Tango Dinner at Caminito, Friday 21 December
For the last event of 2012, we are going to yet another eclectic location - this time it will be Argentinian tango food that we will enjoy, in a small colourful place that requires careful pre-booking as they don't really need new business. That doesn't mean that they are not friendly or accommodating - it is just that they are a small and very popular place for people in the know. The premises are somewhat funky and chaotic, especially the motifs and colour scheme(s) used, and it is alleged that the best and most authentic Argentinian food in Berlin is available here, which partially accounts for their popularity.
You know, it's quite funny how much one can learn about foreign history from Berlin restaurants. For example, the name of the restaurant we are going to evokes the sensual nature of tango, for it is named after a notorious stony street in La Curva in the harbour of Buenos Aires, next to the railways. Argentinian tango was born in this district. About a hundred years ago, some famous dude called Juan de Dios Filiberto used to walk through the area every day to work - and the area so inspired him that he wrote the music for the famous tango piece, "El Caminito" ("Little Path") amongst other tango classics.
And so we will dine at Caminito, Katzbachstraße 9, Kruezberg (near Yorckstrasse S/U-Bahn), which is a long way from Argentina but we can at least muse about tango and enjoy the same food cooked 11.887 km away on the other side of the world. This restaurant is obviously dedicated to tango, it is not at all expensive, it is a respite from the dark evenings and wintry winds - and there is no good reason for anyone to not to join the club's last dinner of the year (apart from me, of course, as I am 9.606 km away in Kuala Lumpur - sigh). Their somewhat haphazard website is on http://caminito-berlin.de if you want to check it out.
Anyway, as it is a small place, please do book early by sending an email to Sylvia as soon as you can, especially as the closing date is just next Wednesday 19 December. The dinner will be on Friday 21 December as it was not easy to get bookings at other times so please hurry and join up if you want to try the food that inspired tango.
Chris (on behalf of Sylvia)
How it went on the night...
We had a genuinely warm welcome from Fausto at his very traditional Argentinian little restaurant. He serves truly original food and the long wait for our dinner was really compensated by the quality of the food as everything was definitely homecooked. They even did some extra shopping to get really fresh eggs for the dessert. The Argentinian wines were so good that we overstayed even longer - and longer as at the end Fausto treated us to some of his very best Argentinian Schnaps and biscuits. For sure, we will be back here as it almost feels like being at home. Really - it was that good!