OhLaLa V Tartes Cafe is located in the Friedrichschain kiez of Berlin. Two blocks from my favourite Saturday Farmers market on Boxhagener Strasse (wonderful seasonal produce, a great place to gather AND the only place I found fresh, bio organic kale).
The cafe is owned by an artfully tattooed, Parisian pastry chef, Clarissa Orsini. It began as a non-vegan cafe, serving quiches and crepes, and started offering a fully vegan, Saturday brunch, in 2011. The cozy, pink-themed cafe has minimal seating inside, and pavement dining with few tables outside so you can enjoy the sun. It’s an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs busy preparing the food to replenish the counter with breakfast items.
Everything is so dainty. So French. Tiny morsels to devour slowly.
I didn’t go on the once a month gluten free day, but I still had plenty of choice. Polenta cakes with sun dried tomato tapinade. Roasted squash, gazpacio soup in pretty little ramekin. Fresh green salad with strawberries and flaked almonds. Raw Zucchini pasta with marinara sauce (best I’ve ever eaten). Smoked tofu. I was irked that the soy based fricassee was NOT gluten free (they use soy sauce with wheat, which is surprising…just as easy these days to use tamari), it looked so good. On the day I visited they had plates of muffins with a swirl of vegan cream atop, crepes and croissants too. Sadly not gluten free.
If you tell them you are gluten free they will give you some rice cakes too if you like. I spooned over mounds of apricot jam on mine as a sweet end to brunch.
Their gluten free vegan brunch is the last Saturday of the month (check in the summer as they may be away for summer break)
The rest of the week the cafe offers quiche, stews and tarts a la Francais. Some of which are gluten free. The staff are very knowledgeable on what contains gluten and, thankfully, some speak English, so do ask.
I recommend you reserve in advance. Also, if you can be strong willed, walk past the sweet items and try the salads, ratatouille and stews first or you’ll never reach them!
ohlala had a lovely atmosphere. The air was being littered with beautiful French language. Lots of ‘merci beau coups’ passing around. agréable!
Photos fail to capture these two amuse bouche desserts, best sides. Chocolate mousse and creamy rice pudding, served on a white spoon and in a tiny little cup. I had three helpings.