The end of August this year brought Ramadan with him. And along with it gave the Turkish population of Wrangel Kiez a festive feeling to the neighborhood. Especially in the evenings, when the Muslim eateries offered huge feasts for cheap prices. Ramadan Menu it’s called. And one of those evenings I sat with a friend in Unka Köftaburger where she ate their excellent Adana Kebab. The view was quite as Wrangel street mostly is in that time of the day – where all of a sudden we noticed loads of Turkish people going in and out of some building. They walked in empty-handed, and left with abundant of crispy bristle fresh-baked bread in their palms. Carefully we followed in till we encountered, in the back yard of the building, this door:
We just finished eating, and weren’t in the need for any bread at the moment. So I decided to come back later.
And later was a week ago. I had a morning fresh-bread-urge, and tried to go to the place. alas, it was closed. I came back at 15:00, but was told that it’s still a bit too early. Formally they open up at 17:00 – even that one can usually get fresh pastry there already at 16:00. It seem that they mostly spread their merchandise over Turkish grocery stores and eateries. However, if one passes by and ask to buy something – they won’t refuse to see. Who ever heard of a merchant refuses to sell his merchandise, ah?
I think that the selection changes on a daily and hourly basis. Depends on what just came out of the oven: this big Turkish flat bread, medium bread rolls or just flat pitas. When I arrived they just had those medium bread rolls – so I got two. One for my dinner, and another to share between my white-bread-haters roommates. It was warm and fresh – like a real bread should be. No complains there.
I got used to hidden pubs in Berlin. Or hidden clubs, cafes and restaurants. But a hidden backery is quite new for me. And I love that concept. Not just because their pastry is fresh – but also since I feel that I had to make an effort in order to get it. And nothing tastes better than a food well-earned.
Grade: 8/10. It’s losing points for not having bizarre products, and also for strange opening hours.
Name: Untek Bäckerei im Hof.
Address: Wrangel strasse 78 in the back yard. There is no sign visible from the street! the entrance to the building is through a red door, on the right to bizim bakkal grocery store (if you face the store).
Opening Hours: 17:00-somewhen.
Remark: Better than the same products in most grocery stores. Why? well, because they’re being made here and only then being shipped there. And in bread like in internet news, one hour old is too old.