A year ago when I moved to Berlin, my ex-boyfriend had an idea: let’s eat döner every Tuesday. Let’s have a Döner Dienstag! I smiled and I was in. What a great excuse to eat fast food every week. And for God’s sake, we had just moved into the döner capital of the world! So yes, I was definitely in. As a vegetarian, I also wanted to see what the veggie döners had to offer.
He quit the tradition after some months, but I kept it going the whole year. There were a few times that I was out of the country and couldn’t have my döner, but I also ate many döners that I didn’t label under the hashtag #dönerdienstag, (because I did it on some other day) so my conscience is clean.
And what does a veggie döner mean? Bread and salad?
Well, the best ones (see the list below) had soft, a bit chewy bread that has been grilled for a while to have the nice crispy crust. Then there are the sauces: hot, garlic and yogurt-herb. Then the salads; usually you’ll get a mixture of green salads and one a bit vinegary salad made of red cabbage. Next comes cucumber, tomato, onion, fresh mint and parsley, pinches of sumac and chili. On top some crumbled feta cheese that has been seasoned with dill plus fried, seasoned vegetables, like zucchini, eggplant, potato and onions. In some occasions also seitan kebap, halloumi or falafels could appear. A good squeeze of lemon to finish the creation. M-m-mmm.
Here they are, the official dönerdienstag-döners. In the order as I ate them.
(Disclaimer: some of the photos are really crappy cause I had no intention to publish them as I started)
I never paid over 3 euros. Only twice I was disappointed (do not go into Imren Grill for a veggie döner, it’s all about meat). I went back to places, which I really liked.
Here’s my TOP 5 veggie döner places in Berlin:
1. T’unas Gemüse Kebap, Kreuzberg
2. Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, Kreuzberg
3. Favorit Gemüse Kebap, Moabit
4. Vöner, Friedrichshain
5. K’UPS Gemüse Kebap, Prenzlauer Berg