I'm currently obsessed with the wakame salad at Sasaya in Prenzlauer Berg. It's perfect: slippery and chewy, with just the right balance of sweet and sour. There are even a few tiny shreds of hot pepper mixed in to hit the spot.
I had a quiet lunch there today, eavesdropping on a pair of middle-aged hipsters in hoodies and expensive jeans discussing apartment rents in Prenzlauer Berg and Pankow. "1500 for 120 square meters, that seems about right", one of them said. I wondered if they'd ever set foot in Steglitz or Spandau, or Charlottenburg for that matter.
The sushi was fine - the maki a little sloppily rolled - and just the right amount for lunch, though I forgot to ask them to replace the tamago with something else. I've basically decided that until I find another Japanese-run sushi restaurant, Sasaya's the only place I'll eat sushi at in Berlin. I just can't handle another Viet-Thai sushi joint where the shrimp taste like chlorine, among other indignities.
To remember for next time, the lunch menu had grilled mackerel with tsukemono and rice that sounded delicious.
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