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Aapka Indian Restaurant

The Chicken Tikka Masala at Aapka Indisches (Indian) Restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, BerlinFollowing hot on the heels (pun intended) of my Thai restaurant recommendation, a great curry in Berlin.  My first Berlin curry experience was a massive disappointment – salty but bland – so when überlin recommended Aapka Indisches Restaurant in the comments on their Buddha Republic post I was keen to give it a go.  James and Zoë had visited the restaurant on Maybachufer but in a stroke of good fortune there are two Aapka restaurants in Berlin and the other one is on Kastanianallee, a short stroll from my flat.

I know it’s stereotypically British but I love Chicken Tikka Masala and it’s the dish that I use to gauge the quality of an Indian Restaurant.

The logo of Aapka Indisches (Indian) Restaurant in Berlin from the menu


This wasn’t like any Chicken Tikka Masala I’ve had in Britain though – the sauce wasn’t creamy and was much spicier than I’ve had before – more like a Tikka Green Masala – but it was absolutely delicious.

I had a Naan too but was too eager to eat to delay my meal any longer by taking a photograph – sorry.

I had my first meal at Aapka with friends visiting from England, one of whom, Gareth is a bit of a curry connoisseur, having spent his University years in Bradford, the curry capital of Britain.

Gareth had the Mutton Gosht Banglori and declared it to be delicious.

Aapka proves that you can get a curry that is packed full of flavour and well spiced in Berlin.

If that has made you hungry I may as well complete the set and make you thirsty as well.  What else could you wash a curry down with?

A glass of Veltins Pilsner at Aapka Indisches (Indian) Restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Like most restaurants and cafés on Kastanianallee, Aapka has outdoor seating, ideal for hot summer nights.  Watch out for the gang of sparrows though – they are happy to attempt daring raids on the rice bucket on your table while you eat!

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7 Responses to Aapka Indian Restaurant

  1. KPdesign 23 May, 2012 at 10:44 #

    I had a similar ‘first-time-Berlin-curry’ disappointing experience…this looks tempting – love your recommendations! I’ll add it to my ever-growing list 🙂

    • andBerlin 23 May, 2012 at 11:50 #

      My first curry was so bad I was a little bit nervous about taking my friends for one in Berlin but I’m glad I persevered!

  2. James 23 May, 2012 at 10:53 #

    Glad you liked! Our quest for the perfect INDIAN curry continues, but for now, this’ll do 🙂

    • andBerlin 23 May, 2012 at 11:51 #

      If you find anywhere that beats it let me know because I’ll be there like a shot!

  3. digitalcosmonaut 23 May, 2012 at 11:05 #

    I tried out another Indian place quite close to there – cant remember the name, but it was the worst curry of my life. Shame this is in kreuzberg XD might have to venture down there at some point and try it out. I tried out a place called Punjab in Prenz.Berg (Immanuelkirchstraße) the other week and it was mediocre as well. Even the Germans say it was bland – that’s a first.

    • andBerlin 23 May, 2012 at 11:53 #

      I went to the restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg so there’s no need for you to venture to Kreuzberg. I can’t quite work out why there is a tendency not to spice the food more – it seems to have caught on everywhere else.

      • digitalcosmonaut 23 May, 2012 at 12:09 #

        ahh I missed that part. Its not a spice issue though, you can get things spicy on request. IMO its a flavor issue – the food is just bland – even the stuff from the supermarket has more taste.

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