- Great food
May 11, 2018
Like many of its neighbours in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood, Bar Raval looks like a quirky locals’ hangout (the graffiti-ed walls and handwritten chalkboards belie no air of pretension), yet the food and drinks being created inside inspire more than just a local crowd. The long, canteen-like dining room churns out Spanish tapas-style dishes with flair and the bar is packed most nights of the week, but particularly on Mondays, when the chef cooks up a huge pan of paella. The culinary team behind Bar Raval likes to focus not only on classic tapas dishes (patatas bravas, spicy padron peppers and Spanish omelette, to name just a few), but to also create unique dishes that change with the seasons. Tomato Gazpacho when the sun is shining, for example, or Iberican Pork Tataki for a smoky taste of Spain in winter. Basically, if the Spanish art on the walls doesn’t trick you into thinking you’re in Spain, the food and wine most definitely will. The bottles which line the bar include some of the best cavas and wines you’ll find this far north, and the beer selection features a good mix of both German and international beers. If you’ve come for cocktails (although with wine this good, it’s unlikely), Bar Raval excels in whipping up refreshing gin & tonics and classic cocktails from the large spirits selection, although the funky craft sodas are equally as thirst-quenching when enjoyed on the outdoor terrace, open throughout summer.