A Hot Place for Winter Dinner, Friday, 13 February 2004
This winter in Berlin has been better than some that I've experienced in the past (it was -26C in winter of 1995/96) but it is still a damn cold, wet season, and the soles of my leather shoes are already flopping off from the wet pavements, as usual. But the main thing is that I've been missing a seriously good curry for such a long time that I think I must insist on taking the club next month to experience the best curry house in Berlin! It is so good that I normally never speak its name, but for you ladies and gentlemen, I have decided to let you in on the secret: it's a place called the Kashmir Palace in Marburgerstrasse, near the KaDeWe. And this place does curries that can make you jump or "phal!". Literally. This is definitely a place where Dave's Insanity Sauce may have met its match, to some degree, and believe me, that is saying something indeed.
But you really don't have to burn the candle at both ends, as they say. You can also order one of their very tasty normal curries, and they have a wide selection from various regions, from the top to bottom of India. They even do a tikka masala, which is actually an English curry invented in Birmingham or Manchester, which is a creamy tomato-based curry and pretty good as well, especially the way they do it here. There is also a wide selection of vegetarian curries for those that do not like eating vegetarians.
Anyway, here is a perfectly good excuse to warm yourself up in the depths of winter, so you have no reason for not dropping me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel like some heat in the depths of this winter. After the dinner, we might wander over to the Irish pub at the Europa Center, or better still, the Soul Trane in Kantstrasse for some jazz. Whatever. We'll see on the night.
How it went on the night
Well, I don't think anyone walked away saying they were left hungry and disappointed with the dinner, although a certain person did pretend that he was still not finished when they came to tidy up the dishes. The curries were tasty, pungent and good, as usual, and some were even pretty hot, according to reports. Regrettably, I still had to nibble on raw green chillies to spice up my curry but I eventually worked up a pretty good sweat nevertheless. At last. I had missed the feeling for a long time. It felt almost like being back in Brick Lane in London, except that the beer in Berlin is better and not warm.
Later on, some diehards went along to the Soul Trane to listen to a Mr Fuazi play some Latin jazz. And it was in here that we encountered the largest cocktail drink we've ever seen. I've got the pictures to prove it. Talking of pictures, for this page, I've included lots of pictures from other things that we did in February and not just the dinner alone, including a little trip to Adagio and some pictures of Angelique Kidjo (blues singer). One thing that was also quite interesting was a visit to the Dom Aquaree, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. If you've never been there, it's really one of those places which you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
Oktogon Dessert Ray eating it Watching Ray Adagio Angelique Kidjo Aquarium