In our series “Berlin Guide“ we share our favorite snack bars, restaurants or cafés with you. We reveal where to get the best vegan donuts in town, which Vietnamese tapas restaurant you should visit and where you’ll catch us eating vegan pizza. Here are all our Berlin recommendations.
We've already introduced you to RYONG at Berlin Mitte where we eat quite often. So it was only a matter of time before we would also check out the second restaurant of the same owner. As RYONG can be translated with dragon, „Con Tho“ tells the story of the little rabbit (that you can read on the menu).
So it's no surprise that the restaurant is directed at Hasenheide. Just like RYONG, it's completely vegetarian and most of the dishes on the menu are also vegan. How they taste, why we got into a cotton candy discussion and how that was solved? That's what we'll tell you now. CLIFFHANGER! So now you have to read the questions & answers below, ha!
Who is with us?
We could swear there were more people who wanted to come today, but the big sick in Berlin led to several cancellation messages. After we got another message from gourmet Ändy who told us he went to the wrong address in Mitte, it was only us and Silicon Valley star guest Lisa. We talked a lot about startup ideas, so it was almost a business dinner!
You definitely have to try...
Take a seat, make yourself comfortable and read through the menu carefully - there are a lot of „unknown“ dishes, combinations and flavors to explore that you don't even eat that often in Berlin. As starter, we would suggest to order everything you want and then share on the table. It will be hard anyway to chose between grilled nori rice roll, tofu in tempura batter or grilled sweet potato with garlic mayonnaise (yes, vegan!). Our main course was a lemongrass-annatto soup with crispy rice noodles, vegetables, bean sprouts, seitan clouds and tofu. You'll also get Banh Xeo, the Vietnamese crêpe you probably know from other Vietnamese restaurants, but at Con Tho you'll get them in different colors. Well, you see, that you somehow have to try everything.
The best thing is...
... the dessert. Or have you ever been to a restaurant that serves cotton candy as dessert? The only problem was: Isa wasn't hungry anymore and even cotton candy could convince her. Julia was shocked and did a great job of persuasion, but it was a tough one. Isa even suggested that Julia would eat it alone - but who eats candy cotton alone? After a long, long discussion we asked the waiter for the „side dishes“ of the dessert and well, there was buttercream. Vegan buttercream. And suddenly Isa was all in. So remember, when Isa is undecided next time, add some buttercream and it will work.
Who's the most interesting person here?
Our sweet service man! Unfortunately, we don't know his name, but we was lightening the whole room, was very interested, attentive and over-the-top happy when he told us that the buttercream is vegan. Gniiih!
Be prepared for:
There's no „Berlin standard menu“ in this Vietnamese restaurant, yay! Don't get us wrong, we also love the classic Vietnamese dishes in Berlin, but it's really refreshing so explore their kitchen in a new, modern way. So go there!