CHAN THAI MARKET FOOD: KREUZBERG
You'll find CHAN in the vibrant neighborhood of Kreuzberg right on the canal along the idlylic street of Paul-Linke-Ufer. Chan is inspired by street vendors in Asian markets and made with the freshest and best ingredients. The dishes are created by traditional Thai recipes, giving you a taste of the most traditional and hardy cuisine but with using only the highest of quality and natural products. The restaurant doesn't mess with any flavor enhancers and buys the custom Asian vegetables biweekly from Bangkok.
The outside patio is surrounded by tall bamboo trees, enclosing you into a sort of tropical oasis in the middle of a busy city- the perfect place to relax for a bit. The inside is sleek and there are vast modern paintings with a big window looking into the kitchen for a transparency. For our starters, we loved the papaya salad, the vegetable spring rolls, and Shi Mai (which I've never had before) that are handmade steamed dumplings filled with pork, prawns, mushrooms and eggs. I steered away from what I typically order at Thai restaurants, which is normally Pad Thai, and went for something new (and a bit daring for me.) For a main I would absolutely recommend ordering the a crispy duck entree if you've never tried it. It was a first for me, and incredibly delicious. Chan also offered a huge variety of soups, noodles, and curries. If you're in the area but lacking an appetite, you should definitely still drop by for a drink. They have fresh tropical smoothies that you can watch them make, long drinks, cocktails, wine, traditional tea, aperitivs, German draft beer, and even just a simple coffee brewed from Tres Cabezas. The vegetables are carved into beautiful flowers, or swans, making your dinner plate look more like a lovely art piece. The portions are substantial and you definitely won't leave hungry.