Where the Communist Party had planned the revolution about a hundred years ago, a revolutionary idea for a 21st century restaurant just became reality – invented by celeb Berlin club owner Heinz Gindullis and Europe’s largest software producer SAP. Delicious regional food with plenty of fresh vegetables plus a stylish atmosphere in a backyard next to Berlin’s most popular art nouveau blocks, the Hackesche Höfe. While chef Alexander Brosin used to work for one of the best restaurants in town his dishes are now being served in a kind of slot-machine. Only, there are neither coins nor slots nowadays. After all, we live in the digital era.
At Data Kitchen, you order your meal online beforehand, via app or on their website. Choose a menu, specify the time you like to eat and pay via credit card or PayPal. That’s all it needs. When you arrive at the restaurant in due course, your meal will be waiting for you in the food wall, freshly prepared and steaming hot. Your food box lights up and miraculously your name appears on the window pane. Tap a button in your app and the box opens so you can take out your plate and cutlery – nicely arranged on a silver tray, as if you were aboard a spaceship. What might sound a little technical here is actually a lot of fun. And if you have a question or problem – there are also real waiters around who love to introduce you to the concept.
Data Kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch, and it features a beautiful large patio. On a warm sunny day the perfect place to enjoy either. Mind you, breakfast in Berlin Mitte is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And make sure to take some extra time for the Data Lab next door. A small room with big screens and an interactive table, perfect tools to create new ideas, concepts or campaigns based on words, pictures, drawings and mental associations. It’s really amazing! If you plan a creative session with friends or colleagues, you can exclusively book the Lab for a couple of hours. Food for thought has never been taken so literally.