We were surprised to find that there aren’t many curry restaurants in Berlin, despite the fact that “curry wurst” can be found absolutely everywhere!
But having spent a day in Potsdamer Platz, we pretty much stumbled across Amrit, so we decided to pop in and try it out. It’s located just across the road from the Sony Centre, a 1 minute stroll from The Mall of Berlin and just 600 metres from The Brandenburg Gate, so a visit to that area should include Amrit, which offers a special deal lunch, or a a la carte dinner.
It’s big place, with loads of staff and quick, friendly service. The decor is fabulous – really classy, featuring carved effect pillars, ornate light fittings and even running water. This extends to the toilets, which are ultra modern and very clean.
Some very spicy, hot black peppercorn pappads were put on the table to nibble on while we looked at the menu. There are some really unusual dishes available, and we liked the way that every dish comes with basmati rice and a fresh salad. Julie chose Batak Murchi from a good choice of duck dishes, and I went for Chicken Malabari Masala, which is one that caught my eye because there was a “Story” attached to it. Apparently the owner discovered the dish on a trip to the south coast of India, and added it to his menu.
Julie’s duck was thinly sliced breast, very tender and served in a rich, spicy oyster and chilli sauce, with grated coconut. My dish had a thinner sauce, packed with coriander and green chilli. The two dishes were a prefect contrast and we ended up sharing. The flavours were delicious, the vegetables in each perfectly cooked and the meat was tender and tasty. The salad was fresh, crispy and served with a fabulous dressing, which cut through the curry taste beautifully. We ordered a Tandoori roti with mint, as a bread to scoop the remains of our sauce.
Amrit is hugely popular and there was a steady flow of people in and out the whole time we were there on Christmas eve. The service is really excellent, with all the staff seeming to speak good English, and to have time to chat. At the end of the meal we were given fruity shots on the house, and a Masalla Chai teabag each as a little gift.
A really excellent curry restaurant and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to you when you are in Berlin.
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