March 20, 2018

House of Small Wonder

A bit too popular: House of Small Wonder has been a not-so-secret tip among hipsters and tourists for years. A spin-off from the New York place of the same name, it attracts quite a crowd from opening to late afternoon.

Photo: Daniel
Photo: Daniel

A bit too popular: House of Small Wonder has been a not-so-secret tip among hipsters and tourists for years. A spin-off from the New York place of the same name, it attracts quite a crowd from opening to late afternoon.

The folks running the place are japanese, and they’ve got a japanese-style breakfast and brunch menu. I do like their curry rice, and that’s something you don’t easily get elsewhere in Berlin.

Come early

The folks running the place are japanese, and so they’ve got a japanese style breakfast and brunch menu. I do like their curry rice, and that’s something you don’t easily get elsewhere in Berlin. The downside to their popularity is that you must be early to get a seat right away. Be there when they open at 9:00 am, or shortly after – or get in line with the rest of the crowd. No reservations, and there will be a waiting list on most days.

Once you get in: The foo is creative, and presentation is great. The execution of those ideas is average - you won’t be disappointed, but there don’t expect a revelation either. My personal favorite is the Okinawan curry rice, something that you don’t easily get elsewhere in the city; and a welcome break from the usual breakfast standards. Other options – such as the cream and fruit waffle – are also nice, though with less exotic tinge and easier to find elsewhere.

Service is as friendly and laid back as you expect it to be, but be aware that you are paying for the nice location as well. While not outrageous, prices are definitively on the expensive side, at least by Berlin standards.

Worth the wait?

If you come to the House of Small Wonder and find the waiting list full, you may want to reconsider. While it is a nice way to start the day, the city is full of other great options, including many that are much less crowded. Check below for some ideas.

Practical Details: House of Small Wonder

  • Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin
  • S/U Friedrichsstraße
  • Open: 9:00-17:00
  • http://www.houseofsmallwonder.de
  • No reservations, cash only. Wheelchair accessible with some hassle.

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