A viable alternative to the long queues at Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap (and for me the schlep to Kreuzberg), the simply named, Gemüse Kebap has opened on Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg.
Legend has it that the Döner Kebap (or Doner Kebab) was invented in Kreuzberg so it’s no surprise that it is one of Berlin’s most popular snacks.
Serving a variation on the traditional lamb or veal (a combination of chicken and roasted vegetables with the usual trimmings), Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, is one of the city’s most popular Dönerbuden. As Mustafa’s has been in numerous Berlin guidebooks and has rightly gained a solid reputation, and achieved a kind of cult status, eating there normally involves a considerable wait.
Gemüse Kebap on Kastanienallee has two advantages over its more famous rival:
- Indoor seating: particularly welcome during a Berlin winter. The tables and chairs are repurposed wooden pallets.
- A significantly shorter wait: that could well change though when word gets around.
On my two visits to Gemüse Kebap, my Döner was ready within just a few minutes and bang on the money for flavour. The meat and vegetables were well cooked and seasoned, the salad fresh, the sauce spicy and the finishing touches – crumbled Feta cheese and a squeeze of lemon – for me, the crowning glory.
Like Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, the new Gemüse Kebap in Prenzlauer Berg may well benefit from its proximity to another of Berlin’s landmark eateries. The queues for Mustafa’s sometimes stretch along Mehringdamm to Curry 36, whilst Gemüse Kebap is only a short distance from another of Berlin’s most popular Currywurst Buden – Konnopke’s Imbiß.
For me, the only thing missing at Gemüse Kebap is beer but there are a number of Spätis on Kastanienallee so the beer drinker’s thirst can be easily satisfied. And it’s also very near Berlin’s oldest Biergarten – Prater Garten – so in the summer, a Kebap will be the perfect food for soaking up a few Feierabend beers.