Visiting this restaurant on the misguided recommendation from an expat whose advice I will no longer respect, I approached this restaurant with all the excitement of a meat lover primed on the fine Turkish and Persian eateries of London's east end I was quickly left deflated by what's billed as Berlin's "best" Turkish.
I will reserve judgement on service and the look and feel of the restaurant itself as I'm a consumer who believes firmly in the product regardless of how it's delivered, that said however on paying up the bullish waiter demanded a tip and almost kept the change as matter of course, something I'm sure he often gets away with however on this occasion he left empty handed.
So, let's get down to basics. For me Turkish and Persian cuisine has three simple things to execute, meat, bread, salad. Sadly this restaurant can deliver none. The meat ordered came in the form of cubed lamb and kofta style kebab, two staples
on any menu for this type of food, the cubed lamb firstly was tough and under seasoned and that's pretty much all that can be said about it. Moving onto the kofta, it was an improvement on the lamb however not by much, the chefs had made an attempt to rustle up some sort of lightly spiced concoction of minced lamb but was at best a laymans attempt, again under seasoned and lacking flavour.
The salad was little more than a wet lettuce accompanied with soggy tomatoes and raw onions.
The bread. Have seen nothing like it. White, flimsy and not cooked, certainly did not meet the expectations of the "special bread" as advertised.
In summary I would recommend the owner and chefs of Hasir visit the likes of Babel of Prenzlauer Berg and Dalstons Cirrik and Umat Okabasie 2000 for a lesson in how this food should really be done.
Any discerning meat lover should avoid at all costs.
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