This summer, I had the pleasure of having dinner in the Tajik tearoom (Tadschikische Teestube) in Berlin. I had never heard of this place before as it was a friend who suggested we go there, but I was in for a delightful evening as soon as I walked in the door.
The tearoom is hidden in a pleasant courtyard off Oranienburger Tor, an area I wouldn’t really have expected it to be in. Not much from the outside, once you walk in you are met with an eyeful of Oriental delights.
Rich colours project a warm feeling into a room which has a hint of the GDR due to its high ceilings. This is actually pretty amazing as the entire interior came from the Tajikistan stand that was on display at a 1970s Leipzig trade fair, and presented to the GDR as a gift.
Guests can choose to sit at the more traditional low tables on beautifully tapered cushions, or at a higher, more ‘everyday’ table.
An absolutely wonderful amount of teas are available here and you can order anything from a single pot, to tea accompanied by biscuits, to a full tea ceremony. I don’t like any hot drinks at all so I can’t personally vouch for the taste, but my friend was more than satisfied by it. There was a pretty good food menu offering a selection of light and tasty dishes. There were enough vegetarian and vegan dishes provided so that there was something suitable for everybody. Silly me didn’t jot down the name of what I ate but they were basically dumplings filled with mashed potato and some mushrooms on top. Salad was served on the side. It was a delicious meal and just the right amount of food for a hot day.
Tadschikische Teestube is definitely a place to go if you are looking for something a bit different in Berlin. There are plenty of teas to choose from and more than enough food to eat. The service is friendly and fast too.
Have you ever been to a Tajik tearoom? What did you think?