We have a confession to make: we often choose our brunch spots based on their names (case in point: Suicide Sue). Since we love our aunts, a place called „Aunt Benny“ naturally appealed to us. And we’re happy to report that „Benny“ (who’s not an actual person as far as we know..) is now just as beloved as our blood­related aunts.

Aunt Benny is a good place for brunch. It’s a compact and cosy space with small green wooden tables and one big wooden table for groups, families or friendly strangers. The menu is written on a dark wall panel that hangs above the display counter. It’s self service, so don’t be shy and just stand in line and order your food.

We went for the weekend brunches, one veggie and one vegan, which were both a delight. With no less than 7 (!!) types of cheese, 4 sorts of bread including an olive one, onion jam, dried tomatoes, artichoke, olives and loads more – we were all ready to explode. All this, for a very reasonable 8 Euros per brunch.

The button line: You made us smile, Aunt Benny. We’ll come to visit again soon

The plate test: we left behind squeaky­clean plates

Crowd: young, social and Friedrichshain­style hipsters. Full at all times

Soundtrack: too noisy to hear

Kids: Yes. Yes

Pets: Yes

Service: Up to you. Self service

Price: 8 Euro for the weekend brunch

Aunt Benny

http://auntbenny.com/

Oderstrasse 7 / Enter: Jessnerstrasse, Berlin

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Everything is white at Schneeweiss. The walls, the leather sofas, the tables, the waitresses blouses, the table cloths and the dishes. It’s comprised of two spacious sitting areas inside, plus outside tables on the street corner for the occasional sunny day. Quite music playing in the background. Everything exudes white, peaceful sterility.

It’s all about the presentation, so they say, and Schneeweiss is the perfect example. Everything is styled to perfection, everything looks like a million dollars: On the bar there’s a machine that dispenses several kinds of jam into small ice cones; Salads and antipasti come in personal glass jars; The meat section is diverse and tempting, even for veggies such as ourselves.

Lucky for us, and you, the food is very much up to standard with the design. The buffet has everything: meats, cheese, breads, spinach roll, potato gratin, egg salad, chicken salad and much more. “The best brunch yet”, said one of us. “The most beautiful place”, added another. The most expensive brunch yet, showed the check in the end. 13.5 Euros, without drinks.

Price: 13.5 for the brunch. 5 Euros for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. 5!

Music: quiet. In the background

Kids: none that we saw

Aesthetic experience: you bet

The plate test: we left them sparkling white

Schneeweiss

http://www.schneeweiss-berlin.de/

Simplonstraße 16, Berlin

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