Thanksgiving Dinner at the Diner, on Thursday, Nov. 23rd

Hi Folks,

just writing to remind you all that it's only "T" minus 12 days till Thanksgiving! There are still some places left for the 7:30pm buffet, and some more for the 5:00pm serving as well. For more information check out our event page on Facebook, and don't forget to contact us at naludiner@gmail.com, and not via Facebook, if you'd like to reserve a place!

https://www.facebook.com/events/185073922060487/

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Droppin' Hot Beets!

When it comes to seasonal produce, almost nothing is as ubiquitous and popular as pumpkin is during the autumn. It decisively squashes (pun most certainly intended) all its culinary competitors, and effortlessly makes its way to the forefront of menus, billboards, Instagram feeds, produce stands, and household shopping lists. Why? Well, we’re not quite sure. And, to be honest, we’ll eventually get around to making our own pumpkin menu. Just wait until October. For the time being, however, we’re going to champion the cause of another fall time favorite: the beet.

Our sous chef James is once again the creative force behind this week’s specials menu. His imagination has been hard at work coming up with a handful of clever and delicious ways to incorporate the almighty beet into our usual American fare. Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese and Pickled Beets Sandwich

American Cheese €4.45 / Gouda Cheese €4.95

  • A grilled cheese sandwich with pickled beetroot cooked into it.
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Beet Pancakes

€6.75 / +€3.50 on Breakfast Combo / +€2 on Deuces Wild

  • Pink Pancakes! Bright pink beetroot infused pancakes served with butter and cinnamon syrup.
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Fennel & Beetroot Slaw

€4.25

  • Salad of red beets, red cabbage, and fennel with a sour cream dressing.

Grandma Webster's Beetroot Soup

Small €4.25 / Large €5.95

  • . Made with red beets, ginger, and coconut milk. Vegan friendly
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Not featured, but also available this week: 

  • Our regular 180g beef patty with house pickled beetroot, caramelized onion, and Gouda cheese; served as usual on our signature burger bun with lettuce, onion and tomato.

 

Bangers, Mash, and the Special Relationship

For those who don’t already know, the “special relationship” is a term commonly used to describe the longstanding alliance between the United States and Great Britain. It was coined in a 1946 speech by Winston Churchill, and is often used when referring to shared political diplomatic, and military ventures.

At Nalu, the “special relationship” has a slightly different connotation. We think it’s most appropriately used to describe the magic that happens when an American-owned restaurant in Europe is staffed by one or more British citizens. The melding of transcultural biographies, personalities, and worldviews gives birth to something unique, something truly ineffable. Something you must be at Nalu to experience.

Have we piqued your interest? Then take some time out of your busy schedule this weekend to drop by the diner and treat yourself to a plate full of bangers and mash—a British comfort food classic. Warming English fare served in an even warmer American setting: few things embody the “special relationship” quite like this.

Bangers & Mash

€8.95

  • Bratwurstchen slow-cooked in dark beer and onion gravy, served with mashed potatoes and buttered spinach. Designed to ease you into the fall season.
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Mama Mia, That's a Spicy Meatball!

With the first day of autumn just around the corner, some are preparing by unpacking their fall and winter wardrobes. We, on the other hand, are preparing by shifting our sights from light and seasonal summer fare to warming, comforting fall fare.

It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is that makes cuisine this time of year so special. Perhaps it’s the reintroduction of old favorites after a year-long break, or the knowledge that these dishes are literally an indispensable aid in fending off the bone-chilling cold. There’s also a certain charm about the ease with which one can imagine autumnal meals—braised meats, squash stews, apple pies, and ales—having a rightful place on our own dining room tables or in the halls of medieval kings of yore. These meals are timeless, tested, and true.

To get you in the mood, we’re offering the following items on our weekly specials menu:

Italian Meatball Sub

€9.95

  • Slightly spicy Italian-style meatballs slow cooked in a tomato sauce and served in a hoagie roll with fresh basil leaves.
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BBQ Bacon Onion Ring Burger

€11.95

  • 180g beef burger patty with cheese, two strips of bacon, deep-fried onion rings, and homemade bourbon BBQ sauce, also comes with fresh lettuce, onion, tomato.
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Celery Root and Potato Soup

Small €4.25 / Large €5.95

  • You guessed it: a warming soup made with celery root and potatoes. 
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Proust and Grape Soda

Aside from its ability to nourish the body, food also possesses the power to nourish the mind—particularly the memory. This phenomenon was immortalized in Marcel Proust’s seminal novel Remembrance of Things Past, in which the narrator triggers dormant memories and feelings upon eating a petite madeleine (small French sponge cake). 


Had Proust been American, it’s conceivable that the memory-inducing madeleine might have been a can of Welch’s Grape Soda instead of a tea-time confection. We can’t speak for everyone, but to many American children, a can of soda (also called pop depending on where you’re from) is a magical thing. The bright, decorative colors adorning the can; the instantly recognizable pop sound that’s made when pulling back the tab; the sweet, sugary, carbonated nectar within that tickles every corner of the inside of your mouth. It’s not hard to see why, through the eyes of a child, this beverage is alluring. 

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However, as we all know, every adult carries within traces of their former childhood selves. And this is one reason why we import soda cans from the USA to Berlin—to provide you with the opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane and revel in a relic of your past.

Currently available cans: Mountain Dew, Mello Yello, Cherry Coke, Mug Root Beer, Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda, Blue Sky Soda, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, and Welch’s Grape Soda. So, go ahead and stop on by. We’ll be serving memories morning, noon, and night!

From Romania to America: The Journey of Pastrami

As an American diner in Berlin, sometimes we incorrectly assume that our patrons are always familiar not only with our menu items, but also the context surrounding them. Point in case: when reading over this week’s specials, it occurred to us that we’ve been serving pastrami sandwiches for a couple of years now. But does everyone have the same understanding of what that is? Surely to some guests, pastrami is nothing more than a menu option, a collection of letters upon a page. To illuminate the topic, here’s a brief background on the delicacy that is the pastrami sandwich.

Pastrami—a cut of beef that is brined, rubbed with spices, and then smoked or slow-cooked—was brought to the US by Romanian Jewish immigrants in the late 19th century. Whereas they originally used inexpensive goose breast to make pastrami, the immigrants switched to beef navel (stomach) as it was much cheaper in the US.

Pastrami from the infamous Katz's Deli in New York City.  Source: http://www.katzsdelicatessen.com

Pastrami from the infamous Katz's Deli in New York City. 

Source: http://www.katzsdelicatessen.com

A kosher butcher by the name of Sussman Volk is credited with making the first pastrami sandwich in the states. As the story goes, he received a recipe for pastrami in exchange for storing luggage for a friend. He started to make pastrami sandwiches in his shop and they became wildly popular.

Today, pastrami sandwiches are still a staple of Jewish delis and diners across the country—each establishment adding their own special touch.

This week, in honor of pastrami, the main feature on our specials menu is the pastrami amore burger. In the words of our chef, it is “a love affair between our homemade pastrami and our signature beef patty, topped with American cheese, grilled onions, and sliced pickles.”

Pastrami Amore Burger

€11.95

Pastrami and burger: an epic culinary collaboration. 

Pastrami and burger: an epic culinary collaboration. 

Also on the menu this week: bacon & beef mac ‘n cheese, caramelized onion & herb butter mac ‘n cheese, French onion soup, and pancakes or French toast topped with peach and apricot compote.

The Democratic Underpinnings of Bourbon Whiskey

There are few things in this world as uniquely American as bourbon whiskey. Of course, by law, only whiskeys distilled in the USA—the best coming from Kentucky, in our humble opinion—can sport the bourbon label. But that isn’t what gives this spirit its distinctly American character. What does is the fact that for most of our country’s history, this treasured drink has kept a place in the homes of myriad men and women, from coal miners to congressman. It is a modest luxury, infused with a charming sense of American humility, made for folks from all walks of life. It is America.

To celebrate this culinary national heirloom, several of our cooks put their minds together and crafted a menu devoted to bourbon. It lends a beautiful depth of flavor to foods both savory and sweet. But don’t take our word for it, stop by the diner to find out for yourself.

Please note, not featured below, but also available as specials: pulled pork cheese fries, bourbon milkshake, and a shot of Bulleit Bourbon served neat!

Bourbon County Burger

€9.95

  • 180g beef patty topped with American cheese, crispy bacon, a deep-fried hash brown, and bourbon BBQ sauce 
This burger features the BEST BBQ sauce this side of the Mississippi. 

This burger features the BEST BBQ sauce this side of the Mississippi. 

 Bluegrass Toastie 

€9.95

  • Slow-cooked pulled pork, bourbon BBQ sauce, and gouda cheese sandwiched between two thick-cut slices of bread and toasted to perfection

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Appalachian Slaw

€4.75

  • Shredded pumpkin, radish, celery root, and beets tossed in a lemon yogurt sauce
 A match made in heaven.

 A match made in heaven.

Pancakes and French Toast Special

€6.25

  • Top off any regular order of French toast or pancakes with caramelized popcorn and chocolate bourbon sauce
One taste of this delicious chocolate bourbon sauce and you'll be ready to order seconds before you finish!

One taste of this delicious chocolate bourbon sauce and you'll be ready to order seconds before you finish!

Uncle Nat's Bourbon Meringue

€3.00

  • A bourbon swirl meringue topped off with whipped cream and chocolate flakes

Light, airy, heavenly meringue perfection!

Light, airy, heavenly meringue perfection!

Whiskey Sour

€6.00

  • Classic cocktail made with whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar
The perfect way to end the day!

The perfect way to end the day!

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!