Fodor's Expert Review Cocolo
The most surprising thing about this very authentic-seeming ramen joint is the fact that the owner and chef is German, not Japanese. When it comes to the narrow, blink-and-you-miss-it Cocolo, Oliver Prestele has obviously got it right; the noodle kitchen is packed almost every night of the week and has gained a devoted following. Soups come with a variety of pork-based broths, like creamy tonkotsu, salty shio, or soy-based shoyu, along with flavorful toppings like tender pork or chicken, vegetables, bonito flakes, and an egg. The ramen is served in nubby clay bowls made by Prestele himself in his Wedding workshop. If you can't get a table at this tiny original location, there's a newer and larger outpost in Kreuzberg, at Paul-Linke-Ufer 39/40, which is also open for lunch.
Berlin, Berlin 10119, Germany