|Address||Linienstrasse 160; 10115 Berlin
by Kleine Hamburger Strasse
|Neighbourhood||Mitte | See on map|
|S-Bahn/U-Bahn||Oranienburger Tor [U6], Oranienburger Strasse [S1, S2, S25], Rosenthaler Platz [U8]|
|Telephone||+49 30 284 49500|
|Price||Lunch EUR 15-25. Dinner EUR 30-50.|
|Hours||Tues-Fri from 11 till late. Sat-Mon from 17 till late.|
Originally meant as a temporary canteen for workers at the David Chipperfield studio, Maren Thimm and Gary Hoopengardner’s Kantine turned out to attract a somewhat larger audience than planned. So while she still works the front and he the kitchen, they've expanded to this second location and taken on the name of Lokal.
It’s grown in size but the lived-in and understated, laid-back feel remains; Kantine’s original reclaimed floors also made the move, as have the wooden tables and mis-matched chairs. Throw on a few church candles and strew about pots of fresh flowers, and you’ve got the perfect spot for some lunch-time time-wasting, low-key dinner dating and, more importantly, good German food.
The menu – changed daily and published on their blog – incorporates the best of the country’s dishes from homemade noodles and wild pig schnitzel to beef served with morish German pan-fried potatoes and homemade coleslaw. Dishes are rich without being too heavy: traditional, yet far from the old Dirndl brigade. Finish up with homemade cookies, Strudels and cheese.
The restaurant can get busy but there’s also a bar menu of smaller bites, available from 17 and perfect with a drink at one of the outdoor tables on warmer days. And though service can be slow – this is Berlin, after all – it’s friendly enough. Like at a neighbourhood local, you might say.