|paprikawurst -- pork sausage with paprika and garlic
No, EatingLA is not still reporting from Berlin. In a strange, curry-flavored bit of serendipity, while I was wandering around Berlin without ever getting the timing right to try the local specialty of currywurst, Berlin ex-pats Hardeep and Lena Manak and Haike Buentemeyer were opening Berlin Currywurst in the former pupuseria next to Pazzo Gelato in the heart of Sunset Junction. The compact space has been revamped with large black and white photos of Berlin, old school chairs, large glass bottles of curry powder and filament light bulbs. A small outdoor patio provides a bit more seating.
But what is currywurst, which became popular in Berlin after the war and spread to both East and West sides of the divided city? Currywurst is a sausage sliced, doused in a curry-flavored tomato sauce and sprinkled with curry powder.
|Berlin icons like the bear symbol and the TV tower decorate the room
At Berlin Currywurst, choose from seven types of sausage including the traditional bratwurst and bockwurst, beef with cheese and jalapenos, chicken and tofu. Then choose a heat level for the ketchup -- #3 has a slow but significant burn, while #4 comes with a stern warning. If you like, add extra flavors themed to Berlin neighborhoods -- my favorite neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg corresponds to fruity, while edgy Kreuzberg is chipotle-tinged. The menu is simple -- the only sides are fries, but sauteed onions or jambalaya can be added on top. While beer would make a good companion to the deliciously salty, spicy and fatty flavors, Hardeep said the space is just too small to apply for a liquor license. It's a shame, since in Berlin, even the tiniest food stalls and trucks serve beer and the country doesn't seem to come to a complete stop just because a sausage shop doesn't have two bathrooms. So how are the currywurst? The sausage is top quality all-natural meat with a hearty porky flavor. I think personally I prefer my sausages with mustard, but my dining companions were very pleased with the housemade ketchup. A currywurst with bread and sauce is $5.89, while fries are $3.49. Hardeep told me the German brown bread is made specially for the restaurant by an eccentric German baker who has been experimenting with the recipe for several months to get it just right.
|Get the fries with onions for even more impact
3827 W. Sunset Blvd.