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Curry & Chili – Currywurst with a kick in Berlin

Close up of Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst & Pommes) at Curry & Chili Berlin

As a general rule Currywurst is a sausage smothered in ketchup with a sprinkling of curry powder but the best Currywurstbuden take things a step further.  You could say that Curry & Chili on the corner of Osloer Strasse and Prinzenallee in Berlin Wedding has taken it several steps, as it lays claim to the title of Deutschlands schärfster Imbiss (Germany’s spiciest snack bar).

Curry & Chili, a Currywurst Imbiss in Berlin

Frank Spieß opened his Imbiss in 2005 with the intention of offering a 1 Euro takeout but rising costs meant he had to increase prices and led to him searching out a new concept.  Driven by his own passion for spicy food, Frank decided to offer 5 different levels of spiciness.

There are now 12 options on offer.  First, the standard Currywurst with a sprinkling of curry powder and then, with the addition of chilli flakes, what most Buden will serve when you ask for ‘ein bisschen shärfer’.

And that’s when it starts to get interesting.

The 10 Sauces in the window at Curry & Chili Berlin

The brave, or foolhardy depending on your viewpoint, can now opt to add one of 10 levels of spiciness from a range of sauces – from Crazy Jerry at 11,000 Scoville to the own-brand, Curry & Chili Gold Edition at 7,777,777 Scoville.

The 10 sauces (Stufen) on offer at Curry & Chili Berlin

Photo: Courtesy of Curry & Chili

I’ve been to Curry & Chili three times now and the spiciest Currywurst I have eaten is the Stufe 5 – 250,000 Scoville – and I’m pretty sure this is right on my limit.  It was a bit of an effort to eat the two sausages I had and I didn’t quite finish my chips.  It is worth noting that as well as changing the spiciness, the different sauces also have a considerable affect on the flavour of the Currywurst.

Obviously, there are plenty of people out there with a higher tolerance for spicy food or a greater desire to push themselves than me because the Curry & Chili Club, reserved for those who have eaten all 10 sauces, now boasts over 200 members.

The rules for anyone interested in joining (translated from the Curry & Chili website) are:

  1. All 10 levels must be eaten.
  2. All 10 must have been eaten within a 6-month timeframe.
  3. The sausage or chips must be eaten within sight of a Curry & Chili employee.
  4. The sauces can be eaten in any order but level 10 must be eaten last to complete the challenge.
  5. Membership is of course free of charge. Events for members will be displayed on the Curry & Chili website.

I’m pretty sure that this is the kind of challenge that would appeal to groups of men on a stag do (Junggesellenabschied) in Berlin or a ‘lads holiday’ but I have noticed that there are a number of female members too.

I think that the enjoyment is taken out of eating a Currywurst when your lips are burning and your eyes watering so I would definitely recommend working your way through the sauces to find your level.

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst & Pommes) at Curry & Chili Berlin

Curry & Chili is definitely the place to go for Currywurst in Berlin if you would like to test your capacity for spicy food but the standard of the sausages and the ketchup, made fresh each day by Frank’s wife, mean that I would recommend it for a more leisurely and pleasant snack too.

Curry Baude – Lecker Currywurst in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Close Up of Currywurst and Chips (Pommes) at Curry Baude in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Reina Lehmann has been serving Currywurst to the people of Berlin at Curry Baude, his Bude (kiosk) outside U-Bhf Gesundbrunnen, since 1989.

Herr Lehmann prides himself on serving quality food – the sausages and sauces are all homemade with the finest ingredients.

Curry Baude Currywurst Kiosk in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Currywurst is €1.50 and available with or without skin (mit oder ohne Darm) and the Pommes (chips/fries) €1.20 (or €1.30 with ketchup and mayonnaise).  My drink of choice here is a Schultheiss ‘Bombe’ (a 330ml bottle) that will set you back €1.10.

My usual order is 2 x Currywurst mit Darm and Pommes, which I ask for ‘ein bisschen schärfer’ (a little spicier), all washed down with the previously mentioned Schultheiss.

Currywurst and Chips (Pommes) at Curry Baude in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

For me, this is the tastiest Currywurst in Berlin, the ‘top dog’, the ‘best of the Wurst’ if you like.  The sauce, like my previous favourite at zur Bratpfanne, is a blended spicy tomato sauce rather than the ketchup with a sprinkling of curry powder served at many of the cities Buden.

The pommes are nicely cooked – crunchy as you bite into them and soft and fluffy inside. The food is served up piping hot in no time at all.

I haven’t tried it but the locals rave about the Currywurst Spezial, made with sweetcorn, peppers and ‘Zigeunersauce’ – a sweeter alternative to the standard sauce – for €1.80.

Whether you are a ‘Currywurst connoisseur’ or you’ve tried one of the sweet ketchup versions at one of Berlin’s more touristy spots and decided Currywurst isn’t for you, I suggest you head out to U-Bhf Gesundbrunnen and eat the real deal at Curry Baude.

Curry Mitte – Saucy Pleasure in Berlin

Curry Mitte Berlin Sign

It’s amazing that it took me so long to try the Currwurst at Curry Mitte, an Imbiß on Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin, as it’s only about 1km from my flat, but thanks to a recommendation from Gian left in the comments of my Reasons I Miss Berlin #3 – Currywurst post I went there a couple of weeks ago.

Taking advantage of a special offer, I ordered Currywurst (mit darm) mit Pommes (Currywurst (with skin) and Chips) and a small bottle of Berliner Kindl for €4.50.

Currwurst and Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Curry Mitte Berlin

And I have to agree with Gian that Curry Mitte serves one of the best Currywurst in Berlin.

I had the standard sauce, which was tasty and had enough curry to make it interesting without spoiling the flavour, but they do offer options to go spicier.  The sausage and the chips were also very good and with the special offer this was fantastic value for money.

The Currywurst at Curry Mitte is definitely up there amongst the best in Berlin that I have tasted – it wasn’t quite as good as zur Bratpfanne but it was a close run thing.

Reasons I Miss Berlin #3 – Currywurst

I Love Currywurst - sign on a Currywurst van at Ostbahnhof in Berlin

As much as I’m enjoying some home-cooked meals and the opportunity to have a great take-away curry back in the UK, I miss my favourite Berlin snack – Currywurst.

Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to find the best Currywurst in Berlin – my ‘Best of the Wurst’.

Here’s a rundown of my 3 favourite Currywurst Imbisse in Berlin.

1 – zur Bratpfanne

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin

The best Currywurst that I’ve had so far in Berlin is from zur Bratpfanne in Steglitz.  I loved it on my first visit and have been back a few times since, even making some special trips.

2 – Curry 66

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Curry 66 in Berlin

At Curry 66 the sauce is offered in 9 different levels of spiciness from ‘Angenehm’ to ‘Black Death’ – so far the spiciest I have had is 3: Scharf.

3 – Curry 36

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Curry 36 in Berlin

Curry 36 features in all the Berlin guidebooks and along with Konnopke’s Imbiss is probably the most famous of Berlin’s many Imbisse.  Devotees can now get their Curry 36 fix at Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof, as well as the original Imbiss on Mehringdamm.

Bergmann Curry

Currwurst & Chips (Currwurst mit Pommes) at Bergmann Curry, an Imbiss on Bergamnnstrasse in Kreuzberg, Berlin

I went to Bergmann Curry a few weeks back on the recommendation of @jeroenvanmarle.  Jeroen had read my post singing the praises of Zur Bratpfanne and knew about my quest for the ‘Best of the Wurst’ in Berlin.

There are hundreds of Imbisse selling Currywurst in Berlin and quality and flavour seem to vary quite a bit amongst the various stalls and restaurants so I’ve been trying to suss out the star players.

I was in Kreuzberg searching out some more modified street signs by CLET, so it seemed logical to have lunch at Bergmann Curry.  The Imbiss is on Bergmann Strasse not far from the Marheineke Markthalle.

Bergmann Curry, an Imbiss on Bergamnnstrasse in Kreuzberg, Berlin

If my experience there is anything to go by I have to say that this has to be one of the friendliest Currywurst vendors in the city.  If only my German was better I might have understood what the man behind the counter was saying to the customers to make them laugh so much.

I ordered my usual, Currywurst and Chips, (Currywurst mit Pommes) and washed it down with a beer (of course).

The sauce here is ladled out of a large pot and so I asked for a little extra for my chips (I still haven’t got used to the idea of adding mayonnaise).

The sausage was good quality, the sauce was tasty (but not in the same league as Zur Bratpfanne) and the chips were spot on.

To sum it up, Bergmann Curry serves up a very pleasant snack and the service is first-class but for me it’s not ‘the one’.

Zur Bratpfanne


Close up of Currywurst and Chips at Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin

I’m beginning to wonder if my love of Currywurst is turning into a ‘Currywurst problem’.

Friends have started recommending Imbisse (snack restaurants) to me to help me in my hunt for ‘The Best of the Wurst‘.

Not that I’m complaining though because it was through a recommendation that I discovered Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin’s Steglitz.

I enjoyed my first meal there so much that I had to go back a few days later with my camera.

Zur Bratpfanne, a Currywurst Imbiss in Berlin Steglitz

Zur Bratpfanne is on the corner of Schloßstraße and Kieler Strasse, a short walk from the S-Bahn at Rathaus Steglitz and between the U-Bahn stations there and at Schloßstraße.  This means it’s very convenient for the newly opened Primark at the Schloss-Straßen-Center, which judging by the number of bags I’ve seen on the S and U-Bahn lately is already establishing itself as a go to for Berliners.

Zur Bratpfanne offers Bratwurst mit or ohne Darm (with or without skin) for €1.65 and pommes (chips) in small, medium and large for €1.35, €1.80 and €2.40 respectively.

Currywurst and Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin


I was immediately impressed by the quality of the sausage, the crispy/fluffiness of the chips and the flavour and texture of the sauce.

And that sauce is the star of the show.

More of a tomatoey curry sauce than a ketchup, it doesn’t suffer from the sweetness issues of Curry 61 and Konnopke’s.

And it just has something (that I can’t put my finger on) that elevates it above Curry 36 and Curry 66.

In summary, for me, zur Bratpfanne is the best Currywurst in Berlin (so far).  It’s just a pity that you have to go so far from the centre of the city to get it.  But the best things in life are worth putting a little extra effort in to get.

***Update***zur Bratpfanne has now been displaced by Curry Baude as the best Currywurst in Berlin.

Ziervogel’s Kult-Curry

Ziervogel's Kult-Curry Imbiss on Schönhauser Allee in BerlinWhen I heard that a new Currywurst Imbiss, Ziervogel’s Kult-Curry, had opened on Schönhauser Allee in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg I had to go along and try it out.

As a currywurst fan I would have gone anyway but the sensationalist headlines in the papers about the ‘family feud’ that led to its opening certainly added to the intrigue.

Ziervogel’s Kult-Curry is owned and operated by Mario Ziervogel and his wife, Viola.  The name Ziervogel may not mean much to you but his grandfather’s name, Max Konnopke, may ring some bells.  Chances are, if you’ve read a Berlin guidebook, you’ve heard of Konnopke’s Imbiss.

Any comment on the dispute between Waltraud Ziervogel, the current owner of Konnopke’s Imbiss and her son, Mario, would be pure conjecture on my part (for all I know it could be a brilliant marketing ploy), as everything I know I’ve found out second hand.

If you’d like to know more you can check out this video – Der skurrile Currywurst-streit von Berlin – on or this article – Vorsicht, heiß und fetzig – on (both in German).

So, onto the currywurst.

Currywurst & Chips at Ziervogel's Kult-Curry in Berlin

I had my first taste of the food at Ziervogel’s Kult-Curry on the second day of trading when the cards, flowers, balloons and other gifts from well-wishers were laid out on a table in the Imbiss.

In a similar vein to Curry 66, Mario Ziervogel has decided to give customers a choice of sauces of varying spiciness.  The sauces available are:

A table of the currywurst sauces (with Scoville Units) available at Ziervogel's Kult-Curry in Berlin

On my first visit I chose the ‘Scharf’ sauce and my first impressions were that the taste and quality of the meal were very similar to Konnopke’s – the sausage was tasty, the sauce lightly spiced but slightly sweet and the chips delicious.  Which is what you’d expect when the owner spent so long preparing and serving the currywurst there.

As Konnopke’s has established such a reputation for serving good currywurst, that’s certainly no bad thing.

On my second visit I went one hotter and had the ‘Sehr Scharf’ and this is where the two Imbiss differ.  There was a marked increase in the spiciness of the sauce and for those who like a little kick to their food that’s a definite bonus.

I also like that this new Imbiss has an indoor counter and dining space and the service is very warm (as you would expect from a newly opened business but, hopefully, long may it continue).

Time will tell if this will be enough to gain Ziervogel’s Kult-Curry the cult following Konnopke’s Imbiss has and its owner plainly seeks.

Curry 61

Currywurst and Chips at Curry 61, a Currywurst Imbiss in Berlin Mitte

Yesterday I continued my quest to find the ‘Best of the Wurst‘ in Berlin with a trip to Curry 61.

Curry 61 is on Oranienburger Strasse, a stone’s throw from the shops of Hackesher Markt and therefore in a prime position for catering to the tourist crowd.

I bought my Currywurst and Chips, opting for mit Darm (with skin on the sausage), and took it to nearby Monbijou Park to eat in the sunshine.

The chips were great and there was a nice smoky flavour to the sausage but I’m sorry to say that the sauce was too sweet and lacking spice for me.  That said, it filled a hole and gave me some energy to tackle a trip to the Supermarkt for a food shop.

The logo of Curry 61, a Currywurst Imbiss in Berlin Mitte


Curry 66

The sign for Curry 66 - a Currywurst Imbiss in Friedrichshain, BerlinIt has been a while since I blogged about eating Currywurst but rest assured I haven’t fallen out of love with this Berlin snack.  I’ve just been less adventurous for a while and stuck to some familiar haunts and then when I did try somewhere new I got caught up with some other posts.

I first went to Curry 66 when I saw the Matt Adnate piece in my All those in favour say ‘Eye’ post but I’ve been back twice since.

I have to thank Oh-Berlin for the introduction to this little gem, which I first heard about because it was one of their ‘where to go in Berlin’ suggestions for their guest blogger, Sherry, from Ott’s World.

On my first visit I was a little underwhelmed.  You might now be wondering why I described the place as a little gem so let me explain.

The thing in Oh-Berlin’s description of Curry 66 that most made me want to visit was the assertion that it served the spiciest Currywurst in Berlin.

My experience so far of food in Berlin is that it tends to be a lot less spicy than I was used to in the UK so I wanted to see what ‘die schärfste Currywurst in Berlin’ tastes like.

On my first visit I thought that the sauce was tasty but without the kick I was expecting.  It may have been a little spicier than I’d had so far in Berlin but not worthy of advertising it as such.

But I must have missed something.  Either I wasn’t asked how spicy I would like the sauce on that first visit or I misunderstood the question.  On my second visit I was asked and said I would like scharf (spicy/hot in German).

It was only after I sat down that I noticed a table of Currywurst sauces on the side of the Coffee counter, with the spiciness of the sauces available given in Scoville units.

The options are:

The Currywurst sauces available at Curry 66 in Friedrichshain, Berlin - from Angenehm to Black Death

Thankfully ‘Scharf’ was only ‘3’ – it could have been a lot worse.

When I got home I googled Curry 66 and watched some videos on YouTube of people trying the hottest sauces and judging by their reactions (and the sauces being dispensed from pipette’s by people wearing gloves and wrapping the bottles in tissues) they are beyond hot!

Currywurst and Chips at Curry 66, an Imbiss in Friedrichshain, Berlin

This time when I tasted my Currywurst it was definitely spicier than any other I have had in Berlin so far and a real contender for ‘The Best of the Wurst’, as I’ve come to think of my quest for the tastiest Currywurst in Berlin – it comes with plenty of sauce and by the end of my meal the plate was wiped clean.

I would like to warn anyone who goes to Curry 66 that the chips are extremely hot so have a little patience (something I sadly lack when food is placed in front of me).  The Currywurst here is so good, it’ll be worth the wait.

And if you are thinking of trying the hottest sauces please watch this video (which seems to be the Dirty Devil) first – now don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Curry 66 is at Grünberger Strasse 66 in Friedrichshain.  Currywurst with Chips costs €3.40 and a small beer (the best drink to accompany Currywurst) is €1.60.

Hertha Heuwer Plaque: A tribute to the creator of Currywurst

The plaque commemorating Hertha Heuwer, the creator of Currywurst, in Berlin

Why you may ask am I posting a photo of an Asian Supermarket on a blog about Berlin?  If you look a little closer you may see the reason.  When I found out there was a plaque honouring the inventor of the Currywurst, Hertha Heuwer (from a SugarHigh newsletter), with my love of the humble Berlin snack, it was only a matter of time before I went on a pilgrimage.

Tucked away on the side of a supermarket on the corner of Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse and Kantstrasse, the plaque is not likely to be seen by the casual observer.

A close up of the plaque commemorating Hertha Heuwer, the creator of Currywurst, in Berlin

When I was trying to find out more about the origins of the Currywurst for my Konnopke’s Imbiss post I found the following excerpt on Wikipedia (you can read the full article here).

The invention of currywurst is attributed to Herta Heuwer in Berlin in 1949 after she obtained ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder from British soldiers.  She mixed these ingredients with other spices and poured it over grilled pork sausage. Heuwer started selling the cheap but filling snack at a street stand in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin where it became popular with construction workers rebuilding the devastated city.  She patented her sauce, called Chillup, in 1951.  At its height the stand was selling 10,000 servings per week.

If you do check out the plaque you could get yourself another Berlin snack staple, a Doner Kebap (or Doner Kebab), from Efes Bistro, which is just a couple of hundred metres away.