Discover Germany, Issue 81, December 2019

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Get a taste of the coast A salty breeze, sea views and fabulous fresh fish and seafood – that describes the ultimate holiday feeling for a lot of us. The two cousins Adrian Budack and Krisztian Soha are no exceptions. Their Fish & Seafood Bar Seaside brings a delicious piece of the coast to the capital. Nordic freshness meets Californian cool with a fish market twist – and all of it right in the middle of Berlin. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE  I  PHOTOS: FISH & SEAFOOD BAR SEASIDE

Since their childhood, Adrian Budack and Krisztian Soha had dreamed of developing a project together and living in the same city. One cousin grew up in Berlin, the other in Budapest, and they mostly saw each other during holidays. “When we were kids, we often went on family vacations together,” Krisztian remembers fondly.“We spent a lot of time at the seaside and even back then we loved the tasty fish and seafood fresh off the boat there.” Adrian adds: “When we tried to come up with a business idea to finally realise our childhood dream, we knew very quickly what we would love to do. We wanted to 82  |  Issue 81  |  December 2019

bring that coastal feeling, the freshness, the tasty food, the salty air, the holiday vibes and the sea to the big city.” In order to capture that spirit of a seaside restaurant offering high-quality cuisine right in Berlin, the two cousins rely on a daily changing selection of fish and seafood, dependent on the ‘catch of the day’. The fresh-fish counter made of fine marble frames the show kitchen and is the heart of the restaurant. After getting some expert advice right there, you can choose which fish and seafood you’d like to be freshly prepared. The fish comes mainly from northern waters in Europe, but some is also from south-

ern parts, such as the Portuguese coast. Freshwater fish, meanwhile, is sourced from regional fish farms. Environmental protection is an important aspect for the two cousins, who don’t just focus on top quality but also pay attention to sustainable catching and breeding conditions. Many guests find it hard to choose from the incredible range and often try a little bit of everything. But the founders have their personal favourites: Adrian loves king crab and octopus salad while Krisztian prefers monkfish and sturgeon. However, an insider’s tip is the lobster soup. Regarding the taste, it’s best described as a transformation of the classic French lobster bisque with a special seaside touch. Guests regularly praise it as one of the best lobster soups they’ve ever tasted. So, it sounds like there’s only one thing for it: take a visit there and treat yourself to a taste!