May 27, 2002
After our visit to the Neue Synagogue, our class stopped for lunch at this café where the local students eat. It is a Jewish but not a kosher restaurant. The décor was ethnic with a lively and cheerful atmosphere. There lots of large tables to be had for groups & smaller ones for couples.
The menu was primarily Middle Eastern, (mostly Jewish and Arab) and there were many vegan and vegetarian dishes amongst these. I also saw several home-style German favorites and heard that they serve the number one apple strudel in town. The portions were generous and many of my fellow diners shared a plate. There was also a long, comfortable bar with an extensive choice of German and some international beers and wines.
During the Spring season, Cafe Oren also has an additional special "Spargel Carte" which is dishes featuring fresh, white asparagus. YUM! A great choice even if you are not a vegetarian. I had the cream of asparagus soup --lovely, soft, rich, and thick. I combined it with a healthy main dish, a salad of steamed white asparagus with vinaigrette dressing. All for about 8 €uros.
From journal BERLIN: History and Memory