It had been way too long since I had sushi. For weeks, days and months my mind had secretly started pondering the possibilities of salacious sushi adventures again. However, I did not want to go to one of the many restaurant that I have been to dozens of times. Of course it is fantastic if you have your favourite place where you keep coming back to, but the need to explore new and exciting restaurants is also an important desire. How does one ever discover new and yummy restaurants if you keep coming back to the places you know?
Well, yes, you just do not. Thankfully I had two sushi-loving Belgian friends staying in a hotel around Schlachtensee. They suggested we have dinner in Zehlendorf, a beautiful and green area on the side of Berlin bordering on the Schlachtensee (lake) area and close to the picturesque village of Potsdam. To get to Zehlendorf, you can easily hop onto the S-Bahn (line 1, the pink one) from Friedrichstraße. After half an hour of a ride through Berlin, you end up in the pretty and green corner of Zehlendorf. It has a village-in-a-city vibe and the houses around here are all beautifully taken care of.
Eating Sushi in Zehlendorf
But back to the food. My companions had already tried and tested the sushi restaurant we went to – making sure it was fabulous enough for the occassion. Bamboo is a relatively small restaurant in a typical Zehlendorf classical building. Fujiyama is on a walking distance from the S-Bahn station Zehlendorf. They have an enclosed outside space where you sit on sunny and warm days. But inside the restaurant has a very homely feeling to it. Maybe because it is not decorated like most sushi or Asian restaurant one finds in Berlin.
With a lot of windows, colourful walls and different nooks and crannies that provide ultimate private atmospheres, Bamboo makes you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door. The staff is friendly and the wine menu is suprisingly elaborate for a sushi eatery. They offer decent selections of white, red and rosé wine. However, the most important feature is obviously the food. The appetizer selection is also relatively large – they offer spring rolls, summer rolls, kimchi salad, soups, and tempura nibbles. We had both the fried shrimp as well as my personal favourite: the sommer rolls. They were freshly prepared and very yummy. The dip with the summer rolls was subtle and simultaneously spicy and pleasing. Great appetizers.
Even though Bamboo also offer hot dishes, the main reason for coming here ought to be the sushi. Also prepared right in front of your nose, and with a very elaborate selection on the menu. They offer everything from basic makis, inside-outs, tempura sushi futo maki up to nigiri. The ultimate, largest, most fabulous sushi set they have on the menu is the so-called sushi boat. Most sushi restaurant have this set as their largest collection for 3 to 5 people. Traditionally it is served on a large plastic boat instead of a classical plate. This time, we ordered the boat (which has grown into a little tradition with these two friends). Sadly, the sushi did not come on an actual boat, but a very large platter. The effect, however, was the same.
We had a huge collection of nigiri, maki, inside-out rolls, sashimi and futo maki. What the really great thing of their sushi set was, was the variety of the fish. We had eel, makrel, salmon, herring, tuna, crab, shrimp and even scallops. A great and qualitative selection of scrumptious sushi. All subtle in their flavour and not killed with over-present sauces or dips. Great, yummy sushi. If you ever need a great place to eat sushi in or around Zehlendorf, I can only recommend this place passionately.
What Makes This Restaurant Fabulous?
- The sushi and the selections on the menu. Great, varied and interesting combinations.
- A nice wine menu, which I personally really value. Wine and sushi is a great combination.
- Nice atmosphere and friendly service. Pretty restaurant.
What Makes This Restaurant Less Fabulous?
- Well, nothing really. But it is in Zehlendorf and therefore not your average budget sushi restaurant in the city. Decent prices, though. You can eat comfortable for less than ten euros.
Where To Go?
[googleMap name=“Bamboo“ width=“400″ height=“400″ mousewheel=“false“ typecontrol=“false“ directions_to=“false“]Machnower Straße 23 14165 Berlin[/googleMap]
Machnower Straße 23