The Tree is a beautiful Chinese restaurant near Rosenthaler Platz serving vegan Sichuan-style noodle dishes, soups, starters as well as desserts.
Contrary to most other Chinese restaurants – or rather diners – in Berlin, “The Tree” focuses on a cozy atmosphere as well as balanced noodle dishes.
The menu only lists about two handful of main dishes – a couple of which are vegan (some are not labeled “vegan” on the menu but can be prepared vegan, so please ask).
There are spicy noodles as well as even spicier noodles in addition to soups and desserts. Be aware that the Sichuan cuisine is based on spicy food. Even though dishes are somewhat adjusted to the average German level of acceptable spiciness, it might still be too much for some.
Mains include noodles in sesame paste with a variety of vegetables or soup with wheat or rice noodles with a selection of tofu, veggies, garlic, and sesame.
Besides mains, there is also a large focus on starters, almost all of which are plant-based. These include boiled soybeans, spicy salad with potato strips and lotus root, as well as filled tofu samosa or grilled smoked tofu with mushrooms.
Although we haven’t tried them yet, the desserts sound fantastic – from a vegan matcha tiramisu with tofu to a crystal cake with maple syrup. We’ll probably go back soon to try. 🙂
During the week, they offer a business lunch (Mon-Fri 12 – 3 pm) covering a main course and a free starter dish for 8 to 9 euros. Quite typical for Chinese restaurants, also the Tree takes a break in between lunch and dinner hours (they are closed Monday through Friday between 3 pm and 5:30 pm).
The friendly service and the astonishing interior make it a great place to escape the rush of Berlin Mitte (or any other district, for that matter).
The beautiful interior of The Tree is furnished with a bathtub (yes, a bathtub) literally filled with plants, dimmed lights and lots of natural wooden surfaces.
As there is not too much space inside – it fits about 20 to 25 people – make sure to reserve a table. In summer, there are table outside offering space for about 10 to 15 people
We recommend the”Kapok” noodles in sesame paste with avocado, veggies, and peanuts – a little spicy, but very delicious.
We visited “The Tree” in August 2017.
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