For the last four years my weekend has been of the Friday – Saturday variety. This is because in most of the Middle East and North Africa, Friday is the day of worship (holy day) for Muslims. Though I grudgingly came around to adopt this constitution of the weekend (I mean, what are the options when living in Egypt?) I could never fully get my head around the fact that Sunday was all business suits and office politics and not the day when I’d stick my nose a three-inch newspaper and spend the better part of the late morning/early afternoon reading sections I’d normally never touch and stuff my face in the process.
Oh yes, there’s something sinfully spectacular about Sunday brunch.
While in Berlin I gleefully welcomed both the return of Sunday (as a part of the weekend) and brunch (as in: proper spreads that require 2-3 hours to gorge on) and met up with friends at a modest – yet oh-so hip – eatery in the northern part of Prenzlauer Berg by the name of Suicide Sue.
With a moniker like that and a graphic of a woman with an eye patch and her katana, who wouldn’t want to check it out?
Suicide Sue is both welcoming and cozy and boasts an extensive menu with a variety of breads, cakes, cheeses, juices, coffee/tea and other breakfast and lunch foods. Though it all looked fabulous, I had forgotten how dairy and gluten-loving Germans can be and was concerned I wouldn’t find something to indulge in. Luckily for me my friend is a newly-diagnosed Intolerant (however I realize it’s not a great thing for her especially as she loves cakes and other sweet delights), so she navigated the minefield of brunch items – all spreads are laden with butter and milk – and helped me settle on an omelette with baked beans on the side, while she went for an omelette with bacon and a generous helping of bread and olive oil. The un-Intolerant in our group selected an open faced sandwich with ham, cheese and lettuce that looked drool worthy.
Served in individual sized pans on top of wooden cutting boards, the food was highly enjoyable. Patrons are able to “make their own omelettes” by choosing from a variety of ingredients and the kitchen/staff are helpful in ensuring that nothing was sauteed/cooked in butter or cream. With several tall glasses of ginger and lemongrass tea to accompany the meal, we delighted in the atmosphere of the place and sunk into the wooden benches to spent several hours catching up and enjoy our respective meals.
Sunday brunch is back kids.
10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00