Modern British healthy cooking
Claim to fame: Delicious, healthy food that really packs a punch
Reason to go: Ottolenghi-inspired salads and lunch creations
To look out for: Their popular pop up events with famous guest chefs from all over the world
Tommy Tannock and Johnnie Collins were the two people tasked with delivering a modern food concept in the public, ground-floor space of Berlin’s SOHO House, a warm, airy, minimalist space located in a stunning building that used to house everything from a pre-war Jewish department store to the headquarters of the Communist Party’s Central Committee during GDR times. Luckily the London-born duo was more than well equipped to handle the challenge. The Store Kitchen is the fruit of their efforts, a project that functions as both a fashion- and design store as well as restaurant, complete with delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
The London influence is evident throughout Tannock and Collins’ menu. The lunchtime salads breezily mix ingredients in the fuss-free, taste-focused manner that Yotam Ottolenghi once championed, the widespread use of homemade ferments like kefir and sriracha add unexpected layers to heavenly dishes topped with seasonal cheeses, spices and other ingredients. Think quinoa and celeriac, chicory and blood orange and grilled aubergines with chickpeas. There’s also a cold-pressed juice bar, straight out of Shoreditch High Street’s Ace Hotel. Together with a daily changing soup option (the green spinach with fennel, lemon and bone broth with miso and chile is legendary) and delicious specials like brown rice kedgeree, these offerings make for one of the best, most seasonal, high quality lunches in Berlin.
The Store is an eye-catching hideaway in the urban jungle, both for eating and general reflection over a cup of coffee. Tannock and Collins have created one of the most forward-thinking eateries in the heart of Berlin’s restaurant scene, and in the process established a benchmark for healthy eating in the capital.