Breakfast aka Frühstück is very popular in Berlin and there are plenty of places to go to, if you are looking for the traditional German breakfast of fresh fruits, delicious bread, a variety of cheese, butter and boiled eggs. There are also ample cafés doing their hipster bit of making versions of eggs benedict with ‘artisanal bread’ – the type where you need a steak knife to cut through it or they serve massive bowls of muesli – which have enough yogurt to feed a family of four!
Unfortunately outside these two genres, there is very little out there for folks looking for an American style greasy affair to soak in all the booze from the night before. The things I dream of are hash browns, streaky bacon, corn beef hash, tatar tots, Biscuits and Gravy. The type of options you get in places like New York and London.
Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom, as there are a few folks trying to break out of the vanilla brunch offerings and do things with care rather than trying too hard to stand out. And the leading light in this endeavour is Allan’s Breakfast Club (ABC).
Allan is the French owner and Head Chef. After spending a few years in Australia, and working in Berlin food scene, he started ABC, fusing the relaxed Aussie brunch culture with French elements – To create one of Berlin’s hottest Brunch spots.
I have been to visit Allan and his lovely staff, more than 6 times since I moved to Berlin. I have sampled most things on the menu and I have to give them high marks for friendly staff and making simple dishes with high quality ingredients.
While I am fan of their Eggs Benedict, I am even bigger fan of their bread bases dishes.
The French toast is genius with the nutella yogurt spread on the side.
The banana bread is just amazing! It’s perfectly baked and tastes amazingly fresh.
The Croque Monsieur may be the best one I have had so far in Berlin!
And if you are really hungry folks you can go for the ABC tasting plate to get the full spread of what the place can offer.
And of course if you got a hair of the dog moment, there is nothing like a strong bloody mary to help your weekend day along!
ABC is currently my go to comfort spot for a weekend meal and if you decide to go later in the evening, post 7:30pm, you also get to experience a vibrant wine bar with that same chill vibe you get for brunch.
- Make sure to get reservations for the weekend if you have a group. You can call a couple of days in advance usually and get a booking.
Address: Rykestraße 13, 10405 Berlin