Until recently it was an unsightly spot, a squat for the down-trodden. One could see its potential as well as guess the work that it would need for a shiny recovery. But a few days ago the old Stettin train station just behind the Nordbahnhof on Julie-Wolfthorn-Strasse 1 did indeed open its gates again to the public. Two huge buddhas – due to their number and size somewhat reminiscent of those blasted into oblivion by the Taliban in the Afghan mountains – guard the high hall of what is now an Asian eatery.http://www.nordbahnhof-two-buddhas.de/
Where customers once bought tickets for their onward-journey, sushi and steaks are being served and parties are being pushed. “Nordbahnhof’s Two Buddhas” have set out to be a restaurant and event location rolled into one. If this puts kitsch into their kitchen can be debated (- compare ‘Culinary Cinema’ entry of the 14th -) but it is certainly nice to see this beautiful building reinstated. The Buddha installations seem to float atop a body of water, which is filled with a collection of kois - (kois being those coy carps that are big in Japan) and placed in a space of 400 square metres. On their plate and palate guests will find a cross-over cuisine best known to the taste buds of the Californian connoisseur and hinted in the ‘sushi and steak’ definition. The restaurant apparently aims to be seen in the same vein as London’s Zuma, New York’s Tao or the Buddha Bar of Paris.
The surrounds and setting of the Nordbahnhof Two Buddhas’ building can be described as a urban modern style that – again – will not warm everyone’s heart. However, it does make a statement – and so it is not only the tram and train lines that create an electric tension here but also the stark contrast of the Stettiner station and the most recent high-rises embracing it.
If you read German, a review of – ‘Two Buddhas in Berlin’ – http://www.berlin-magazin.info/3741/titel/two-buddhas-asiatisch-kalifornische-crossover-kueche-am-berliner-nordbahnhof.html
Also check out the following previous Restaurant Reviews – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/06/07/%e2%80%98metzer-eck%e2%80%99-across-from-main-ota-berlin-building-chosen-by-uk-guardian-as-one-of-the-best-places-to-take-a-berliner-beer/
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