Please note: Hans Wurst has closed as of January 2011.
Before arriving in Berlin I asked a lot of people for restaurant recommendations and everyone suggested I check out Hans Wurst. The restaurant serves organic vegan food and has an interesting menu with a mix of seasonal specials and standard items like salads, burgers and pizza. I ate there twice, once for brunch and once for dinner.
I’ll start off with the best of the two experiences. I had a really great meal when I met up with two Couch Surfers for Sunday brunch. We arrived right at 11:00 a.m. and were amongst the first people to dig into all of the delicious looking salads and dips. I filled my plate with little samples of couscous salad, pasta salad, rice salad, lentil salad, vegetable salad, fruit salad, smoked tofu, basil tofu, several bean dips, a slice of whole grain bread and a fresh muffin. It was a feast!
The Hans Wurst Sunday brunch buffet is pay-what-you-can, with the suggested amount being €9.00 – 12.00 Euros ($11.57-15.42 USD). There’s lots of variety and healthy options. It’s a great place to hangout and enjoy good food, good music, and good company.
The first time I went to Hans Wurst, John and I had dinner with Jana, our Couch Surfing host. I was super excited after hearing so many good things about this place but we left disappointed. John ordered the burger and fries, and I ordered the Hawaiian pizza. Both dishes were mediocre. The burger fell apart after a few bites due to the bun that had been substituted for toast. My pizza had only a few dabs of vegan cheese, which in the end turned out to be a blessing because the cheese was hard like plastic anyway. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised about that one.
In this case, I think it’s a matter of getting what you pay for. We opted for the pizza and burger because they were less expensive than the fancier specials. The burger with potato wedges was €6.40 Euros ($8.22 USD) and the large pizza was about €9.00 Euros ($11.57 USD).
Jana had a totally different experience. She ordered tofu cubes pan fried with apple slices and a red chili oil served with rice noodles, black sesame seeds and a mint cashew pesto. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it!? I’m happy to report she really enjoyed her dish. She had a good approach when it came to making her menu selection. She paid more, about €13.00 Euros ($16.71 USD), but got a tasty meal and something she probably wouldn’t make for herself at home.
Despite our less than stellar dinner experience, I’d still recommend Hans Wurst. However, I’d add the caveat that you’re better off waiting until you can afford one of the fancier menu items because there are a lot of places in town who offer burgers and pizzas. I know the Hans Wurst team is capable of good things. Check out their flickr account and see for yourself.
Dunckerstrasse 2a (nähe Danzigerstr.)
Tel: (030) 4171-7822