Partying and food are rarely a successful pas de deux. It’s virtually impossible to find good food in party hubs like the RAW area, specially in the evening, when all the nice cafés in Friedrichshain are already closed. Luckily, next to Berlin’s infamous Ballermann, just a few steps away from the S-Bahn Station Warschauer Strasse, the kung fu fighter Luan serves one of the best pho of Berlin at his restaurant Fire Tiger.
We had the pleasure to get to know Luan and check out his vietnamese restaurant. Tucked away between not too inviting bars and restaurants, we experienced delicious Asian food and drinks that achieves a great value for money!
First, the drinks: the banana lassi and the pineapple mint shake were amazing! Pineapple and mint get along very well and are the perfect mix of sweetness and freshness.
The waiting for the main dishes was shortened by the amazing smell of the pho that quickly came to our table. The smell was not a false promise and we were instantly wowed. The bouillon, with its taste and perfectly balanced aroma, was unbelievably satisfying. And that’s not for nothing: the broth simmers over 9 hours (!), making all spices properly immerse into it. We needed to check the menu twice, as we couldn’t believe that the delicious pho costed merely 5,90 euros!
Although we would already return just to have the pho again, we can also recommend the rest of the dishes we tried, especially considering the price/value ratio. From the king prawns on beef strips to the Saigon curry, with grilled duck, everything was great! Also, the spring rolls, prepared following a family recipe, should not be missed. Their vegetarian variation stood out for us!
There is definitely another reason for hanging out around the RAW area, other than drinks and party. Fire Tiger is a sort of hidden gem and a must-go for all pho lovers. We will definitely return, especially to check out the new grill dishes to be launched soon!
Revaler Str. 7, 10245 Berlin
This article was written by Max Tschöpe after an invitation by Fire Tiger and edited by Domingos Ruiz Lepores.