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“What A Turkey!”
Review of Hasir Kreuzberg

Hasir Kreuzberg
Ranked #770 of 9,010 Restaurants in Berlin
Price range: $31 - $55
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Kreuzberg
Reviewed February 9, 2014

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.


Yours sincerely

Disappointed

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4  Thank LethamLovesMeat
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

On arrival Hasir promised much. You are greeted with the sweet smell of a flaming grill, and pictures of the Berlin hoi polloi that line the walls are punctuated only by traditional Ottaman detailing.

However, following a lengthy wait, the food left me feeling bitterly disappointed. A small portion of under seasoned lamb pieces and a singular kofta style minced kebab were served with the most basic of salads - the sort of which you would expect with a three euro donner. When we had asked for dips, which arrived with only two mouthfuls of food left to consume, they tasted like the main ingredient was the cheap ground black pepper you find on the shelf of Morrisons. The bread could only be described as embarrassing.

I'm a big fan of Turkish food, and approach a meal with genuine excitement, but this left me as flat and deflated as the sorry excuse of bread. To add insult to injury, when I paid the waiter, he kept a 20% tip in his wallet before staring at me hard and saying 'ok?' Avoid like the plague.

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3  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Nice wedge fries, too sweet a bread, greasy burgers, bad service.
Not worth the visit.

If, than only because of its location. Otherwise: average

Thank mdsmendes
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

My last visit to Hasi was on a busy summer evening...there was sufficient hustle and bustle not to notice the service. However, on a winter's monday evening. There is nothing special about the genuinely Turkish food,, but there seems no one in charge to supervise the arrogant, moody condescending waiters. Never again !

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Thank Geomeller
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

The founder of this restaurant chain is the guy who "invented" the kebabs! Actually he just transformed a traditionnal turkish bbq into a takeaway meal and later created this restaurant chain to show to non-turkish people that there is more than what we call "kebabs" in turkish cuisine. So here you'll find the original kebabs - that means bbq meat served on a plate with a salad and bread. I went there several times, the food was always good. Try the lentil soup for starter, it is excellent.

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Thank Halex11
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