Repurposing used shipping containers into viable spaces is nothing new, London’s BoxPark shopping center in Shoreditch being only the most obvious example, but a new slow-food kitchen recently opened in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood called Till the Cows Come Home (TTCCH) has caught our eye. Creative director Natalie Viaux and health consultant Dr. Christiane Cordes developed a menu that, like the restaurant itself, is as charming as it is ambitious.
Pull up a chair at the handmade dining table by designer Alexander Spiliopoulos and enjoy a vegetarian breakfast, lunch, or dinner by Portuguese chef Nuno Carrusca, whose specialties range from “ayurvedic to kosher and macrobiotic to Mediterranean.” You might either roll your eyes or be delighted by items like “free radical shots” and a smoothie menu inspired by the Charlotte Rampling film Max Mon Amour (in which she falls in love with an ape), but a simple and healthy home-cooked meal is a perfect reprieve from a dizzying day of shopping in Mitte—or get it to go, in sustainable packaging, natch.
For our part, our next Berlin travel itinerary will definitely involve unwinding over a slow drink at TTCCH so we can take in the Norwegian birch and copper details at the beautifully appointed bar. And maybe we’ll even chase it with a free radical shot or two.