It’s a different world in the West. Not better or worse. Just radically different. There are a lot more fair-haired people. They seem, on average, taller (probably because they are actually German as opposed to the primarily foreign population in the former East). They wear a lot of beige, caramel, brown, suede and fur coats. Without a hint of irony, men in their early 30’s match their belts to their shoes. Most perplexing of all? They don’t seem to get* Dolores. Which is a crying shame because this branch is much larger than the one in Mitte. With high ceilings, comfortable chairs, music turned down (probably in a bid to lure in a patron in a camel haired coat). Even though it’s just off Wittenbergplatz, which is packed with bodies eating vertically, Dolores never has more than a quarter of its tables occupied. It makes me want to go out in the square, throw out their Witty’s bio Curry Wurst and lead them by the hand to Dolores. Where for 2 more Euros on average, they can eat good food, sitting down in a warm room (and there are hooks onto which they can hang up their camel haired coats). Luisa introduced me to the Burrito bowl (€3.90) and I’ve become a convert. I always get an agua fresca (0.3 L for €1.50 or 0.4L for €2.00) and I would just like to take a moment to stand up and do the slow clap and the head nod in appreciation, that for once I am not being fleeced on the beverage cost (something that is as common in Berlin as getting shouted at for jaywalking).
Luisa assured me that they were only temporarily closed due to water damage.
They’re open again! So get down and occupy some chairs. And I totally agree with the boss, don’t miss the pork pibil.
Read Luisa’s review on Berlin on a Platter
*My friend Margue tweeted me that Dolores is packed for lunch all the time. I always go off peak and it’s pretty quiet. Point remains though, the burrito bowl with pork pibil is yum!
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