This weary translator can be found tucked up in this cosy Wedding cafe between appointments at the Ausländerbehörde, and in this regard, the cafe’s name is quite fitting. Auszeit (Time Out) is on a picturesque corner of Kiatschoustraße in Wedding, a short walk over a quaint bridge connecting the quarter to Friedrich-Krause Ufer, where the foreigner’s office is located.
I was initially attracted to the al fresco dining by the river on a warm late summer afternoon between appointments, and then noticed a fabulous lunch special between 12 and 2pm – two courses and a coffee or juice for 5,90 EUR. I’ve tried this on two separate occasions and it has been, quite frankly, delicious. One particular appetizer, a salad with rocket, fresh oyster mushrooms and a delectable balsamic dressing, could actually be ranked as life changingly good.
Now I find Auszeit is the perfect refuge from the cold – the dark wood, candles, and cosy atmosphere are very inviting, and the waitstaff always friendly. Auszeit has a whole range of breakfast platters, salads, pizzas, pastas, burgers, roesti, desserts etc, and I’m looking forward to trying a Tuesday evening create-your-own gourmet pizza extravaganza at some time in the near future. I’m not the kind of reviewer who goes nuts about coffee, as I don’t drink it that much, but may I bring to your attention that auszeit is all up with a new trend I’ve noticed in Berlin – ungesüßte heiße schokolade (unsweetened hot chocolate), and I’m a huge fan.
If you’re at the foreigner’s office in Wedding and you wish to celebrate the approval of your new visa, come to Auszeit and say hi. Alternatively, you may wish to commiserate your pending deportation with a cocktail. But not if you hire me to go with you to your appointment!
Auszeit: Kiatschoustr 12a, 13353 Berlin
Open from 10am, kitchen open until 11pm.
About the Author: Kathleen Parker is very good at helping English speakers communicate in German after moving to Berlin. Red Tape Translation was founded in the summer of 2012, and Kathleen Parker is frequently spotted interpreting at the Ausländerbehörde, or offering affordable interpreting help by phone.
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