Oliv Eat – A New Favourite in the Old Tagesspiegel Borough
From the start, Café Oliv attracted countless Berlin natives and chic guests from around the world alike, making it the hottest spot in Mitte. After eight years, Oliv has brought its great sense of style to the West.
A dark, minimalistic shelf on a silt-black background. Warm concrete walls. Mastic asphalt and custom-made industrial radiators under massive oaken benches. Nearly everything in Oliv Eat is individually made or a rarity.
The restaurant-cafe, with its love of detail, has also become a befitting platform for Danish chef Mats Johannson. Amongst several other respectable addresses, he’s already worked in the renowned Noma in Copenhagen and now heads the kitchen that was always missing in the Oliv Café in Mitte.
Alongside the highly praised Bircher muesli and the equally popular homemade carrot cake, there are now delicious lunch dishes – such as the grilled salmon with lemon grass butter and seasonal sides, or the beef tagliata with roast potatoes, chili mayonnaise, and coleslaw, which we had the absolute pleasure of enjoying during our visit.
Mahne himself describes the kitchen as regional, seasonal. Until winter they'll be serving glorious-looking sandwiches, a rotation of soups, exquisite quinoa bowls, quiche, salads, stews, and casseroles. For Mahne, vegetarian and vegan alternatives are a given.
Oliv Eat should be open evenings in the near future as well. The premises are already available for events, including an individually prepared menu. The kitchen also delivers catering orders, large and small, of incredible quality.
All dishes are also available to take away, from excellent coffee to warm meals. The only drawback? Having to pass up the wonderful service from the lovely staff.
We'll be back this weekend ourselves, ready to fall in love with the crepes with fresh fruit, vanilla cream, and roasted hazelnuts – or perhaps the avocado sandwich with lemon dressing and poached egg – which are served as all day breakfasts. We can hardly wait!