Friday 6 March | 2015
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain. For this strong and almost irresistible urge to travel the world, the Germans too have a beautiful expression: wanderlust.
Wanderlust is also the theme of hipster hotspot Roamers, hidden away in the back streets of Neukölln. It is a refreshing change to all the industrial styled cafes with their factory lights and exposed walls – instead Roamers is full of exotic plants. Curios abound here – an old suitcase, a vintage travel guide to California, a pinecone, and some scissors once treasured by a biologist.
The drinks menu at Roamers is pretty special, starring this cinnamon date smoothie (€3.50) which is rich, indulgent and heavy in spice. Traditionalists however will appreciate the apple, mint and ginger lemonade, but steer clear unless you really love ginger, because this delivers a heavy dose.
The French toast (€4.00) is beyond delicious and there is fork fight over this one lonely serving. The bread is super fluffy, the soft pear fits perfectly and we are in raptures over lemony creme fraiche. We recommend taking this dish to an outside table, so that you can lick the plate in peace afterwards.
The granola (€3.90) has a lot going on, including blueberries, roasted peanuts, and sesame seeds. Layered up with natural yoghurt and stuffed with more fresh herbs for decoration, it tastes as good as it looks.
We turned up at almost 3pm and still had to wait for a seat – the small space is cosy, but needs a serious expansion to feed the hoards of hungry visitors. They are here from all corners of the world, with this afternoon’s batch representing Sweden (we hear the Swedes are regulars here), Portugal, and Australia too.
Therefore we’re not giving away our prized seats very easily. Time to place a bet on which homemade cake is the best – the dark chocolate brownie, zesty lemon cheesecake or the double layer carrot cake?
Our money is on the cheesecake, and it’s a winner. Quite unlike the standard German recipe, the Roamers edition is low, has a malty speculatius cookie base, and a sticky lemon topping. It’s delicious, and its cult-like following around town is no surprise.
Looking for the menu? Here it is: