Berlin, Germany (Gastrosofie). It’s cool, it’s casual and it’s chock full of the surfer spirit. With this California-style restaurant, the Austrian hotel group Vienna House is presenting a completely new concept. The name – Mavericks – stands for the laid-back surfer way of life and for their famous location off the California coast. So come and enjoy the vibes riding a culinary wave just 15 minutes away from the Alex’ square and the eastern city center.
“We are very excited to open up this new culinary chapter in Berlin together with our guests,” says Ralph Alsdorf, Managing Director and General Manager of andel’s by Vienna House Berlin. “The kitchen promises California-style dishes with Asian, Mexican and European influences and names such as Mavericks Roll, Faked Sushi Bowl or Surf ‘n’ Turf. In short: creative California cuisine and an adventurous dining experience. Accompanied by a rich selection of California wines and a distinctive restaurant look that combines wood, flashy colors and industrial chic of brass and steel.”
Inspiration and support for the Pacific Rim flavors came from Philipp Vogel, the Cologne-based celebrity chef, who has already impressed Vienna’s culinary scene with his work in the Edvard Restaurant at Palais Hansen Kempinski. As guest chef in Berlin, he worked with the local kitchen brigade to create a menu that has far more to offer than the typical BBQ classics.
Just a few highlights of the menu:
Mavericks Roll – an appetizer of baked maki, quinoa, avocado, cucumber, ginger and ponzu
Rib Eye (Wingham, Australia) 220 g – a main course with herb tomatoes on grilled lettuce hearts
Surf ‘n’ Turf Special – a main course of veal fillet, half a lobster, marinated spinach and Hollandaise sauce for 2 persons, served with a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling
Beachbreak brownie – a chocolate brownie with raspberry, nut cream and vanilla ice cream
On three floors, Mavericks offers 79 seats including cool barstools, velvet pouffes and yellow-ochre leather benches for a quick stop of sandwiches, burgers and pizza or an extended light lunch. The sociable type will enjoy a friendly get-together at the two-meter long community table made of timber planks accompanied by a fruity Chardonnay from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, a homemade iced tea, a slushy or a Berliner Ziegel craft beer. From here, guests can take in the open kitchen, the bar of bottle green tiles and the rough red brick walls with graffiti out of the spray can of the local artists’ collective. There a brown bear, which graces both the California and the Berlin flags, stands atop a surfboard. In the background: the sounds and rhythms of a summer on the beach.