So last night I had probably one of the best meals I've had in Berlin, and definitely the best vegan meal at an Omni restaurant! Maybe I'm biased, since I love Japanese food and was dying for Tempura, but..... 😏
I went to @lifeberlinlife - a Japanese restaurant in my neighborhood that I went to once last year and always pass by saying "I should go back in" but never do 😭 It's unassuming and in a little corner - easy to pass by - but they always have beautiful floral arrangements outside (literally - gorgeous)!
It's a traditional izakaya but also so much more - probably the best Japanese food in Berlin, and definitely the best vegan Japanese! They don't have much of a sushi menu (in Berlin, go to a Vietnamese restaurant for sushi 🤣🤣🤣) but they have Katsu, tempura 😍, hot pots, yaki-onigiri, yaki____, udon, curry (not vegan though! 😭 if anyone can make me vegan Japanese curry... please do 🙏🏻) and other classics that are an absolute must-try if you enjoy delicious meals!
I got their vegetarian feast - which is actually totally vegan!!!! 😍😍😍 and it was SO GOOD! The portions are "small" - but it's 5-6 courses - and 8 different portions of food - so really, they are perfect portions. The meal allowed you to taste everything (which is perfect because I wanted tempura, and dumplings, and something else) and still have room for the rest - and you leave feeling full and content, but not like you want to explode, you want to curl up with some tea, but not so full you can't walk home! Truly cozy and so tasty.
THERE ALSO WAS DESSERT! But my phone died 😭 it was a tofu-tiramisu - HOUSE-MADE!!! And totally vegan - not all that sweet, and although I have a mega sweet tooth, it was really satisfying and I'd be happy to have it again! It was nice to have a dessert that felt decadent and flavorful, but not sugary ☺️
But really - the presentation was beautiful, the ambiance is great, the food astounding, and the staff/owner(s) are so nice, enthusiastic, welcome and cheerful that it made for a wonderful solo-date night! I will absolutely be back ☺️☺️☺️
OH AND THEY HAVE PLUM WINE 😍 and a great selection of Japanese whisky!