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Piri’s Chicken Burgers – Spicing Up Berlin’s Burger Scene

Piri Burger Close Up at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

One of the most common complaints amongst newcomers to Berlin is a lack of spicy food options.  With the opening of Piri’s Chicken Burgers on Wiener Strasse in Kreuzberg, chilli-lovers now have one more go to destination to feel the burn.

Piri Piri (or Peri Peri) is a spicy sauce, Portuguese in origin, and a favourite of Jordi and Jules, the brains behind Piri’s Chicken Burgers.

Jordi and Jules at Piri's Chicken Burgers Berlin

Photo: Piri’s Chicken Burgers via Instagram

The pair are school friends from Sydney, where, Jordi tells me, Portuguese restaurants are commonplace thanks to an established immigrant population.

When Jordi came to Berlin he spotted a gap in the market.  “There weren’t really any places selling Piri Piri chicken here”, he says, “and we realised if we wanted to eat it, we’d have to make it ourselves”.

His business partner Jules, who has been in Berlin for the last 8 years is no stranger to the restaurant scene here, having opened the popular Mexican restaurants Santa Maria, Maria Bonita (now run by one of his former business partners, Trey Wright) and Maria Peligro (which has since closed).

Piri’s Chicken Burgers debuted at Burgers n Hip Hop in January, where Jules’s efforts, cooking burgers in the snow were rewarded with a second place in the ‘best burgers’ voting.

There was some fine-tuning in March at the rain-affected St Patrick’s Day parade and the Kreuzberg location finally opened its doors on the last weekend in May.

Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

Getting the restaurant ready for opening, Jordi explains took a little longer than expected – there was a bit more work to be done to get the kitchen ship-shape than first hoped.

Menu at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

The menu is limited to five burger options: The Priri, a breaded chicken burger; The Mojo, ‘same as the Piri but twice as big'; The Buckshot, with cheese steak; The Fiction, a Tofu option for vegetarians; and The Rockness Monstah, with Piri’s extra spicy Trauma sauce.

The buns are bought in from Schiller Burger.  “We could buy cheaper”, Jordi says, “but they’re the best in Berlin.  We want to give people food that they’re going to come back for”.

And the food here certainly is worth coming back for.

Piri Burger In Progress at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin Piri Burger at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

The Piri burger is a mountain of breaded chicken with Piri sauce, mayonnaise, cheese and iceberg lettuce, €5 on its own, or €7.50 as a menu with a side of Pommes and a soft drink or a small beer.

The chicken is succulent breast meat and the piri sauce has the right level of spice to make things interesting without setting your mouth on fire.

Cheese Steak on the Grill at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin The Buckshot at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

The star of the show for me though is The Buckshot, chopped steak and cheese with bacon, sautéed red onions, pickle, tomato, iceberg lettuce and Chipotle mayonnaise €6 and €8.50 for the menu.

When I ask for the Trauma sauce on my Pommes, Jules warns me that it’s really spicy (he’s not wrong).  It’s tasty but certainly only to be eaten in moderation.  My advice: dip a chip and give it a go.  In this case, if you go big you probably will go home.

For me, the Pommes are the one element where there is room for improvement.  They’re OK but no better than that – homemade fries or sweet potato fries would take things to the next level.

Free Beer at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

It is no surprise to me when Jordi tells me that feedback for the food has been on the whole positive “though some people have complained that they weren’t warned about the spiciness of the dishes. Have you seen our logo?  It’s a skull on a chilli with flames.  What do people expect?”

Logo at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

Piri’s Chicken Burgers is a welcome addition to what is already a bewildering choice of burger options in Berlin.  The fiery sauces won’t suit everyone but if you would like a milder version, just ask – the guys will be happy to accommodate you.

Schiller Burger Berlin

Chilli Cheeseburger and Süßkartoffel Pommes at Schiller Burger Berlin

I’m certainly not the only one, but since I arrived here I’ve been trying to find Berlin’s Best Burger and, for me, Schiller Burger is one of the best.

As they recently opened a third Berlin location, I’m obviously not the only one who thinks so.

A common theme runs through the décor at the three locations: Herrfurthstrasse 7 in Neukölln; Schönleinstrasse 34 in Kreuzberg; and Wühlichstrasse 41/42 in Friedrichshain.

Menu and Counter at Schiller Burger Herrfurthstrasse Berlin

Neon Lit Interior at Schiller Burger Wühlichstrasse Berlin

Schiller Burger Wühlichstrasse Berlin Menu

As all three have limited indoor seating, it is worth noting that it is possible to take burgers from the Schiller Burger on Herrfurthstrasse to the Schiller Café a little further along the street – handy in the winter months.

When the sun is shining there are also lots of outdoor seats along the pavement here and Tempelhofer Feld is just around the corner if a summer burger picnic is your thing.

Schiller Burger Herrfurthstrasse Berlin

My burger of choice at Schiller Burger is the Chilli Cheeseburger (referred to on the menu as the Wallenstein).

There are slight variations between the burgers at the various locations in Berlin – the Chilli Cheeseburger, for instance, comes with Nachos at the Friedrichshain restaurant.

The basic idea is the same though – juicy, medium-cooked beef, cheese, salad and the kick of a generous serving of Jalapeños in a homemade bun (which is certainly part of what elevates this burger).

Chilli Cheeseburger at Schiller Burger Berlin Close-Up

Another of the big draws of Schiller Burger for me is their Süßkartoffel Pommes (Sweet Potato Fries), which have an extra crunchy texture and a sweet flavour that enhances my enjoyment of the spicy burger.

Süßkartoffel Pommes (Sweet Potato Fries) at Schiller Burger Berlin Close-up

To complete the ultimate threesome I add the Aioli – a garlicy punch that ensures maximum enjoyment and knock your socks off breath afterwards.

And to wash all that down I’d recommend a Bayreuther Hell.

Luckily for burger fans, Berlin seems to be teeming with top-notch burger joints, and Schiller Burger is up there with the best.

JR – Wrinkles of the City in Berlin – Part 2

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 12

Wrinkles of the City by French street artist, JR is undoubtedly one of the most exciting street art projects to hit Berlin.

Since I first saw his crew pasting one of the artworks at Warschauer Strasse a few weeks ago, photos of JR’s pieces have been regularly appearing in my Instagram and Twitter feeds.

Since I wrote my JR – Wrinkles of the City in Berlin post last week I’ve seen a few more of the photographs of Berlin residents on my wanders around Berlin.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 13

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 14

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 15

You have until 25 May 2013 to see the Wrinkles of the City exhibition at Galerie Henrink Springmann in Berlin – a great opportunity to see more wonderful work by one of the world’s foremost street artists – JR.

Berlin Street Art Vol 10 – Various Artists

New pieces appear year round on the streets of Berlin but it has been noticeable that since the weather has improved more artists have been hitting the city.  With lots of great Street Art from ALANIZ, ALIAS, CAZ.L and El Bocho to name a few, the problem with compiling this post wasn’t finding good work but agonizing over what to leave out.

That just means that there’s plenty in the bag for more posts though.


It’s always good to find new work by ALIAS and I love the pieces that appeared in Mitte recently.

Game Over - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Behind Bars - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Batter Up - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Peter Pink

This is the first time I’ve seen a Peter Pink piece for myself so the first time he’s appeared on andBerlin but I love the humour in his work that I’ve seen on his Facebook page and other blogs – especially his potatoes.

Angela Merkel - Muss Ja - Street Art by Peter Pink in Berlin


I used a piece by Berlin based street artist CAZ.L in my Dog Lover post and here are a couple more paste-ups spotted in the city lately.  I don’t know much (read next to nothing) about the artist but check out the Facebook Page for updates.

Ride Into The Sun - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

Adoration - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

El Bocho

It would seem that El Bocho favourite Little Lucy has spent the winter coming up with a business plan – she’s still finding inventive ways to kill Kitti who is now on the menu.

Little Lucy Hanging Kitti - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Little Lucy - Katzeneintopf - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Little Lucy's Sandwich Shop - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin


As well as the usual paste-ups I’ve found a couple of huge ALANIZ paintings in Berlin lately. Painted with giant rollers you can see more new work in ALANIZ’s Flickr stream.

In Hiding - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

The Blind Prophet - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

No Child Is Born A Criminal - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

Robi The Dog

I don’t know if Swiss artist Robi The Dog has moved to Berlin but I’ve seen new works from him regularly since last summer.

Mariachi Boy - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin


Plenty of paste-ups by Swiss street artist .FRA have appeared on walls and doors all over Berlin lately – I’ve seen them in Mitte, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding.

Vado In Miniera - Street Art by .FRA in Berlin

Wanna Buff? (Mexican Wrestler) - Street Art by .FRA in Berlin

.FRA and Robi The Dog

These two Swiss guys have obviously been out pasting together and I love this combination.

Speak Louder & Leggy Zebra - Street Art by Robi The Dog & .FRA in Berlin

Stay tuned for more great Berlin Street Art soon.

Big Stuff Smoked BBQ at Markthalle IX Berlin

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ in Markthalle IX Berlin

Big Stuff Smoked BBQ in the Markthalle IX in Kreuzberg should be a Mecca for Berlin meat lovers.  The sandwiches are mouth-wateringly spectacular – so tasty in fact, that looking at the pictures while I type this is almost too much to bear.

The star of the show at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ is undoubtedly the meat, which has been slow cooked to the point where it is melt-in-the-mouth tender, juicy and succulent but the sauces and accompaniments play a commendable supporting role.  The buns are organic, handmade in Berlin and based on a traditional Scottish recipe.

On my first visit I went for the Pulled Pork sandwich for €5.50, which came with BBQ sauce, slices of apple and salad leaves.

I would always recommend taking the staff’s advice on what to have in your sandwich.

Last time, I went for the Beef Brisket sandwich, which costs €6 and came with a spicy BBQ sauce, Sauerkraut and pickles.

Beef Brisket Sandwich at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ in Markthalle IX Berlin

Feeling particularly hungry I opted to go back for seconds and this time chose the Pork Belly sandwich, the most expensive of the three at €7, accompanied by pickles and BBQ sauce.

Pork Belly Sandwich at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ in Markthalle IX Berlin

It turned out my eyes were bigger than my belly – don’t be fooled by the size of the buns, as you can see they are overflowing with meat – despite my big appetite I had to call on Steffi to help me out.

There is also a Meat Platter on the menu but I haven’t tried that yet.  There’s always next time.

If you are eating at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ I would recommend washing down your sandwich with a beer from Heiden Peters.  I’ve been very impressed with the Pale Ale and the Weizen that I have had there in the last couple of weeks.

The logo of Big Stuff Smoked BBQ in Markthalle IX Berlin

There is a warning on the Big Stuff Smoked BBQ Facebook page:

Please note: our food takes endless hours to cook, so when it’s over it’s over.  Come hungry and come early.

Big Stuff Smoked BBQ is only open from Thursday to Saturday and always seems busy – I guess those in the know are determined to get their fix.  I have been the last two weeks during the new weekly Berlin event, Street Food Thursday at Markthalle IX – and the queue has snaked around the corner of the booth – always a sign of good quality.

Five Elephant – Sublimely Good New York Cheesecake in Berlin

The sign at Five Elephant Berlin

When Steffi and Bine told me that they had driven from Charlottenburg to Prenzlauer Berg just to get the New York Cheesecake at The Bird it got me wondering where you get the best New York Cheesecake in Berlin.  I started to draw up a list and the first place to go on it was Five Elephant.

On Reichenberger Strasse in Kreuzberg, in their own words:

Five Elephant is a specialty coffee micro roastery, bakery and cafe in Berlin, Germany. Passionate about quality, our goal is to source the best coffees in the world in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible.

You can read more about Five Elephant’s approach to sourcing and brewing their coffee on their website and Facebook page.

All this is lost on me because I’m not a coffee drinker so it’s lucky that Steffi had come along, tempted by the prospect of excellent Cheesecake, and sampled a Cappuccino (very good).  I have to admit that it looked great but coffee is just not for me.

Cappuccino at Five Elephant Berlin

And the Cheesecake? It was as good as it looks, if not better.

New York Cheesecake at Five Elephant Berlin

The top was rich and creamy and light and the biscuit base sweet and crunchy – so crunchy in fact that I somehow managed to get some in my pocket.

As well as the stellar desserts and great coffee, Five Elephant is in a great spot.  It’s just a short walk from the Landwehrkanal and what is arguably the most instagrammed view in Berlin – equally stunning in snow and sun.

The Landwehrkanal from Hobrechtbrücke on a snowy Berlin day

The Landwehrkanal from Hobrechtbrücke on a sunny Berlin day

For me, the New York Cheesecake at Five Elephant in Berlin is as close as a dessert can come to Heaven so it’s going to take some beating but I’m still going to continue my quest for Berlin’s best New York Cheesecake.

Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin)

The Collegienhaus - the Old Building of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Like Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art), I visited the Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin) with my first Museum Pass in 2010 and was determined to go back during my Berlin Museum Marathon in February this year.

The Zinc facade of the Libeskind Building of the Jewish Museum Berlin

The Museum is housed in a combination of the Collegienhaus (Old Building), the former Superior Court of Justice for the Kurmark Brandenburg, and the striking and more instantly recognisable zinc façade of the Libeskind Building.

The new building, opened in 2001, is accessible only through a staircase from the Old Building, which it zig-zags away from and the walls are cut through by the irregular shapes of the windows and a series of voids.

A view out of an opening in The Libeskind Building of the Jewish Museum Berlin

A cross shaped opening in The Libeskind Building of the Jewish Museum Berlin

In  2000 Daniel Libeskind said that the museum voids refer to:

that which can never be exhibited when it comes to Jewish Berlin history: Humanity reduced to ashes.

The installation Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) by Israeli artist Menashe Kadishnman consists of more than 10,000 iron faces, representing the innocent victims of war and violence, that cover the floor of the Memory Void.

Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) by Israeli artist Menashe Kadishnman in the Memory Void of the Jewish Museum Berlin

The Axis of the Holocaust leads to a heavy door that opens into another of the building’s voids, The Holocaust Tower.  As with all of the voids the walls are bare concrete and the tower is neither air conditioned nor heated.  Natural light enters through a space at the top of the tower.  The combination of these environmental factors creates a peaceful, if slightly disconcerting, atmosphere.

Inside The Holocaust Tower at the end of the Axis of the Holocaust at the Jewish Museum Berlin

At the end of the Axis of Emigration, is the Garden of Exile, a series of 49 concrete stelae, taller than those of the Memorial To The Murdered Jews of Europe, but similarly arranged in a regular pattern on sloping ground.  Here, the stelae are filled with earth and trees grow from them.  The same disorienting effect results.

The Garden of Exile at the end of The Axis of Emigration at the Jewish Museum Berlin

The Axis of Continuity leads to a staircase and the exhibition space above, where the permanent exhibits present two millennia of German Jewish History.

Paintings on display as part of the permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Silver on display as part of the permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Yellow fabric with Jewish Stars by Geitel & Co at Jewish Museum Berlin

Inevitably some of the most notable and heartbreaking exhibits are holocaust related.  The museum has the following explanation of the yellow star:

Beginning in September 1941, all Jews were required to wear a yellow star: “Jews six years of age and older are prohibited from appearing in public without a Jewish star…It is to be worn visibly on the left side of the breast, firmly sewn to the clothing.”

The stars were manufactured by the Berlin flag maker Geitel & Co.  Great lengths of cloth were stored on the premises of the Gestapo-controlled “National Union of Jews in Germany”.  For a processing fee of 10 pfennig, the Jews had to purchase the yellow star and sew it to their clothing.

For more information about the Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin), including opening hours and prices see their website.

Stolpersteine 204: Remembering The Eisenstädt Family – Gunter Demnig at work

Stolpersteine Berlin 204: In memory of Kurt Eisenstädt, Käte Eisenstädt and Berl Eisenstädt (Erkelenzdamm 9)

On 28 March I ticked a very important item off my to do list when I saw Gunter Demnig at work laying Stolpersteine in Berlin.  Three Stolpersteine were placed outside Erkelenzdamm 9 in Kreuzberg in memory of Kurt Eisenstädt, Käte Eisenstädt and Berl Eisenstädt.

I got to witness these Stolpersteine being laid because one of the stones, the one for Berl Eisenstädt, was sponsored by NotMs Parker of the wonderful Kreuzberg’d blog.

It was clear to the small group gathered at Erkelenzdamm 9 just how much the laying of these memorials to the Eisenstädt family meant to NotMs Parker.

Gunter Demnig holding a Stolperstein outside Erkelenzdamm 9 in Berlin Kreuzberg

She told us that she had come across Berl Eisenstädt’s name in a list of Jews transported to Auschwitz, where he was murdered shortly after his second birthday.  The proximity of his age to that of her own sons at the time had touched her deeply.  Knowing of Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine initiative she was determined that others should know the fate of this little boy.

As explained on Kreuzberg’d in the post Stolperstein For The Little Berlin Eisenstädt, what she was not aware of at the time was that Berl’s parents’ fate had been discovered by two other people, who had also requested Stolpersteine.

Gunter Demnig digging a hole to lay Stolpersteine in memory of the Eisenstädt family outside Erkelenzdamm 9 in Berlin Kreuzberg

Gunter Demnig enlarging a hole to lay Stolpersteine in memory of the Eisenstädt family outside Erkelenzdamm 9 in Berlin Kreuzberg

Gunter Demnig laying Stolpersteine in memory of the Eisenstädt family outside Erkelenzdamm 9 in Berlin Kreuzberg

Gunter Demnig sweeps a newly laid group of Stolpersteine in memory of the Eisenstädt family outside Erkelenzdamm 9 in Berlin Kreuzberg

You can see more about the Stolpersteine at Erkelenzdamm 9 on Kreuzberg’d.

If you’re wondering what Stolpersteine are and would like to know more about the project check out my first Stolpersteine post.

Stolpersteine 198 – 203

Stolpersteine Berlin 203e: In memory of Berthold Goldschmidt (Reichenberger Strasse 181)

I have updated my Stolpersteine Gallery with photos of the Stolpersteine I saw in Berlin over the last week (with the exception of one very special group of stones that I will post about soon).

These Stolpersteine were dedicated to: Heinrich Thieslauk (Warschauer Strasse 60); Robert Becker, Jenny Becker, Erna Becker and Erich Becker (Warschauer Strasse 61); Hans Litten and Martha Litten (Grünberger Strasse 43-45); Wilhelm Selke (Ritterstrasse 109); Willi Otto Büttner (Reichenberger Strasse 184); Morduch Raichlin, Erich Lustig, Frida Raichlin, Ida Lustig, Arthur Itzig, Gertrud Itzig, Amalie Itzig, Gerd Itzig, Cäcilie Lazarus, Tana Stern and Berthold Goldschmidt (Reichenberger Strasse 181).

My first post about Stolpersteine explains the background to these memorials to the victims of National Socialism created by artist Gunter Demnig.