When I visit a new country I always try my hardest to immerse myself in the culture as much as possible, with that means trying the local food. I am really not the type of girl to go to a new country and find the nearest English or Irish pub for some ‘home food’. However while in Berlin I found it hard to find good traditional German food that was also Vegetarian. In one restaurant I tried Flammkuchen and ended up with cheese bread drenched in grease, which funnily enough was too tasty. So I eventually decided that maybe traditional German food wasn’t for me, luckily for me Berlin has an abundance of multi-cuisine restaurants, three days was not enough time to try all the food Berlin had to offer. It is also hard to miss that amount of Vietnamese restaurants around this city – which just happens to be my favourite cuisine, however when walking from where we stayed (The EastSeven) to Alexanderplatz we always noticed one particular restaurant with queues outside the door. That restaurant was Monsieur Vuong.
The constant evening queues for this place automatically intrigued me, along with the constant stream of food delivery drivers arriving and leaving, so on our final night in Berlin we headed down to see what all the fuss was about. Luckily when we arrived we only had one group ahead of us so our wait to get inside was not too long, however when we entered the compact restaurant was heaving full of locals enjoying a Saturday night catch up with friends. As there was no available tables we were seated by alongside the live cooking station, which I actually preferred, I like a restaurant where I can see my food being freshly prepared. After getting comfortable and ordering some Tiger beers our thoughts turned to the menu. Monsieur Vuong does not offer a wide selection menu, just a small range of traditional Vietmanese dishes from Pho to lemon grass curry, my boyfriend went for Pho Bo, while I went for the Glass noodle salad mekong with tofu. Top Tip: Check out the specials board which changes daily, located behind the live cooking station.
There is a chaotic but lovely atmosphere in Monsieur Vuong, almost reminiscent of some of the busy cities in Vietnam but it is still possible to be completely involved in your own conversation without distractions. It is hard to explain, it just felt like everyone was just creating new memories with great friends over good food, resulting in a beautiful environment. Our food was promptly served and it was so so delicious, my boyfriend assured me his Pho Bo was as good as what we had in Vietnam. My mekong salad was beautiful, one of those meals that fill you up without making you feel incredibly bloated afterwards, which was perfect seeing as we still had a busy night ahead of us. Despite how busy this restaurant gets, we never once felt rushed and even after we finished our meals we were left at our own pace to decide when to collect the bill. Our meal came to €22 (excluding tip) which I think is really good for two meals and beer in a busy european city. I would say that along with Burgermeister this was best food I had while in Berlin, and it really is worth checking out if you visit the city.
The only downside to Monsieur Vuong? Embarrassingly trying to retrieve our coats from the very bottom of the coat rack when we trying to leave! 😏
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