I-ke-Su, Wilmersdorf

We’ve been trying new places all over Berlin and I-ke-Su, on Uhlandstraße in Wilmersdorf, is going to become a regular on our list of go-to restaurants.

I-ke-Su is a kai tan sushi restaurant, the kind of place where the rolls are pulled around the restaurant on a conveyer belt and you grab what you like. I-ke-Su takes the concept to a delightfully kitschy place by using a tiny stream with wooden boats.

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Sorry for the blur. Those boats were moving at a nice clip!

The best part, from a family perspective, is the decor. In addition to the boats, the entire bar area is surrounded by a salt-water aquarium. S was especially charmed by the itty-bitty starfish clinging to the glass directly in front of her. What’s more – we got her to try a bit of a cooked salmon roll even though there was sauce touching the fish!

A major victory on more than one count!

You can find I-ke-Su at Uhlandstr. 157  by taking the U9 or U3 to Spichernstr.

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Fukada, Irvine

I just realized today that I have never written about our favorite restaurant in Irvine. In fact, the only thing any of us missed while we were in Berlin.

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S even uses chopsticks…she’s usually culinary utensil adverse.

Fukada is very family friendly place and you’ll probably see at least three or four families with small children there. You’ll also probably see a large crowd waiting by the door. Do yourself a favor and don’t go right at dinner time and avoid lunch all together. S and I showed up once 15 minutes before they opened and there was already a line 20 people long. We were not happy girls, but hey, it is the best soba in Orange County.

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We’re also big fans of their iced green tea. I once look on in amazement while she downed two of those glasses, one right after the other. She was so hyped up on tea, that she even ate all of the spinach in her soup, but shhh! I won’t tell if you don’t.

So three (quiet) cheers for Fukada! And take your utensil-adverse, vegetable-refusing kids if you go.

 

 

Heno Heno

Ever on the quest for tastier and fresher soba, we wandered down Kantstrasse on tuesday to try Heno Heno Japanese Imbiss.

Rindfleisch Nudeln-Suppe mit Soba

Soba is one of S’s favorite foods  and edamame is one of the only green things she will consistently eat, so we go out for japanese a lot. Nothing in Berlin will ever compare to our favorites in NY or CA, but Heno Heno comes very, very close.

Heno Heno

Kantstrasse 65, U-Wilmersdorferstr or S-Charlottenburg

mmmmm soba

We went to the Hamburger Bahnhof this morning (hurrah for using our museum Jahreskarten PLUS! second time this week!) and since Shoshana was having a temper tantrum in the U-bahn we decided to get out before our stop and walk. Why bother a whole train-car of people when you can enjoy through the disapproving glances of the few you’ll pass on the street? While Shoshana was whining over whatever it is that fills toddler buddled up in their strollers with angst, we passed by smartdeli, a japanese restaurant on chaussestrasse.

So after we’d had our fill of contemporary art, we decided to fill ourselves with japanese food. Ha! Ok, that was bad, I admit. The food, however, was very good and not because we’ve been deprived of good japanese food since leaving the US. There are only two things I don’t like about this place: they don’t make/use fresh soba and they only serve it alone in a plain broth or as yakisoba.

The restaurant is a very low key affair, or in other words, perfect for eating out with a toddler. Shosh wandered around a little (the restaurant wasn’t busy) while we waited, but as soon as she saw my bowl of soba she parked herself in my lap until it was all gone.Then she helped herself to some of Jon’s teriyaki.

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We’ll definitely be coming back. Maybe tomorrow? We forgot to try the green tea ice cream!