We went on a Sunday for brunch. Told we may have to wait an hour- decided to wait and see. Only took about 15 minutes, then we were given a table in the cellar. Lovely cavelike atmosphere. We were offered an upstairs table after a few minutes but liked the cellar vibe- except for the loud US/English speaking woman who wanted all to know her business... Food was so flavorful, washed down with some tasty German brews. Hope to get back sometime to order off the menu.
Up until recently, I had only come to Viasko for brunch, which - mind you - is absolutely stellar. On Saturdays and Sundays, Viasko is one of a handful of all-you-can-eat entirely vegan brunch spots, and it's pretty popular, which means you absolutely should get a reservation. There is a large selection of food, and it all tastes great. My only real complaint is that a lot of it is processed (fake meats and such) so it's not necessarily very healthy, but it's still delicious. And for €12 a person, it's decently priced.
As for dinner... wow. Everything on the menu sounds quite good. The options vary according to the season, so I ended up having asparagus gnocchi, and it was heavenly. My companions loved their food as well: pepper steak, spinach balls, canapes, salad with tempeh, etc. There is also a tiramisu dessert option that is the perfect consistency (not too dry) and a subtle flavor that is not too sweet.
The atmosphere is great both inside and out. On warmer days, the outdoor front patio can be perfect. On colder days, the interior is dark wood and cozy. For dinner, consider reservations on weekends, but you can take a gamble on week nights if you come earlier. As for price, it can be a bit high, but you can also easily have a meal for two with entrees and drinks for €25, depending on what you order.
I am not fully decided, but I think this might be on its way to becoming one of my favorite vegan spots in the city...
Vegan in Berlin! Woohoo!
I had the currywurst. It was basically tofu-dogs in a curry-ketchup-like sauce. It was good, but honestly, the food on other patron's plates looked even better. I wish I had tried the incredible veggie-filled plate that the family next to us was having. They seemed to REALLY enjoy it. And of course the beer selection is terrific.
I loved the cozy pub-like vibe of Viasko. It was the sort of place where one could stay for awhile and wouldn't feel rushed or hurried in. Check it out when you're in Berlin!
Dear Viasko, We have to talk about our relationship.
We: A young couple who visited you whenever we could, enjoying the atmosphere and food. Five times in two Berlin visits.
You: A vegan restaurant with two waitresses (one in green clothes, one in black clothes, let's call them waitress G. and B.) and their boss.
What happened yesterday? You managed to handle a customer request in the worst possible manner. We ordered Gyros and Pasta with Artichoke and Avocado. When it came to our table it looked very delicious, and it actually was.
Then my girlfriend noted that she couldn't find the promised artichokes which she really looked forward to. The avocados - which were mentioned on the menu as a side-dish - were all over the place. We expected the artichokes to be forgotten, low in supply or cooked differently than we expected, we did the most natural thing and asked waitress G. about it. It wasn't about complaining or anything, just about getting to know. G. promised to ask in the kitchen.
So far, so good. What we didn't expect was waitress B., hearing our question while operating the Pay desk, turn around quickly grabbing the bowl of pasta, returning it to the kitchen without even saying a word. We were shocked, that was the rudest thing ever happened to us in gastronomy. We told her a minute later that we'd actually wanted to continue our meal, so she brought the plate back. But the damage was already done, we were both unable to finish our meals.
After I made the waitress aware that she did wrong, she came back to excuse herself, which was alright, but asked if the meal would still be tasty, which my girlfriend answered in the negative. Now, the boss enters from the left. As he didn't get any of the situation, he told my girlfriend that she shouldn't complain about the rude behavior. Instead of calming the situation down, he quickly escalated it, yelling at us. We were stunned. He seems to be very talented in making a bad situation worse. In the end I stood up to pay and waitress G. was up to get the money from us, which I actually liked because she was the only one who handled the situation in the right way, and she would have totally gotten a tip from us.
But before I got the invoice, the boss had his second appearance, pushed her away with the words "I'll handle that". He told us that he didn't want us to pay for the meal and just for the drinks, which was okay, as we had barely touched our food. But he couldn't just leave it and needed to discuss even more, claiming there weren't enough artichokes on the plate and they added a few. - Which actually was a perfect explanation from the kitchen we expected when asking waitress G. She'd brought a few more artischokes and boom, great evening again. So our evening at the Viasko really ended in a fiasco, because the waitresses weren't trained how to handle customer requests and a boss who didn't know either and didn't bother to keep his customers happy.
I give two points, one for the past experiences, which were great and one for waitress G. But we won't come again.
Really cosy interior, we tried the flammkuchen(pizza with smoked tofu) and the Savoy cabbage with pumpkin chutney. We enjoyed the dishes even though the savoy dish had some small stones in it. The beer was great and friendly service. This is a really nice options for vegetarians and vegans.
Viasko looks more like a bar, but it is popular for being one of the best Brunch options in town, especially for Vegans. The food buffet is big with many salty and sweet dishes. All of them are good! My only problem is the price. For 12 Euro a person, it is all you can eat, but nothing to drink. I can get better for 12 euros in Berlin. It feels really bad if you come with a group and someone in the group is not so hungry, he is obliged to pay 12 euros or sit and watch his friends eat. He has nothing small to order from the menu on the Sunday Brunch because the whole menu is off.
What a nice surprise! We wandered in for a drink one night thinking this was the previous establishment, a British Pub. It had a great Pub atmosphere, and an unexpected Vegan menu! We had the Avacado Tofu Canapés -both veggies and meat eaters alike devoured them! The food and presentation was so good, I only hoped we could stay for dinner. Great vibe, great spot. Excellent hospitality.
The food is quite good indeed, although not cheap. In particular, I enjoyed the dessert. After seeing on Google that it was relatively close to where I was staying on Oranien Str, I suggested it to a vegan German friend who lives in Berlin. She was highly enthusiastic, because in her opinion, it's the best in Berlin for vegan cuisine. The atmosphere was a bit more romantic (darkly-lit, with candles) than I was expecting, though, so it felt a bit weird to eat here with a completely platonic friend. They take reservations. Our waitress was very friendly, even though I had trouble remembering the correct vocabulary in German (at one point I said I was ready to "buy" when I intended to say I was ready to "pay." How embarrassing.)
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