Kreuzberg, and the area around Kottbusser Tor in particular, is at the heart of the traditional Turkish community in Berlin and is therefore awash with Turkish restaurants and Kebab shops. Doyum Grillhaus is up there with the best.
Quality (generally) means popularity and Doyum is well frequented, especially by the local Turkish population. Thankfully, there are always plenty of waiting staff, who manage friendly service despite being busy.
Like another of my favourite Turkish restaurants in Kreuzberg, Yeni Adana Grillhaus, Doyum has a large open grill where they cook a seemingly endless supply of meat over charcoal.
I will need a few more visits to Doyum Grillhaus to work my way through the menu but first impressions are good. I had a delicious Kuzu Şiş Kebap Yoğurtlu (marinated lamb cooked on a skewer and served on bread with a tomato and yoghurt sauce) but the Adana Kebap Yoğurtlu was exceptional.
Like the Kuzu Şiş Kebap Yoğurtlu this version of the Adana Kebap is served on chunks of bread with a sauce of tomato and yoghurt but the meat has been minced, seasoned and cooked on a flat skewer.
Doyum – satiety: feeling or condition of being full after food.
The portions at Doyum are generous, meals come with a liberal side of excellent bread and the food is so tasty that you won’t want to leave any, so the restaurant’s name is well deserved.
If your only experience of Turkish food is a Döner Kebab and you’re looking to broaden your horizons, Doyum Grillhaus in Berlin is a great place to start; order an Adana Kebap – you won’t be disappointed.