The House of Small Wonder is a staple on the café scene of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In fact, its breakfast, lunch and pastries are so popular that the owners, Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies, decided to open a second location last December.
But instead of another location in Brooklyn, House of Small Wonder jumped over the pond and opened up shop in Berlin. The cafe is located right next to Friedrichstadtpalast on the first floor of a rather nondescript building. But once you climb up the metal staircase, you’ll feel right at home.
Just like the Brooklyn location, the Berlin branch oozes calm, with lots of light coming in through the big windows, colorful furniture and plants everywhere.
The menu is mostly the same as in Brooklyn, while adding a few new local items. There are numerous Japanese influences: comfort food with organic, local ingredients, freshly prepared with Japanese flavors whenever possible. Think poached eggs with Wasabi mayo, shiso and bacon waffles, or ginger sesame pancakes. The homemade bread, croissants (with almonds, banana, or Nutella!) and pastries are all freshly baked throughout the day. And the Japanese tea here is amazing!
Next month, Zenkichi, a modern Japanese brasserie is slated to open in the basement.
House of Small Wonder // Johannisstr. 20 // Berlin // Mo-Fr 9am-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-4pm // website
Images // Stefan Kühne (5)