When the Chef is Away, the Sous Will Play!

Our head chef is currently taking a well-earned vacation in an undisclosed location for an undisclosed amount of time. However, in his stead he has given the reigns of the kitchen to his comrade, brother-in-arms, confidant, and closest advisor—his sous chef.

James—affectionately known in the back of the house as Jimbo—is, for the time being, the captain of our culinary ship, and this week he’s put together an admirable specials menu that’s a modest, yet telling reflection of his skill and creativity.

Using Nalu Diner’s Hawaiian roots as a starting point, Jimbo embraced our Pacific essence and then looked even further west across the ocean to come up with this week’s specials. Be sure to stop by for one of the following items. You’ll be glad you did!

Thai Delight Burger

€9.95

  • Our regular 180g beef patty glazed doused in a glaze of pineapple syrup and topped with a heaping portion of pickled red cabbage, charred, pineapple, and served with a bright lemongrass mayonnaise.
You simply have to Thai this burger out!

You simply have to Thai this burger out!

Seoul Burger

€9.25

  • 180g beef patty smothered in a tangy Korean BBQ sauce and topped with a mouthwateringly delicious Kimchi slaw that’s sure to leave you hankering for seconds.
A kimchi burger a day keeps the doctor away.

A kimchi burger a day keeps the doctor away.

Red Summer Slaw

€4.25

  • Scrumptious slaw made with red cabbage, red onion, red apples, and carrots that are most certainly not red! Suitable for vegans and meat eaters alike!

A colorful combination of vegetables that would leave even Bob Ross awestruck!

A colorful combination of vegetables that would leave even Bob Ross awestruck!

Let the Sunshine in or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Berlin Summer

Of the many wonderful things Berlin is reputed for, its climate certainly isn’t one of them. The long, drawn out winter is usually punctuated by a mild, pluvial spring that desperately craves attention, and refuses to share any of the seasonal spotlight with its close cousin, summer.

2017 has been no exception to this trend; however, thankfully, it appears we can finally bask in the warmth of August and make it through the weeks to come without enduring an endless downfall of rain. To mark the occasion, chef Nelson has concocted a special “let the sunshine in” menu to welcome the return of the sun gods.

Here’s to hoping that the remainder of summer will be warm, welcoming, and, as always, filled with good food and drink. Cheers!

Let-The-Sunshine-In Burger

€9.95

  • Our regular 180g home-made beef hamburger patty with the usual garnish of salad, tomato, and onion; also served with golden American cheese, a sunny side up egg, and specially made Nalu sunshine sauce.
Few toppings add as much depth of flavor to a burger as a sunny side up egg. Throw our bright, tangy sunshine sauce into the mix, and you've got a burger for the ages!

Few toppings add as much depth of flavor to a burger as a sunny side up egg. Throw our bright, tangy sunshine sauce into the mix, and you've got a burger for the ages!

Pancakes or French Toast with Caramelized Oranges

+€2.00

In the words of our chef: "To let the sun know that we love him, we offer up to Apollo golden caramelized oranges in his honor."

In the words of our chef: "To let the sun know that we love him, we offer up to Apollo golden caramelized oranges in his honor."

Homemade Gazpacho

Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

  • Chilled soup made with tomato, red pepper, and cucumber.
This summer staple is the definition of refreshing. Pair it with one of our natural white wines for a true treat!

This summer staple is the definition of refreshing. Pair it with one of our natural white wines for a true treat!

Help Wanted – All Irish (and Everyone Else) Need Apply!

Calling All Cooks!

As an American diner, we strive not only to serve a combination of both classic and newfangled North American Cuisine, but to do so in a restaurant that replicates the nuances of American culture. Simply put, we fancy ourselves a microcosm of the USA. And, just like the fifty states back home, we are a diverse population—from our patronage to our workforce—comprised of folks from all corners of the globe.

Therefore, as we continue our search for experienced line cooks, we’d just like to point out the fact that we’re eager to bring on board qualified people from a variety of backgrounds. A U.S. passport is not a prerequisite for employment at Nalu Diner. American cuisine, like the country it hails from, isn’t static; it’s everchanging, open to interpretation, and always waiting for the next stroke of genius—maybe from someone like you!

To prove our point, we’ve made a slight alteration to our beloved breakfast combo, Deuces Wild. The dish now comes with two tomato halves instead of slices—an homage to the classic English breakfast and a nod to the all-inclusive, international, borderless atmosphere of Nalu Diner.

Interested in working at Nalu? Please stop by to speak with our head chef or forward your CV to naludiner@gmail.com

Saying Goodbye and Hello to the Spice!

If you’ve eaten at Nalu Diner within the last few few years, chances are you’ve heard the gregarious laughter of our head chef echoing from the kitchen. He adores a good joke just as much as the next guy or gal. It’s no surprise, then, that over the last week, diners were treated to an extra helping of Nelson’s characteristic mirth thanks to one particularly newsworthy event: the resignation of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer—also affectionately referred to as Spicy or the Spice—had a short, but memorable career as President Trump’s (it’s still painful to see those two words side by side) spokesman. Whether he was distorting facts about crowd sizes, avoiding reporters by hiding in bushes, or stealing mini-fridges from junior White House employees, the Spice inadvertently provided us with several moments of comedic relief that were always welcome, if not outright necessary. To commemorate the Spice’s departure—and to thank him in some perverse way for his ridiculousness—we present you with this week’s specials, the star of which is the Sean Spicer burger!

Okay, only one of these items is relevant to Sean Spicer. The others are simply meant to please your palates!

Sean Spicer Burger

So Long and Thanks for All the Spice!

€8.75

  • Our regular cheeseburger with added hot sauce and jalapeños
Our classic, tried-and-true cheeseburger topped off with peppery jalapeños. For the record, despite the apparent lack of diners in this photo, it was taken at a time when Nalu was full of a record number of guests—period!

Our classic, tried-and-true cheeseburger topped off with peppery jalapeños. For the record, despite the apparent lack of diners in this photo, it was taken at a time when Nalu was full of a record number of guests—period!

Peanut M&M Pancakes

€6.75

  • Pancakes made with peanut M&M's
  • A simple, yet irresistible take on classic American flapjacks
They melt in your mouth, not on the skillet!

They melt in your mouth, not on the skillet!

Chickpea Salad

Small €4.00 / Large € 5.75

  • Refreshing, light salad made with chickpeas, onion, celery, and peppers
  • Also a great option for vegans
May we introduce you to the lighter side of Nalu Diner!

May we introduce you to the lighter side of Nalu Diner!

The French Election Happened: vive la france, vive l'antifascisme, vive le néolibéralisme!

Chef Nelson has once again found culinary inspiration in the world of power, politics and populism. What a treat for us that the presidential election last week was in a country with such a ridiculously good culinary tradition, not to mention that said country decided to vote as it did.  Our kitchen head has channeled this deliciousness, and these good vibes, into a very special suite of weekly specials.  Like the president-elect himself, Nelson has taken a path right down the middle...and the results are a landslide success.  Oh oui!  What we're talking about are some all-time "classiques français"! :

Croque Monsieur

French for "Mr. Crunch"!  

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Croque Madame

French for "Mrs. Crunch"!

€5.50 / €7.50

  • Toasted Gouda cheese and ham sandwich with Dijon mustard and topped with melted cheese.
  • Add eggs and make it a Croque Madame.

Our neighbors to the west have perfected the ham & cheese sandwich! Meanwhile in Germany, it's almost impossible to find these two ingredients put between two slices of bread at any normal bakery. Pourquoi?!

American Pancakes "Suzette"

€6.75

  • Like Crêpes Suzette but Nalu style
  • Typically French dessert sauce; butter, sugar, fruit (orange) and alcohol (Grand Marnier)
  • Pancakes in a great sauce, from the culture that invented the word "sauce".
Franco-Americanische Freundschaft!  Maybe Trump and Macron will also get along this well together.  Mais peut-être pas!

Franco-Americanische Freundschaft!  Maybe Trump and Macron will also get along this well together.  Mais peut-être pas!

Coq Au Vin avec Olive Oil & Thyme Mashed Potato

€11.95

  • Classic French casserole of chicken, red wine, mushrooms, carrot and onions
  • Served with flavored potatoes
  • Quantities are limited, come soon the get a taste of this treat...it's amazing, and goes together great with the Exorde "vin naturelle" that we always have on offer.

"L'ensemble Magnifique!": our limited-edition Coq au Vin with a the other French specials on this week's menu. All of them go great with "vin Naturelle" like the one that we have permanently on offer: a 2014 "Exorde", courtesy of Jean Francois at Le Goulot!

French Onion Soup

Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

  •  Vegan-friendly classic French soup.

Merci for reading, we're so grateful that we didn't have to give everything English names this week...it's tricky adapting our menu to current affairs, and here's hoping that we continue to be inspired by them as positively as can be.

Weekly (Monthly?!) Menu Update...Blueberry Pancakes Season is Here!

Apologies for the hiatus, it seems like it's been almost four weeks since the last time we posted something here.  With the introduction of our Vegan Menu (see below) we've had our hands pretty full; happily the uptake has been healthy, for the restaurant as well as for all our friends from the animal world! 
 

Blueberry Pancakes

€6.75

Anyway, the highlight of this week's menu is most certainly blueberry pancakes. Blueberries come to fruition right around the same time as asparagus stems start popping out of the ground, but taste much better when mixed into a batter and cooked up on a hot griddle!

  •   Made with plenty of juicy blueberries for a fresh and tangy taste
Make your breakfast even fresher and more tangy with a glass of our freshly-squeezed orange juice.  This week the oranges for some reason are a bit darker on the inside, and the orange juice is coming out especially flavorful these days, whatever the color.

Make your breakfast even fresher and more tangy with a glass of our freshly-squeezed orange juice.  This week the oranges for some reason are a bit darker on the inside, and the orange juice is coming out especially flavorful these days, whatever the color.

Carrot & Ginger Soup

Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

  • Vibrant vegan-friendly spring soup...satisfying, zesty, and friendly to everyone else as well!
A bowl of this week's soup together with this week's sandwich.  Try them with one of our great craft beers!  Just in is the "Sandy Pines" I.P.A. from Motel Beer.  Strong but very crisp and  drinkable even at 6.6% alcohol content, and extremely multli-layered in hoppy flavor...a beer for real beer geeks, made with "experimental" hops from Slovenia!

A bowl of this week's soup together with this week's sandwich.  Try them with one of our great craft beers!  Just in is the "Sandy Pines" I.P.A. from Motel Beer.  Strong but very crisp and  drinkable even at 6.6% alcohol content, and extremely multli-layered in hoppy flavor...a beer for real beer geeks, made with "experimental" hops from Slovenia!

Patty Melt Sandwich

American Cheese €8.75 / Gouda Cheese €9.25

  • Grilled burger patty sandwich with fried onions and melted cheese between two slices of our signature rye bread (made with fragrant carroway seeds).

NOT an April Fool's Joke: VEGAN-ize your Weekend @ Nalu Diner!

It's tricky and puzzling for us to introduce our new VEGAN MENU on this particular day, and it seems that no matter how emphatically it's stated that we are serious about this, there are those who won't really believe that we're for real.  But this is actually something that we've been working on for a while.  Yes, we've spent hours and hours down a rabbit hole of online forums, sweating it to learn some new culinary tricks and making various experiments with exotic seasonings, and have generally been tooling up for this paradigm shift. Inspiration came from our awesomely enthusiastic and entirely non-proselytizing vegan server, Yael. Production , and even more inspiration, is courtesy of Chef Nelson. Thanks guys!

VEGAN is VEGAN

Down to the nitty gritty: we've spent the last couple of weeks re-organizing our kitchen and buying some new equipment, all to ensure that when a meal is ordered vegan it will not encounter any animal products.  We purchased pans & utensils that have been specially designated to be used only for vegan meal preparation. We even bought a new fryer to make sure that no meat, egg or animal fats contaminate the oil used to cook your fries. No fooling around (really!), we're taking your vegan needs seriously. 

If you should doubt whether or not this is actually an elaborate April Fool's hoax, then you can either (A) come by today and taste for yourself or (B) wait until tomorrow...by which time you'll see that we're still there, happily serving up the same cornucopia of animal product-free diner favorites, long after the clock turns 12 and the April Fool's tomfoolery has come to an end. For real, we mean it.  No joke.

So, without further ado, here then are the new vegan offerings:

VEGAN Deuces Wild Breakfast Platter

€12.95

  • Featuring our very own Tofu Scramble that's been seasoned especially to taste, look and feel like actual scrambled eggs, giving you the closest thing you can get to a vegan diner breakfast experience.  
  • add berry sauce +€1.25
Good Morning!   A Vegan version of our Deuces Wild breakfast platter, teamed up with a freshly Aeropress-ed cup of Bonanza's "Sasaba" single estate coffee...from the Guji Zone of South Oromia, Ethiopa :D

Good Morning!   A Vegan version of our Deuces Wild breakfast platter, teamed up with a freshly Aeropress-ed cup of Bonanza's "Sasaba" single estate coffee...from the Guji Zone of South Oromia, Ethiopa :D

VEGAN Cheeseburger

€9.-

A vegan-ized version of our well-loved burger...meat eaters beware, you might even love this as much as a beef burger,depending on what you're in the mood for!  Vegan bun, vegan patty, and specially-sourced soy-based vegan cheese!

A 100% vegan burger, served with vegan fries - - ->  Goes great with Schoppe Bräu's "Flower Power" IPA. And now we have mini bottles of "Flying Goose Brand" sriracha on every table, which is also vegan, and is a great way to spice up whatever burger you might order.

A 100% vegan burger, served with vegan fries - - ->  Goes great with Schoppe Bräu's "Flower Power" IPA. And now we have mini bottles of "Flying Goose Brand" sriracha on every table, which is also vegan, and is a great way to spice up whatever burger you might order.

And There's More:

  • Weekly Vegan Soup Specials
  • Vegan Chili
  • Vegan Caeser's Salad
  • Vegan Avocado Toast with Vegan Cheese Melted on Top
  • Vegan Tofu Scramble, Pancakes, Hashbrowns and other stuff a la carte

...Come check it out, because this is not, we repeat again, not, an elaborate April Fool's Day joke.

SPRING is HERE ~ OSTARA LIVES

This last Monday marked the spring equinox, and yesterday Chef Nelson revealed to me that he's a Neopagan, wow! It came up because he was telling me about the specials menu, and his thematic move even further away from the banality of evil, from the material world's apparent narrowing of the collective psyche into shameless self interest.

A convergence of spiritual revelers celebrating the Spring Equinox on a beach near Tulum, Mexico.

A convergence of spiritual revelers celebrating the Spring Equinox on a beach near Tulum, Mexico.

The celebration of the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, is astrological in perspective, even. To pagans it's one of the most important days of the year.  Regardless of our faith or creed, we can feel an awakening energy at this time of year in our bodies and souls; a freshening of our senses, and the breath of new vitality into our daily/nightly lives.   It is a time of renewal and regeneration, and this week's specials menu can put us in touch with that feeling.

Equinox Burger

€9.25

  • A cheeseburger with a patty made from equal amounts of pork & beef in honour of equal amounts of sunlight and darkness, served with Gouda cheese, spring onions, sliced tomato & lettuce.
  • add Fries +€1.95 or Coleslaw +€2.50

Spring Chicken Stew

€9.25

  • Vibrant and hearty stew of chicken, potato, spring vegetables & pesto.

Vivacious warm soups with which to welcome spring, pictured with Flessa Bräu's lively Manadarina Lager, made with fresh Mandarina Bavaria hops. All are available to go, bring some along to go flower gazing, or to a pagan equinox festival!

Minted Pea Soup

Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

A positively effervescent celebration of minty-ness, and at the same time hearty & satisfying

"Ostara" Pancakes

Pancakes with fresh pieces of apple cooked into them,
topped with a honey lemon crème fraîche & powdered sugar

€2.50

Tangy and sweet, these pancakes are the perfect reward for having survived all those cold days, and long nights, of winter.  Try them with a bottomless cup of our light-roasted & organic house coffee!

Desserts of the Week:

Anna's Cinnamony Apple Pie €3.50

Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownie €2.50

Homemade Cinnamon Roll €2.50

Chocolate Chip Cookie €1.95

Ice Cream Sandwich €6.

----> Ice cream of your choice sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies