Abendmahl Botanical Dinner Night, Friday 27th August 2004
I am going away for the rest of this month and I had thought of skipping the August dinner event as it's so hot anyway and most people would prefer drinking to eating. Well, at least, I do anyway. But, nope. To the rescue comes Hr Raymondo Dudek who wants to recommend a place in Kreuzberg, which is allegedly some district in Berlin somewhere. Anyway, following is Ray's preamble for a dinner event to be held at Abendmahl on Friday, 27th August, so if you want to come along, PLEASE REPLY TO RAY at firstname.lastname@example.org. For this event, any emails to me will be lost like matter near a black hole (perhaps to emerge later as Hawking radiation some time in the distant future) as I am officially away, on holiday, nicht hier, gone, in urlaub, outtahere.
Remember, please reply to Ray on email@example.com if you want to come along to this event and he'll respond directly to you with directions and map and stuff.
Catch you all again in September sometime, and have a good August and a good dinner, even though you'll mostly be eating something green. Like Shrek.
August Dining Club - Friday the 27th - Ray Dudek
Back in university I had friend named Ross, who was a great guy despite studying theoretical physics. He is Canadian, and also a vegeterian. We would get into heated discussions about vegeterianism; me with old lines such as, "If God didn't want us to eat animals he would not have made them out of meat", and him retorting with the merits of cannibalism. A fracas would ensue as tempers rose. Oh yes, good times. But I will never forget what he first said to me when I asked why he was a vegetrian. He quite simply replied, "I hate plants."
So, irrelavent preamble dispensed with, we can now get to the heart of the matter. Chris is away for the rest of the month, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go to a gem of a restaraunt called Abendmahl (sounds like a great place for an evening meal...). There are two reasons for this decision. First, it is a vegetarian restaraunt. And while Chris is knowledgable in nearly all matters, I am not sure he knows what a vegetarian is. He probably thinks its some obscure eastern religion. Secondly, Abendmahl is located in Kreuzberg. While Chris can undoubtedly point to where Kreuzberg is on a map, no one can verify of his having ever been there.
Abendmahl is supposed to be prime vegetarian restaraunt in Berlin. The menu features unique items such as "I Shot Andy Warhol" for dessert. Should you refuse to eat flora only, they do have fish on the menu (you can try the Flammendes Inferno - Thai fish curry). The restaruant is not all that large, so space will be limited. If you are bold enough to make the claim that you are a vegetarian, you will get priority. Though I am sure many of you vegetarians have been eating at this place for years. The price of an entree is about 10 euros or so, after all the food doesn't grow on trees (well, not all of it).
Afterwards we can check out the local scene; drinks at the milch bar, music at Wild at Heart, or 'entertainment' at the Kato Club. I hope to see a few of your there.
- Ray Dudek, dinner club non-union replacement
How it went on the night
After some extremely cheap cocktails at the Havana club we stumbled over to Abendmahl for some unique eats. The menu contains many strange vegetarian dishes that we had not heard of before. There is more than just tofu to substitute for meat. The highlight of the evening was the desserts. Some had fancy presentations, others tasted just fabulous, and a few were both. Lastly, slow service seems to be the norm for this club, but at least here the service was as friendly as can be. So this place is strongly recommended to plant eaters everywhere, and to everyone if you want great desserts.
A few of the die-hards went around the corner to the Milchbar for some spirited drinking in a more spirited place.