Antep Etoğlu Sofrası, Kottbusser Damm 36

Last Thursday, my boss and I were on our way to an after-work event near Hermannplatz on the border between the districts of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. The event was advertised as a “cheese and wine party” and, like a pair of plebs, we had brought neither. Thinking that cheese and wine might not be sufficient to satisfy us after a long day at work, we thought it best to eat a kebab before going to the party. With the scene thus set, we went off to look for Döner.

The Antep Etoğlu Sofrası restaurant

After walking past a few less-salubrious establishments in the area around Hermannplatz U-Bahn station, we happened upon the welcoming sight of the Antep Etoğlu Sofrası restaurant and decided that this was the place for us. A number of local families were also eating there, which is always a good sign, and the place essentially seemed to be a restaurant with a döner-hatch attached to it. We approached the döner-hatch. The restaurant specialises in lahmacun from Antep, so I thought it would be churlish not to try one. I ordered lahmacun with chicken and salad (minus the red cabbage) and with garlic and chilli sauce. We also ordered some Turkish tea or “çay” [chai] and sat down to a very enjoyable meal.

A gentleman prepares a new batch of lahmacun

There are sadly no original images of the meal or the restaurant, but I promise we did actually go there. We just didn’t have any working camera equipment with us. The lahmacun was very flavourful and tasted uniquely herby – I imagine this must be the special Antep way of making them. The salad was fresh and the meat was moist. All in all, an enjoyable repast. My boss ploughed through a vegetarian Zucchinipuffer and then munched her way into a large plate of baklava. We then both went to the cheese and wine party and ate even more food there. Start every meal with a kebab, Döner fans!

The Results

Service: 3/5 (friendly and efficient)

Atmosphere: 4/5 (lively restaurant with local families)

Price: 3/5 (standard)

Taste: 4/5 (very tasty)

To Recap: What Have We Learned?

“çay” [chai] (tea)

Images sourced from http://www.etoglu.com/

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