Since I have started working in Mitte, I have been drawn to passionately exploring the local eateries during lunch. And one of my favourite Mittag haunts has been this Vietnamese restaurant, on the Rosa Luxemburg Straße and almost bordering on the large city hub Alexanderplatz. On this street, there are actually quite a lot of lunch locations, but not all of them are as nice for your wallet as well for your tummy. But this is definitely one of them. Ho Vang is mainly a lunch restaurant, as it tends be relatively empty in the evenings. But for a nice and flavoursome lunch (without any use of glutamat and fat, actually) this is a place definitely worth a try – especially if you are into Asian cuisine and need a break and some rest from the overstuffed tables at Monsieur Vuong (which is only two streets away). Somehow I regurlarly keep finding myself being drawn to this nice and budget priced Vietnamese restaurant for a great soup or a yummy fish dish.
Vietnamese Food for Lunch
I am not ‚allowed‘ to go out to lunch each and every day, but when I do venture out of the office to indulge in one of my food binges, I mostly crave Asian food. But important to spending some money on a nice lunch, is also that you can actually enjoy your meal and spend an hour or so away from work and in a nice chair in an comfortable and friendly restaurant. And somehow, this Vietnamese restaurant is exactly that. With bright and freshly decorated in the colour green, and with fashionable yet comfortable chairs, Ho Vang is a nice restaurant to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city business life. They specialise in great lunch dishes and for only five euros you can enjoy a good and large warm lunch meal in Berlin’s city center.
The atmosphere and decoration is that of a modern and cosy looking restaurant, so you do not have to fear that you might end up in any random hurried Asia Imbiss. One of my favourite dishes here is their grilled pangasius filet (fish), which they serve with noodles and a very flavoursome and refreshing salad. A perfect healthy and light dish that does fill you up completely – which is kind of what I am mostly looking for in a lunch dish. Nothing is more annoying than eating too many fatty pommes and wurst in your lunch break, which more often than not results in clotted creativity and no productivity on the work floor. That is exactly why I love the Asian kitchen for lunch nibbles. Another great (and classical) dish they do very nicely at Ho Vang, is the Pho Bo (beef soup). You get a huge bowl of nicely spiced soup, with lots of thin slices of beef and fresh vegetables and herbs. A perfect lunch dish for when you might be getting that ominous fall cold.
In summer you can sit outside at one of the many tables, where you could even possibly catch some sun during your lunch break.
What makes this restaurant fabulous?
- Great prices. For 5 to 7 euros you can enjoy a meal and a drink (fresh home-made lassi or freshly squeezed juices) here.
- Yummy, varied dishes. You can choose from many different Vietnamese dishes (anything from the well-known Pho soup, rice meals and noodle dishes).
- Friendly staff in a good-looking restaurant.
What makes this restaurant less fabulous?
- Only one remark in this respect: I would simply recommend going here for lunch or a late afternoon meal. If you are looking for an actual evening („elaborate dining“) restaurant, I would suggest going to a place like Transit, which you can find only a couple of streets away, on the Neue Schönhauser Straße.
Where to go?
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10178 Berlin, Germany