A Greek Trilogy in Berlin, Sat 14 April 2012
As you all know, there has been a bit of antagonism between Greece and Germany recently due to the differences between the way each country likes to do fiscal management of their economies. However, this is no reason to think that all Greeks are insolvent or mathematically-challenged - one must never forget that the Greeks invented algebra so one would hope that they can one day solve the inherent problems with their somewhat unorthodox economic maths. Also, it is not at all a reason to miss out on an interesting evening at the only dining place I know in Berlin with over 60 open bottles of wines so that one can sample a wide range of wines at a pretty low cost. Unsurprisingly, it is run by a self-confessed wine boffin and the place also does an interesting variation on tapas - and what's more, it is highly inexpensive to boot. I am sure one can have a good dinner here for rather less than 30 Euro per person, including drinks.
So it is time that we get to grips with the 3 elements of (1) philosophy (or simple chit-chat if you prefer), (2) wine and (3) food that convinced us that Taverna Trilogie is a worthwhile place for the April dinner. The address is Motzstrasse 45, 10777 Berlin and the website is on http://www.taverna-trilogie.de if you want to check out the many inexpensive Greek tapas and dinner options. The website does not indicate the open wines, which apparently gets rotated around but I have had a Greek brandy or two in my time and they are not at all bad as a degustif.
So if you are interested in an unusual Greek night out, please do let me know asap and by 10 April latest. The lucky ones who make the list will get a reply very soon afterwards. This is not an expensive night out and who knows? It might be the start of a a bridge between the two countries - after all, I seldom have a bad word to say about anyone after a good dinner and a bottle or two of the right stuff.
Sylvia (+ Chris)
How it went on the night...
Overall, it was a pretty good dinner and the wines were a really pleasant surprise. I have to finally admit that the Greek wines are not as bad as their dire reputation. Someone even suggested that they must have switched the labels with some nice French wines. The waitress made some good recommendations so we could sample a few different reds. The service was perfect and the food tasted better than in all the other Greek restaurants I have been to in the past. Also the atmosphere in the restaurant is quite nice with lots of displayed bottles of wines showing that they are quite seriously into wines. Also some Greek musicans were playing the guitar around the place and they made this Greek experience rather pleasant and unusual.