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Bleibtreustr. 17, 10629 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 883 6293, Fax: 318 09261 | S-Bahn Savignyplatz | Cards: Visa, Master, EC, Diners | Mains from DM15
For those who crave authentic Tandoori cuisine, Calcutta is the place to head for. According to the owner this was Germany's first Indian restaurant, and certainly Berlin's, opening in 1967. Popular with British forces back then, it has maintained its reputation and visits from the British ambassador and other luminaries are not uncommon. Soft baked Naan and chapatti are among the wonderful breads on the menu ( often serve fried elsewhere in Berlin) and the range of vegetarian dishes is a treat. For meat-eaters, the Tandoori chicken is unquestionably the most tender and delicately spiced in the city. Extra portions of rice will be brought on request by the no-nonsense staff, and asking for your food hot will actually make a considerable difference to the flavour. Fortunately, no attempts have been made to adapt the spiciness of Northern Indian fare to a local palate more accustomed to blander flavours. The atmosphere is urbane and unhurried - definitely not a post-pub curryhouse. The cardamon tea offers a wholesome alternative to a selection of wines and beers.

Chop Bar
Pappelallee 29, 10437 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: no phone, Fax: no fax | U2 Eberswalder Str. | Times: 6pm-late | Cards: none | Prices: Mains DM15-20.
A unique and delicious experience: West African food prepared by West Africans. Ghanian and Senegalese cuisine with exotic ingredients like fufu and yam. Not always consistent, but on a good night they can't be beat. Warning: the hot sauce is nuclear, but the Ghanian beers on offer will keep you cool.

Tuk Tuk
Großgörschenstr. 2 , 10827 Berlin - Schöneberg | Tel: 781 15 88, Fax: no fax | U7 Kleistpark | Times: 17:00 - 12:00
Indonesian on the pricey side, and with that uncomfortable exaggerated ethnic-kitsch Berliners seem to need in order to pretend they are on vacation and thus open to flavours other than salt. The food, however, is excellent, carefully prepared with plenty of spicy pickles and sides, lots of vegetarian dishes too.

Mao Thai
Wörther Straße 30, 10405 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 441 9261, Fax: no fax | U2 Senefelder Platz | Also at Meier-Otto-Straße 1, Berlin - Charlottenburg, Tel: 8832823 | Times: Mo-Fr 4.30 p.m. to 12 a.m., Weekends and holidays 2.30 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Mains from DM16.
This Thai restaurant is owned by Norbert Frankenstein, who also runs several other Thai restaurants in Berlin. Norbert lived in Japan, teaching at a university, when he visited Thailand for the first time and fell in love with the country and its cuisine, especially in the poor northeastern region. Since those days he has had the desire to "export" the truly Siamese cuisine to Berlin. His chefs are from Thailand and the quality of the food is beyond question. But Norbert has given his business an underlying philosophy which is unique. Seeing the poverty in the North East of Thailand, he decided to initiate his own personal contribution for Third World. He regularly brings over staff from Thailand, giving them the chance to earn more money to invest in their future than they could ever expect in rural Thailand while supporting their families at home. A part of the profits from Mao Thai are being used in Thailand to support poor farmers or talented youths, who otherwise could not afford a good education. Norbert will be happy to chat with you and explain his concept. A wonderful interior and a truly authentic Siamese dinner will make your visit memorable.

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