One day in the early spring, back in the days we had not really been exploring the culinairy delights of Berlin that consciously, we went to Oranium on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Oranium is a mainstream German-cuisine oriented restaurant located on the Oranienburger Straße. The Oranienburger is basically in the middle of the touristic center of Berlin and close to the well-known Hackescher Markt, the Museumsinsel and the golden Synagogue. Initially we only intended to stay there for drinks and nibbles, but the comfort inside and the cosy leather couches and chairs, the comfy lights and the perfect Sunday atmosphere made us stay. In the end, we ordered foods and chatted the evening away. Ever since, Oranium has remained one of my favourite haunts. It is especially well-suited for a Sunday brunch or studying for a long afternoon when you’re sick and tired of the library’s monotonous decoration. Whereas it is a restaurant inhabited by tourists and offers food that is more conventional than exciting, it is a sincerely nice place that I still do not mind visiting.
Wining and Dining at Oranium
On that very first day, I ordered a particularly exciting dish that was a main course consisting of a so-called strawberry chicken. Not a classical or well-known combination, but somehow it tickled my fancy. Not without cause, because the crispily baked chicken bathing in a spicy and sweet sauce with actual pieces of strawberry in it, tasted delicious. Supplemented by a nice pyramid of rice and some salad, it was a very nicely balanced meal. That main course was the beginning of an ongoing flirt with Oranium, which is a nice place to pop into for a quick bite, a cup of coffee or a nice alcoholic drink. The best reason for coming here, however, is a brunch or a breakfast.
Oranium also does some very nice typical German desserts (Nachspeisen) and basically suits all your most basic and classical wishes for food and drink. They have an extensive menu with pasta’s, pizza’s, German Flammkuchen (a thin brother of the pizza with e.g. sour cream and ham on it), tapas, lunch and breakfast dishes. My personal favourite brunch dish at Oranium is the süßes Frühstück (sweet breakfast), which is very decently priced at around 4 euros, which gets you a fresh croissant, a brötchen, a boiled egg, a plate with a crêpe with mangocream (yummy!), fruits, jam and butter. For me the perfect little elaborate breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning. They also serve nicely priced fruit and yoghurt breakfasts. For a restaurant on the Oranienburger Straße, this is a very decently priced eatery with some nice dishes.
What makes this restaurant fabulous:
- The atmosphere and deco is very cosy and warm. It makes you feel at home and go in snuggle-up mode. Also a great location for doing some work or bookreading on a rainy afternoon.
- The largeness of the menu which is definitely practical if you are unaware of your dinner partner’s desires. Very extensive, anyone will find a meal of their choice here.
- The cocktails. They have daily cocktail offers, which enables you to drink great cocktails for little money. (3,50 EUR)
What makes this restaurant less fabulous:
- The service, as it is a rather large restaurant, sometimes the staff can be a bit harsh and unfriendly.
- The prices. Unfortunately, it is not particularly cheap. Not overly expensive either, but it’s not the place to go for a budget meal.
- Do not think you are going to dine at a exceptionally good restaurant. It is nice food. Nothing more.
- Tiny tip: Oranium is the best place to hang out when it’s chilly and you want to sit inside. Do not go here in summer or when you want to sit outside. They have awful looking yellow umbrella’s and the wasps like this place when it’s sunny.
Where to go?
[googleMap name=“Oranium“ width=“400″ height=“400″ mousewheel=“false“ typecontrol=“false“ directions_to=“false“]Oranienburger Straße 33/34, 10117, Berlin, Germany[/googleMap]
Oranienburger Straße 33/34