BERLIN, Germany – For quite a while now, Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap has been a cult favourite in Berlin. Almost every traveller or foodie who stops by this city adds it to their list of must-tries.
This, despite the 20 minute line. And that’s a positive estimate, by the way. We tried the popular döner ourselves to see what the fuss is all about, and to tell you whether it’s worth lining up for.
The famous döner stand is right by the U-bahn station, Mehringdamm‘s exit. As soon as you emerge from the underground, you’ll be greeted by the smell of spiced meat, followed by a line of waiting customers.
It’s not the only thing this stall is selling, but people are lining up for the Hähnchen Döner mit Gemüse (Chicken Döner with Vegetables). When you finally arrive at the counter, take a moment to congratulate yourself for having the patience to wait. Then, marvel at the colourful salad selection and the sauces as your mouth waters, and one of the guys asks you what you want.
Kräuter (herb), Knoblauch (garlic), and Scharf (a little spicy) are the choice for sauces. We suggest you ask for all three and let them go wild piling your crispy on-the-outside, soft-and-warm-on the-inside pita bread with all the veggies they have.
The usual salad mix with tomatoes and onions gets an added oomph through a couple of grilled potato wedges, and a couple of other veggies like paprika and carrots.
Mustafa’s prides itself on a mystery sauce that some say is the secret to their döner’s success. However, there are also a couple of extra things that, when added to this sauce, make it a little more special than the average Berlin döner. A bit of lemon juice is freshly squeezed onto the döner right in front of you. You also get a sprinkle of crumbly, feta cheese.
So, with that said, is Mustafa’s döner worth the wait? We’ve heard of people who have stood in line for over an hour. And here at The Binge, we’d gladly do it for a great döner. If you have a lot of time to spend in Berlin, we would highly recommend it. However, if you’re only passing through with limited time on your hands, it would be best to skip this joint.
That is, unless you’re popping by around one in the morning when the wait time is relatively short. This döner also makes a great snack after getting your fill in one of Berlin’s beer joints.
Another thing is that there is no place to sit and enjoy your döner. So, we recommend buying drinks elsewhere. Mehringdamm has quite a number of cafés and restaurants, even gelato places. Grab a seat, order something from the establishment, and enjoy your döner while trying to make sure none of the veggies dresses your clothing instead. Between you and us here at The Binge, it goes really well with a vanilla milkshake.
- The flavourful döner meat
- The unique grilled veggie selection it comes with
- The line. If you have little time in Berlin, better spend it doing something worthwhile than standing in line
Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap
Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin
Hours: 10AM-2AM, daily
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