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Gemüse Kebap in Prenzlauer Berg

Gemüse Kebap (Chicken Döner) Berlin Prenzlauer Berg Close Up

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:

  1. Indoor seating: particularly welcome during a Berlin winter.  The tables and chairs are repurposed wooden pallets.
  2. 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.

Gemüse Kebap (Chicken Döner) Berlin Prenzlauer Berg Close Up

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 BudenKonnopke’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 BiergartenPrater Garten – so in the summer, a Kebap will be the perfect food for soaking up a few Feierabend beers.

Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap – Near Hackescher Markt

Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap on Oranienburger Strasse near Hackescher Marky in Berlin

***Update 8 March 2013 – CLOSED: I went to buy a Gemuse Kebap from Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebap near Hackescher Markt on Tuesday only to find that the Imbiss is gone.  I went to the original stall on Mehringdamm during my Berlin Museum Marathon and will go back soon to take photos and post. – CLOSED***

Believe it or not, despite living in Berlin for a year, I still haven’t been to the hugely popular Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebap on Mehringdamm, where the queues rival the Berlin Currywurst institution, Curry 36, just a few steps along the street.

I did have a Döner at the newer and less well-known stall on Oranienburger Strasse near Hackescher Markt this week though.

There was also a short-lived stall operating under the U-Bahn station at Eberwalder Strasse earlier in the summer, though opinion was divided on whether this was the genuine article.

When I went to the Imbiss on Oranienburger Strasse the other day I was pleased to see that there was no queue and I ordered a Döner.

A Döner (Doner Kebab) from Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap on Oranienburger Strasse near Hackescher Marky in Berlin

The combination of chicken with fried vegetables, fresh salad, Feta cheese, a squeeze of lemon and, for me, Scharf (spicy) sauce is a taste sensation.

As I did when I visited Curry 61, I took my food to the nearby Monbijoupark to eat.

The funky Mustafa’s website is worth checking out for the Döner Disko (click on the speakers) alone.  Don’t fall for the Live Cam (click on the CCTV camera) though – people are certainly not wearing shorts in Berlin today, when it’s 3°C.

At €3, a Döner (with Chicken) at Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap is excellent value for money and great for lunch or as a snack to soak up some booze on a long Berlin night out.  I will have to brave the queues and visit the original soon.

Efes Bistro – Döner Kebap

The sign and logo of Efes Bistro in Berlin

With the largest Turkish population of any city outside Turkey it is no surprise that there are a plethora of Imbiße and restaurants serving Turkish Food in Berlin.

Efes Bistro is one such restaurant and for me it’s a real belter.  Situated on the corner of Kantstrasse and Windscheidstrasse, it is a short stroll from the S-Bahnhof Charlottenburg and the shops on Wilmersdorfer Strasse.

The doner kebabs here are made with veal and are served in a triangular crusted bread rather that the pitta used in most kebab shops in the UK.  They come filled with fresh salad and a choice of three sauces (for me it has to be Chilli).

This Döner Kebap im Brot was €2.90 and washed down with a Berliner Kindl, made for a tasty and filling lunch.

A Döner Kebap im Brot (Doner Kebab in bread) at Efes Bistro in Berlin

Efes Bistro is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area but I like the Döner Kebap so much that I’m happy to take a train just to eat there.