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Tak Tak - Polish Deli (in Berlin)


Lyzko 37 | 8,557
20 Nov 2022 #1
Just wondering if anyone's heard of a relatively new Polish eatery located in Berlin named "Tak tak - polish deli" owned and operated by a young entrepreneur since 2018.

The tastings menu looks mouth watering, but maybe that's only me!
Ziemowit 14 | 4,404
20 Nov 2022 #2
So what do they serve there? I think we should delegate Bratwursr Boy to try their menu and - if he survives - tell us a bit more ...
Alien 12 | 2,217
20 Nov 2022 #3
Żurek or bigos may not be to the taste of a true German.
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 12,082
20 Nov 2022 #4
...yeah Ziemowit....it isn't BRATWURST Boy for nothing! :)
Paulina 13 | 2,942
20 Nov 2022 #5
bigos may not be to the taste of a true German.

I thought that Germans like sauerkraut :P
jon357 71 | 20,031
20 Nov 2022 #7
The kebabs there are all you need. They are excellent. The best ones there are almost as good as average British ones and doners in Berlin are available everywhere.

I might have a look at Tak Tak next week.
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 12,082
20 Nov 2022 #8
....you surely mean "Döner"...mjammi...:)

But...."Döner Boy" has somehow not the same ring to it.....
Lenka 3 | 2,894
20 Nov 2022 #9
They are excellent. The best ones there are almost as good as average British ones

British ones are very poor in my opinion.

Berlin kebabs are delicious.

On the other hand Berliners have such an easy access to authentic Polish restaurants that I wonder if there is much point.

When in Berlin we usually visited 'Yugoslavian' restaurants
jon357 71 | 20,031
20 Nov 2022 #10
....you surely mean "Döner"

I would if the right keyboard was installed and if I was writing in a language other than English where that character isn't used.

Doner kebabs are a delicious invention. Apart from the (famous to the point of being legendary but closed for 20 years now) Theo's in Leeds he best one I ever had was actually in Kuwait with Istanbul a close runner up.

One think I don't see in Berlin is the kind with Indian spices which are getting popular in the UK; they're very edible and I think you'd like them. The Berlin ones are sort of classic doners.

One think I've noticed in Berlin and the UK is that the quality isn't what it used to be; perhaps due to the giant slabs of meat (varying a lot in price and quality) at wholesalers. Plus of course they really do need to be lamb to get the taste right and of course other meats are cheaper.

In Poland, kebabs are improving slightly from being fairly awful a few years ago, however they're still terrified of using spices, chilli, etc and the 'salad' always has watery decomposing cabbage in it. Immigration has improved things; the Amrit chain in Warsaw is good.

In Berlin, I get Turkish food because it's a. tasty and b. I'm never sure what else to get. The sausage, just no Chinese food is what it is anywhere and I'm usually there alone when travelling through so don't want to sit in a smarter restaurant alone. Any recommendations are welcome. Something German (just not currywurst) would be nice.

A Polish deli? Maybe, but probably no since it's what's available right here and Polish food is bland enough anyway. And if you want a deli, sandwich shops/bakeries there tend to be good anyway.

British ones are very poor in my opinion.

You're going to the wrong places. If you're ever in my town, I'll take you for an excellent one. Though you'd probably prefer an Indian meal there since there are several Pakistani and Bangladeshi owned restaurants better than any on mainland Europe.
Lenka 3 | 2,894
20 Nov 2022 #11
I'm not that hot for Indian. I do like Chinese in UK. We had excellent,family run place 2 minutes walk away. I would definitely recommend for anyone visiting UK. In Poland it's usually more Vietnamese.

As I said, in Berlin, try Yugoslavian. Great service, good food. Might be a but too conventional for you though.
jon357 71 | 20,031
20 Nov 2022 #12
a but too conventional

I like conventional and will look for a Yugoslavian place there next week. There used to be a great Bosnian place on ul. Chmielna in Warsaw, really good bread and plenty of spices. Always nearly empty, as if people were wary of it. It's gone now, replaced by an identikit Thai place that seems more popular.
Paulina 13 | 2,942
20 Nov 2022 #13
....that too! :)

Then you should like bigos, I guess... There's both sauerkraut and sausage in it ;D
Alien 12 | 2,217
20 Nov 2022 #14
@Paulina
He likes Currywurst for sure.
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 12,082
20 Nov 2022 #15
One think I don't see in Berlin is the kind with Indian spices which are getting popular in the UK;

..lack of Indians, I guess!

Chinese and Turkish that is in Berlin....and the usual Italian Cuisine of course....plus abit Arabic and Japanese.....sadly when you surf through the Delivery services there are not many, if at all, polish or other european offerings for hungry stomachs. I wonder why that is...Poland is so much nearer....and Poles are everywhere....there must be more Poles than Turks or Chinese in Berlin alone!
Paulina 13 | 2,942
20 Nov 2022 #16
@Bratwurst Boy, I don't know about Germany, but in Poland Poles usually cook their dishes at home. When they order something to eat at home, it's usually pizza or sth exotic.
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 12,082
20 Nov 2022 #17
....thats to sad! Polish cuisine should be an instant success, for all the Poles in Germany but also for curious Germans! :)
Paulina 13 | 2,942
20 Nov 2022 #18
@Bratwurst Boy, I may be generalising - my family and friends don't order Polish food to home, because we can make it at home ourselves (so I don't see it as "sad" ;)). Of course in Poland you can also order Polish food take-aways, but I'm guessing it's usually done by people who don't have the time to cook their own meals at home.
Bratwurst Boy 12 | 12,082
20 Nov 2022 #19
but I'm guessing it's usually done by people who don't have the time to cook their own meals at home.

....no time....not in the mood...for a movie night....or just out of curiousity to taste something NOT home cooked, something more exotic! :)
Paulina 13 | 2,942
20 Nov 2022 #20
@Bratwurst Boy, yes, exactly, but schabowy, bigos or barszcz z uszkami isn't anything exotic for Poles :)

something NOT home cooked

For Poles Polish home cooked food usually means - the best :))
jon357 71 | 20,031
20 Nov 2022 #22
When they order something to eat at home, it's usually pizza or sth exotic.

Have you seen that Viking place in the shopping malls here? The one that sells food by weight. One thing I've noticed is that 80% of their food is exactly the sort of thing that people usually make at home, pierogi, golabki etc.

That surprised me a bit.
Paulina 13 | 2,942
20 Nov 2022 #23
...okay....now I want to try it!!!

You'll probably have to visit some Poles at their home then :P ;) Or go to bar mleczny in Poland - it's like a diner with very cheap, everyday homemade-like Polish food.

Have you seen that Viking place in the shopping malls here?

I'm not sure, I don't remember... 🤔 To be honest, due to COVID-19 I still try to avoid crowded places and when I'm at a shopping mall I jump in, buy what I need and jump out, so I'm not looking around much...

These days you can buy some ready-made Polish food at supermarkets, but it's usually never as good as the homemade stuff (or often nowhere near as good, really). At least that's my experience.

Btw, as for sausages there's a traditional Polish dish that I think everyone in my family likes - biała kiełbasa z cebulą - white sausage with onion (biała kiełbasa is similar to German Weisswurst). It's fried-stewed with onion which creates a kind of onion sauce and it makes the sausage soft, juicy, aromatic and tasty. In a more traditional recipe you add beer to that sauce :):

yum

Simple and yummy :)
Miloslaw 14 | 4,529
20 Nov 2022 #24
These days you can buy some ready-made Polish food at supermarkets, but it's usually never as good as the homemade stuff

Same here in UK but Homemade is always best.

@Paulina

Your pic looked very appetizing.
When are you going to invite me over?
LOL!!!!!!
mafketis 35 | 11,212
21 Nov 2022 #25
There used to be a great Bosnian place on ul. Chmielna in Warsaw

A few years ago I stopped at a Jugo-nostalgia place* on... Jerozolimskie? It was fun and seemed to be doing good business but the next time I was in Warsaw it had disappeared....

*I was never there but I do miss Jugoslavija... much more interesting than the weird postage stamp states they have there now....
jon357 71 | 20,031
21 Nov 2022 #26
Jugo-nostalgia place* on... Jerozolimskie?

There was a Serbian place on the south part of Emilii Plater, just off Jerozolimskie. As I recall, the owner went to gaol for something and it eventually closed. The premises are a British pub now.

There was also Banja Luka in Mokotow. Maybe it's still there. I never went because Boston Port (a Polish chef who'd worked in Boston ran it - really nice fish there) was about a minute away.
mafketis 35 | 11,212
21 Nov 2022 #27
south part of Emilii Plater, just off Jerozolimskie

IIRC this was on the north side of jerozolimskie between marszałkowska and nowy świat.... lot of storefront turnover there
jon357 71 | 20,031
21 Nov 2022 #28
lot of storefront turnover there

Yes, lots. There was a decent Mexican takeaway/cafe there for a while however it didn't fit the market and the premises became a bloody awful Kebab King.

When I first came to Warsaw, on the south side of that bit of street there was a fast food place that I think was an American franchise called King Pie. It didn't last long unfortunately. It was great for me since pies are my national dish however it was too unfamiliar for that time, too expensive for the people who might buy food on that bit of street and frankly the word 'pies' does not suggest anything edible to Polish speakers.

The busy place on that street now is a sort of rebooted Bar Mleczny. All veggie, nice soups especially and always full. Cleaner looking and a more carefully chosen menu than a typical Warsaw Bar Mleczny. There are several others like it now, all branded the same so probably a chain.

One of those might do quite well in the right bit of Berlin.
Paulina 13 | 2,942
21 Nov 2022 #29
Your pic looked very appetizing.
When are you going to invite me over?
LOL!!!!!!

Be careful what you wish for - this dish can be addictive :D ;D
OP Lyzko 37 | 8,557
21 Nov 2022 #30
There's a restaurant here in Manhattan, "Little Poland" and it's rather like a Greenpoint greasy spoon with lots of crowded tables next to one another, orders called called out in both Polish and English, fast service and overworked Polish waitresses, somewhat rough around the edges, dishing out generous dollops of pure Polish comfort food cooked to perfection!

Anyone ever eaten there?


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