Jung Grün & Blau

by James Glazebrook

Jung Grün & Blau dining table

Don’t call it a supper clubJung Grün & Blau is something else entirely. The private dining experience is the brainchild of wunderkind chef Dylan Watson-Brown, who began cooking at the age of 14 in a French restaurant in his hometown of Vancouver. Still just 19, Dylan has already gathered experience from some of the world’s best restaurants, including RyuGin – a three-starred Michelin restaurant in Tokyo – Noma in Copenhagen and New York City’s Per Se, Daniel, and Eleven Madison Park. Dylan’s newest endeavour is less grand than those internationally-renowned kitchens, but no less admirable: to showcase the fresh flavours of seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, selected for taste, rather than to support some on-trend sustainability philosophy.

Jung Grün & Blau Dylan Watson-Brown

Dylan treated us to an epic 17 course meal, made up of small servings that combined no more than a handful of ingredients, and focused on bringing out the true taste of each. His dashi soup (the basis for miso) contained not much more than herbs grown in his apartment and carrots that were bursting with character – a shock for someone raised in the English tradition of boiling vegetables until they lose all colour and flavour. Zoë summed up the Jung Grün & Blau experience perfectly, as she whispered between mouthfuls of egg yolks and Japanese rice cracker, “it’s like I never tasted egg before!”

Jung Grün Blau dashi soup

It would be impossible to pick highlights from the carefully-sequenced, meticulously-prepared menu, as each dish was greater than the last, prompting 17 different notes-to-self: “this is the best thing I have ever eaten.” But our taste buds were particularly delighted by kid (baby goat) tartar – which tasted surprisingly similar to the juiciest parts of tuna fish – and the first cherries of the year, salted and sprinkled with a snow of goats cheese – a super-fresh ingredient which was also served separately with a drizzle of olive oil, produced by an ex-punk who raids the abandoned olive farms in southern Spain. Presented in handmade ceramics from Kreuzberg’s Mariannenstrasse and complemented by wines brought back from a recent trip around Germany, the fine food on offer at Jung Grün & Blau makes for an intimate and incredibly satisfying dining experience. Kudos to young Mr Watson-Brown and team!

Jung Grün & Blau kid

Jung Grün & Blau duck

Jung Grün & Blau herbs

Jung Grün & Blau egg cracker

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography.

Music Montag: Lōtic

by James Glazebrook


It feels like it’s been ages since Music Montag featured some real underground, dirty dance music… so herrrrrrre’s Lōtic! The Houston-born, Berlin-based DJ/producer releases experimental footwork and bass music on Brooklyn label Sci-Fi & Fantasy, some of which features on this harsh, hectic and frankly bonkers mixtape he recently put together for URB Magazine. Also below: his sick remixes of Missy Elliott and Rihanna! If you like the sound of all this, you can catch Lōtic DJing at Festaal Kreuzberg this Saturday, in support of Sick Girls and the king (queen?) of the NYC queer hip hop scene, Cakes Da Killa! FB event details here.

Saalfest with Cakes Da Killa

Boxhagener Platz Flea Market

by Zoë Noble

We’re slowly working our way through Berlin’s wonderful flea markets but, boy, are there a lot! Recently, we visited Boxhagener Platz in Friedrichshain, which we’d heard great things about. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint, with its great mixture of old nick-nacks, vintage furniture, punk wares and some fucking scary dolls (see pics)! On a much smaller scale than, say, Mauerpark, a trip to Boxi is short, but very sweet – we did one lap, scoping out the best sellers, before stopping off at one of the cute cafes across the Platz to watch people barter (terribly). Check out some of the weird and wonderful things they could have picked up!

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography.

Win 2 tickets to Berlin Atonal 2013: Forming Space

by James Glazebrook

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions] 

Berlin Atonal flyer

There’s no shortage of summer festivals in Germany, but few of them have the legendary status of Berlin Atonal. The festival for sonic and visual art, first held in SO36 in 1982, hosted innovative and experimental acts like Einstürzende Neubauten, Psychic TV and 808 State before closing in 1990, when founder Dimitri Hegemann went on to open the iconic club Tresor.

Back after a 23 year(!) hiatus, the 2013 edition of Berlin Atonal is relaunching with an intriguing theme, “Forming Space”, an exciting new venue – the labyrinth former industrial complex of Kraftwerk Berlin – and a jaw-dropping line up. The stunning six-day programme includes techno founding father Juan Atkins performing alongside Basic Channel’s Moritz von Oswald, überlin faves Brandt Brauer Frick and Francesco Tristano, as well as Kanding Ray, Raime, Actress and a host of other great artists. Tune into the acts on Last.fm, and scroll down for your chance to win 2 x one-day passes to Berlin Atonal 2013.

Kraftwerk Berlin


Want to win 2 passes to the day of your choice, at the Berlin Atonal 2013 festival? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Simply go to the Berlin Atonal website and tell us which day you would like to attend. We know it’s a difficult choice, but one worth making – because you and a friend could win the chance to catch the artists of your choosing!

You have until 6pm on Friday 6th July. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winners.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Saturday 7th July.

Music Montag: Schwarz Don’t Crack

by James Glazebrook

Schwarz Don't Crack by Dirk Oelmann

Schwarz Don’t Crack by Dirk Oelmann

We’re trying to avoid jinxing the weather by making more claims at having discovered the sound of Berlin summer, BUT: we’re totally digging the vibe of Schwarz Don’t Crack‘s Jan Hammer-sampling “Miami”: “there’s a place I long to be / on the shore, cobalt sea / do you want to come with me? / get away, head south for Miami winter…”

SDC are a German-New York duo producing deep, soulful electronic music carrying the promise of “RN’B realness” since back in 2011. They are teasing us with rumours of a first release on BPitch Control, and have just confirmed for this year’s MELT! Festival. If you can’t wait to hear more, listen to snippets of their tracks on their SoundCloud, and check out this nice little interview video: