Die Henne, Berlin

The best chicken in Berlin?

Located a mere 15 feet from remains of the Berlin wall, Henne Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus, or Die Henne as it is known, has seen it all, she’s been here for over 100 years serving fried chicken and rye bread to everyone from locals to tourists, including JFK – there’s even a signed photograph of him at the bar.

Henne Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus is within walking distance of Kottbusser Tor U-Bahn station and Moritzplatz and is located within a quiet residential area.

This was our second visit to Die Henne. On our first visit, the beer garden was full, luckily we snagged a table inside. If you really want to go reserve a table.

Inside it wasn’t exactly what you expect to find in Berlin – it was like stepping into a Scottish baronial home, creaky leather seats, tartan tablecloths, and armoury lining the walls. With the weather being as it was, we sat outside in their beer garden.

As you can see the food menu is very limited. The question is, do you want salad or sausage with your chicken?

Some drinks prices

We ordered some beer (of course), and chicken (of course) with potato salad.

A Berliner Kindl with raspberry syrup, a Schultheiss and Weihenstephener Kellerbier. He also had a Fränkisches Landbier Since Mark had two beers, I also had a cheeky Riesling. Well it would have been rude just to sit there drink free!

We tucked in as soon as it arrived. I’m normally not a big fan of chicken skin but devoured this. It was crisp like duck skin, not overly fatty and delicious on a slice of bread. The meat inside was moist and tender. Perfect with a beer.

We have enjoyed both our visits to Die Henne and we understand why it has been here so long – a limited menu which they have perfected and stuck to. Here’s to our next visit.

€69.20 for three chicken, three potato salads, 4 beers and one wine.

Where

Henne Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus, Leuschnerdamm 25, Berlin (Kreuzberg)

Hours

Tuesdays-Sundays from 5 pm until 10 pm

Closed Mondays

Telephone table reservations from 5 pm

Phone 030 – 614 77 30(Reservations cannot be made by e-mail)

You can reserve online on their website.

Transport

Subway U1: Station Kottbusser Tor

Subway U8: Moritzplatz station

Bus M29: Station Oranienplatz

Bus 140: Station Waldemarstr./Adalbertstr

Bus 147: Station Heinrich-Heine-Platz

Emma

Emma

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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