As my birthday was during the time of our stay in Berlin, Germany, I was looking for a special dinner opportunity. I was thinking about some Israeli food at the Neni Berlin, but the restaurant was fully booked during the peak hours. Therefore I was searching on the Internet and found the Italian restaurant Lavanderia vecchia (old laundry) and decided to give it a try.
The Lavanderia vecchia is located in the second backyard of a Neukölln street. You can easily park your car at the Kindl-Boulevard (Mainzer Str. 27) – the multistorey carpark was really empty and cheap. The restaurant is in an old laundry and decorated according to the former usage: cloth are hanging on lines and an old washing drum has been converted to a fountain – the Fontana di Trevi. 😉
The atmosphere there was really nice, even though it is quite a loud place. It spreads this special Italian feeling and apart from the owners everyone is of Italian origin. The kitchen is included in the main room and you can always watch the chefs work – it is part of the entertainment. In the evenings it is necessary to book in advance and there is only one fixed menu available. We payed 60 Euros per person for a nine course menu but most drinks were already included.
– Prosciutto San Daniele, fiore sardo, marmellata di arance amare, gorgonzola di capra
– Insalata di asparagi bianchi, gel di vodka, provola vaccina
– Pane carasau con verdure arrosto, peperoni verdi di fiume, olio al habanero
– Zuppa di carciofi e limone candito
– Maltagliati con cipolla rossa di Tropea marinata, basilico e olive
– Risotto albicocca e speck
– Spaghetto al tartufo nero
Paesaggio marino di Massimo Bottura: Calamari ripieni di capesante su gel alle ostriche e vongole e limone di sorrento
The menu changes every week and you can look it up on their web site. Having no choice was no drawback: my wife dislikes to choose from long menu lists and I really liked the idea of tasting things I wouldn’t have ordered otherwise. This way I tested a lot of nice food and unexpectedly I also discovered Chinotto lemonade made from bitter oranges – somehow the same as Maltas special drink Kinnie. After dinner we took an espresso and a digestif at the bar to finalize the evening. It was a good choice for a special day!