Hackescher Markt in Berlin is home to a little bit of Bavaria. The Heimwerk Berlin restaurant spoils its guests with typical dishes and, of course, Bavarian beer.
HeimWerk only celebrated its opening in October 2023 and the restaurant is still almost an insider tip in Berlin. After restaurants in Munich and Düsseldorf, the first Heimwerk restaurant in Berlin has opened directly at Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.
When I get there, I am already very excited to see whether and how the Schnitzel & Friends theme is realised there. But before I can take a look at the menu, I peer through the windows into the illuminated dining room. Even from the outside, it looks inviting and cosy, even though the restaurant is not exactly small.
I really like the dining room. Large wall surfaces are clad in wood. I later learn that this is a very special type of wood. This wood, which comes from demolished mountain huts, has been refurbished and now gives the dining room a very special flair. I particularly like the tables, benches and chairs. They are made from solid wood.
They have a wonderfully warm wood tone which, in combination with the walls, reminds me a little of a cosy ski lodge. The little details that you can discover in the room are particularly amusing. The chairs and tables are branded with a dwarf holding a knife and fork, fork prongs form the coat hooks and in the toilets you can listen to the story “A Munich man in heaven”.
What is there to eat?
The theme of the restaurant is “Schnitzel and friends”. This already reveals a little about the food on offer – there are schnitzels. But not just simple schnitzels, the range is really impressive: for example pork schnitzel, veal schnitzel, mountain cheese schnitzel, chill schnitzel, hemp schnitzel, schnitzel burger,… Fans of meat-free cuisine are also catered for, there are vegan and vegetarian schnitzels: for example vegan corn schnitzel, courgette schnitzel, mushroom schnitzel,…
The “friends” mentioned in the motto can of course also be found on the menu, 5 friends to be precise: vegetable stew, veal and meatballs, fried chicken, spinach dumplings and cheese spaetzle. Of course, there is also salad and a large selection of side dishes and dips. Not to forget – the dessert! There are several varieties of Kaiserschmarrn, which can also be made vegan on request.
All dishes are available in two sizes: the NorMahl size and the Snack size. We ordered many dishes in the snack size and were able to try many different types of schnitzel.
If you scroll to the bottom of the menu, you will discover some information that is very important to the owners. Even though it is a Bavarian restaurant, the ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. Fortunately, the area surrounding Berlin offers plenty of fresh produce, especially from species-appropriate animal husbandry. During processing, care is taken to ensure that as little food as possible is wasted and that “leftovers” are used in other dishes wherever possible.
And does it taste good?
I don’t consciously eat vegan or vegetarian food very often, especially when I go to a restaurant and eat a vegetarian schnitzel. The variations we ate here were really very good. My absolute favourite was the Schwammerlschnitzel (mushroom schnitzel). The slices of king oyster mushroom were fried in breadcrumbs and drizzled with a little lemon and were really delicious.
I also really enjoyed the meaty schnitzel variations. Especially in combination with the homemade dips, they were really excellent. My favourite schnitzel was the Bavarian pork cordon bleu. This has an original Black Forest ham and Obazda filling. Simply great!
For dessert, we opted for the Kirsch-Schmarrn (with warm sour cherries) and the Salted Caramel-Schmarrn (with salted caramel sauce). What a treat. The salted caramel version was exactly to my taste.
To accompany my meal, I had the craft beer “Drunken Sailor” from Crew Republic. A very strong and hoppy beer that is wonderfully drinkable.
I will definitely be back!
Neue Promenade 6
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 01 am
Sunday: 11:30 am – 11 pm
Directions by public transport:
S-Bahnhof Hackescher Markt: Linien 3,5,7,9,45
Tram M1 und M5 bis Hackescher Markt
Some excursion tips in the neighbourhood:
Television tower about 850 metres, 12 minutes on foot
Alexanderplatz about 950 metres, 14 minutes on foot
Berlin Cathedral about 550 metres, 7 minutes on foot
Bode Museum about 650 metres, 9 minutes on foot
Museum Island about 600 metres, 9 minutes on foot
DDR Museum about 500 metres, 7 minutes on foot
Many thanks to HeimWerk for the invitation.