Lunch is as essential and important as the first coffee in the morning. In a multi-cultural city like Berlin, you will have the agony of choice considering that the city is home to several thousand restaurants, bistros, and cafés. And given the high quote of migrants from Muslim cultures who live and work in the German capital and the millions of tourists that visit the city every year, Berlin has no lack of Halal lunch spots! We've just collected a variety of trendy and modern eateries for you where you can easily head with your coworkers during your break. And since the budget can be as tight as your time schedule we kept an eye on both of these issues, so rest assured that the restaurants are affordable and the service is quick. Some of them even qualify for a dinner night out after work!
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Being located in Grolmanstraße, this bistro is just a short walk from Ku’Damm and very close to Savignyplatz. The signature dish of this store with a colorful mix of the modern and old interior is Koshary, an unbelievably tasty high-carb Egyptian dish containing mainly pasta, rice, lentils, and tomato sauce. If you have ever been to Egypt you’ll most likely know it. The regularly altering specialties take you on a journey through the alleys and souks of Cairo, Algier, Beirut, or Marrakesh. The owner always tries something new and experiments on how to give the classics a modern twist. Algerian chickpea soufflé, Palestinian Freekeh soup, Israeli beetroot mash - the dishes are all variations of the originals. For your sweet tooth, they also offer desserts such as Umm Ali, a kind of sweet bread and butter pudding that’s very popular in the Arabic world. The staff is friendly, the service is quick. Everything on the menu is homemade and organic, their merguez comes from an Algerian butcher’s shop in Berlin. You shouldn’t miss the homemade hibiscus tea. Following their Facebook feed will make you drool!
Address: Grolmanstraße 27, 10623 Berlin,
Price Range: €€
Only 1 subway station from Kurfürstendamm you will find this great Indian restaurant. They have dishes from all Indian regions on the menu. The service is very professional and highly attentive, and they show a great sense of hospitality. You will get a welcome drink and papadam as a starter before you order anything. They have a special lunch menu from Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The dishes for this business lunch change daily. Besides a variety of chicken, fish, and lamb curries you will find delicious biriyanis and dishes from the tandoor oven on the menu. The meat is very soft and the spices are well-balanced. Try the bhatura bread. It’s perfect for soaking up the sauce of your curry dish and will get you addicted. You should best come here with a couple of friends or colleagues or with your special someone for a romantic dinner.
Address: Pariser Str. 56, 10719 Berlin,
Price Range: €€
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Directly opposite the small Tiergarten, you will find Indonesian dishes which perfectly combine the spiciness and the freshness of the Indonesian islands. Nusantara at Turmstraße was founded by three Berlin women with Indonesian roots in 2011. They offer a diversified menu with specialties from Sumatra, Bali, and Java such as Gado Gado, Fried Rice, Bakmi Goreng, and Saté, and traditional cold Indonesian beverages like Ice Campur or Ice Cendol. All dishes are halal-certified. The food they serve can be considered authentic since you will see a lot of Indonesian people going there, which is always a good sign, right? The service is quick and the prices are cheap, with main dishes being around 6€ on average, so it’s a good place when you are currently on a budget or if you are looking for a quick and easy lunch. They also offer free wifi. And while you Instagram your food you should try a Tubruk – coarsely ground Indonesian coffee that carries the flavor of Java and Sumatra. As it sometimes can happen in Germany, they don’t accept debit/credit cards, so cash only.
Address: Turmstraße 18, 10559 Berlin,
Price Range: €
Don’t let yourself be fooled by the simple appearance of this place. It might not look hip or stylish but the food that Yarok offers is nothing less than sensationally delicious. Yarok means “green” in Hebrew and hence is supposed to symbolize solidarity among the peoples. This down-to-earth, next-door restaurant is a simple place with friendly staff, traditional food, and great service. This oasis of Syrian hospitality will send your taste buds on a journey with the aroma of their falafel, hummus, and shawarma. Traditional dishes like fattoush, kebab, and the obligatory oriental peppermint tea will make you miss nothing. If you are not familiar with Arabic cuisine or simply can’t decide just order one of their mixed plates. Yarok is quite popular among Vegetarians, too. To make your lunch or dinner perfect, take baklava for dessert. They also offer a daily changing specialty. As Syrians can generally be considered to be kid-friendly, there will be no problem taking your little ones with you for a family lunch. They don’t accept cards, so cash only. Also, they don’t take reservations, so simply walk in.
Address: Torstraße 195, 10115 Berlin and Wilhelmstraße 41a, 10963 Berlin
Price Range: €€
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Nil Bistro is truly a hidden gem. The owner, Walid, began cooking in his student dormitory in the 1990s and eventually made it a profession. He will soon open his 4th store because the Sudanese cuisine obviously meets a need for more than just Döner Kebab when you want a halal lunch. With his homemade peanut sauce, Walid proves that falafel can taste different and interesting. The most expensive dish is 6€, so you will get a very fresh and authentic Sudanese lunch for a low price. They offer African Burgers, Koshary, Tamiya, and Foul, an African dish made of Fava beans. Also, you will find chicken, fish, and kofte on the menu. In the cold and long winters of Berlin, one of their delicious soups will warm you up. In summer, you should try some of their homemade coconut-, hibiscus- or hazelnut sorbets. To fight against the food coma after lunch you can try original Sudanese coffee or one of their regularly changing homemade Sudanese drinks and shakes. Tamarind, lemon-ginger, mango, baobab, and watermelon-peppermint are just some of the flavors they offer. Walid usually works in the store at Boxhagener Straße, experimenting and trying new things. So, if you always want to taste his newest creations, go there. If you come regularly, he will most likely greet you with a handshake.
Price Range: €
This Burger restaurant is close to the Virchow hospital in Berlin in the area between Wedding, Moabit, and Gesundbrunnen. The place is easily accessible because it’s located directly at the exit of Amrumer Straße subway station.
It’s a low-key small store but the burgers are fresh and not made from frozen patties. The halal meat patties are fresh and the crispy-toasted bread rolls are from their own production. They offer a variety of different burgers such as Cheesy Cheese or Crispy Chicken.
You can also get a healthy vegetarian and even vegan alternative such as Falafel or Halloumi burger. Besides, UNI Burger offers two burgers for children. You can order a menu with French fries and a drink for about 6€. The low prices are certainly due to the nearby Beuth University (hence also the name). Since the main customers are (mostly) male students on a budget, don’t expect too much coziness from this place. They only have seats outside so you better come during the warmer days. But it’s perfect for a quick lunch when you simply need a quick bite and don't have the time to hang around a place for long
Address: Torfstraße 17, 13353 Berlin
Price Range: €
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The Toro Negro (Black Bull) will seduce you with modern Spanish-oriental Halal cuisine and with a lot of passion that you can taste with every bite. The restaurant is just a short walk from subway station Kurfürstendamm, so it’s very centrally located. In addition to countless tapas specialties and steaks, you will also find classics from the Spanish, Italian, and Arabic cuisine selected specialties from southern France, as well as their own creations on the menu. For lunch, they offer a special lunch deal with pasta or pizza for 5,90€. You can get this business menu from Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The prices are quite moderate, with the most expensive fillet steak of 300gr. being 19,50€. The service is very kind, attentive, and kid-friendly. When you come here for a family dinner, your kids will certainly find something they like on the comprehensive menu. The ambiance is quite cozy and old. During the weekend and in the evening a reservation is recommended since the place is evolving from an insider tip to the favorite Spanish restaurant of many people.
Address: Nürnberger Straße 46 10789 Berlin,
Price Range: €€