What a lovely dinner to start 2016! Our friends, Alex and Chika, had discovered this newly-opened Japanese eatery a few weeks ago and raved about their experience here; a revisit with them both, their kids and Chika’s mother on New Year’s Day seemed like a good idea. It was a great idea to go, it really was exceptionally good. I had a similar reaction eating at Gastronomie Kumami as I had at Berlin’s Eins 44 and Helsinki’s Chef & Sommelier; the food was a delight, with great service and lovely people.
Gastronomie Kumami is located in the charming Altstadt Köpenick, in southeast Berlin. It’s quite far from the city centre, and well worth the trek! It’s owned and run by husband-and-wife team, Kuma and Kumi (= Kumami); Kuma is an architect and furniture designer from Fukuoka, and had lived in Kyoto prior to coming to Berlin. The space and furniture are all his designs, and his food are as well thought through and exquisite as his designs.
Gastronomie Kumami accommodates up to 8 diners a night, making it an intimate experience. The seats are bar-style, all in a row facing the bar and kitchen area. A beautiful wood table top, parted by a river of walnuts and wine corks that demarcates the serving half and the eating half. We had a 5-course tasting menu for 43€. The à la carte menu was enticing too, so we ordered the salt-based trout to share. My favourite dishes were the chawan-mushi-style scallops with silken egg tofu, the salt-baked trout and the wild boar. The wild boar was tender and I love love love the yuzukosho that came with it.
Definitely one to watch! Like Alex and Chika, I’ll be looking for any excuse to return and eat here.
Happy 2016, everyone! May it be a happy, healthy and delicious year : )