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Café Honiggelb Shakshuka in an oasis of cosiness

Wednesday, February 16 2022
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Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00am - 4:30pm

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Turmstraße 10
10559 Berlin-Moabit
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When it comes to shakshuka, I'm always on the alert since my girlfriend, a big fan of Israel, discovered her passion for this great dish. No matter what time of day, you can always have shakshuka. So we were all the more delighted when Idil Scharf invited us to her café Honiggelb, where there is regularily a shakshuka special on Saturdays.

So we set off for Moabiter Turmstraße, where one of the cosiest cafés we've ever been to awaits us. When you say cosy café, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a living room-like place, with sofas and books. Café Honiggelb is entirely different, yet you immediately feel at home because the idea was to create a place where everyone can feel that way. Both fans of stylish hipster cafes and those who prefer it personal and cosy.

Yellow is the name and predominant colour here. In Honiggelb, Idil has applied her personal passion for collecting yellow objects, especially from the 70s, for the interior. Combined with the light walls and the many plants, it has a very warm and calming effect. It's hard to put into words, but the tasteful colour scheme makes the café look immaculately clean and inviting at the same time. The wall on which a climbing plant entwines itself around the Honiggelb accessories is particularly visually inspiring. 

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Everything here is handmade. Idil's husband is an architect, and together they designed and built both the layout and the furniture. The recipes come from Idil and even partly from her mother. A personal touch that you can also taste. During the week, there is lunch with quiche, soup of the day and changing dishes, primarily vegetarian or vegan. At the weekend, there's breakfast, coffee and cake and, as a special, the reason we're here: The Shakshuka.

So we start our Saturday brunch with tea and a cappuccino. The shakshuka comes in cast-iron pans, from which it smells delicious and still sizzles quietly, served with baguette. What can I say: as far as shakshuka goes, this one is really first class. The flavours of the individual components come through wonderfully fruity and result in the beautiful freshness and spiciness that one associates with the Israeli dish.

We are served a selection from the other food on offer to accompany this. There are hearty mini-scones with sweet potato filling and Ras el Hanout, an oriental spice mixture, which complements the slightly saltier dough of the scones wonderfully. In addition to a classic bagel, there is also a chickpea salad to go with the shakshuka. To round things off sweetly, an airy, crispy croissant with the perfect consistency, as well as two cake creations of their own.

The first one is a cheesecake. Cheesecake is a subject of controversy. Some prefer it firm and cheesy, others fluffy and egg-heavy. This one has a firm yet light consistency and is thoroughly delicious. We also got to try an alternative to the carrot cake, which has just been added to the range: a sweet potato and ginger cake. Incredibly moist and full of flavour, this is an honest recommendation!

Our conclusion: Café Honiggelb makes you feel good at any time of the day.

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