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Little Otik Berlin. Photo: blogdeadolfo.wordpress.com

Little Otik Berlin. Photo:

Address Graefestrasse 7; 10967 Berlin
by Böckhstrasse
Neighbourhood Kreuzberg, Neukölln | See on map
S-Bahn/U-Bahn Schönleinstrasse [U8], Kottbusser Tor [U1, U8]
Telephone +49 30 5036 2301
Website http://www.littleotik.de
https://www.facebook.com/littleotikrestaurant
Price EUR 40-60
Hours Wed-Sat 19-23

Update: Jeff & Ken have now left Berlin and closed Little Otik. It all began when chef Kevin Avery and his partner DJ Jeffrey Sfire started the monthly Palisaden Supper Club for ten at a time and it outgrew their own front room in Friedrichshain. Now the Brooklyn couple is permanently based in ‘Kreuzkölln’, where the country-style interiors of Little Otik echo the same hunter-gatherer ethos as their food.

The place prides itself on a menu which changes according to what’s found by local foragers, farmers and hunters. It’s like a trip to the woods full of surprises, just not the cottaging kind: At least one thing on the menu changes every day, with a full overhaul following monthly.

Pig’s head might appear one night if Babe’s time is up or, if it happens to be beet season, there’ll be a plate of the red stuff up for grabs, perfectly prepared with citrus and crème fraîche. Desserts are crazy yummy and drinks aren’t forgotten just because you can’t find them in the forest; teetotallers can sip on ‘Full Moon Water’, bottled once a month, whilst the rest of us get a choice of great German wines.

The restaurant has become an essential Berlin foodie haunt but remains as casual as a visit to the sticks – frisky friends apart – with the entire décor sourced from a salvage yard. Holding only a handful of wooden tables, you’ll want to call ahead to make a reservation, although there’s also space up at the bar if you’re dining solo or just want a snack of buttered radishes.