Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant, Berlin, Catering, Cakes, Wedding – Restaurant Review

From the series: Europe is Hot, Berlin is on Fire

What do Canadian Food, the city of Berlin, a mid 19th century house, Weddings, Catering, Cakes and Coffee have in common? The Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant; I had the opportunity to visit and following is my review. Guten Appetit!
Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant and Catering. Front Entrance
Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant and Catering. Front Entrance

Cafe Lehmsofa *****
Canadian Food, Seasonal Menu, Catering, Wedding Parties
Opening Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday. Open Wednesday to Friday – Noon to 6pm / 12 Uhr – 18 Uhr, Saturday & Sunday – Noon to 7pm / 12 Uhr – 19 Uhr.
Address: Dorfstrasse 4, 13057, Berlin-Falkenberg
Tel: 030 930 22874, 0160 590 1918  Contact:  Lynn Densmore, Website

Although in the big city of Berlin, the Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant, in the borough of Falkenberg, seems like another world.  Falkenberg itself, a village from the 19th century, is now a charming district without the hustle and bustle and high rises of central Berlin. The Cafe is home in the monument Gutsarbeiterhaus, a building which housed the workers of Count von Arnim. Hiking and cycling trails come right to the backdoor!

Bike Parking. Lehmsofa Cafe, Berlin
Bike Parking. Lehmsofa Cafe, Berlin

The owner, Canadian Lynn Densmore is a very busy lady; in addition to managing her afternoon restaurant, she and her team have a full catering service, bake beautiful wedding / celebration cakes and host complete wedding parties in house.  Her food is self proclaimed Canadian; all dishes are made from scratch with seasonal ingredients whenever possible, therefore the menu is continuously changing. We went for a Sunday drive to find out what this busy sounding place is all about.

Cozy Interior, Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant, Berlin
Cozy Interior, Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant, Berlin

My first impression as we drove up was the how beautiful the charming old house looked.  Red brick, green shutters and ample colourful gardens created a charming, relaxed, inviting feeling.  At the entrance a big blackboard list teased us with a selection of cakes.  As we entered, smiling faces greeted us from the open kitchen on the right; curiously I made my way through 3 different rooms with seating for approximately 60, all decorated slightly different but with one thing in common, inviting!

It was a beautiful sunny day, so we made our way out to the patio. A delightful garden with long tables, benches and sun umbrellas encouraged us to grab a seat and relish the day.  A clipboard menu presented the monthly seasonal offerings, blackboards presented daily specials and cakes.  It was busy and people seemed to be enjoying themselves, some eating cakes and drinking coffee, others eating salads or hot dishes accompanied with cold beers.

Catering Card. Cafe Lehmsofa Restaurant Review
“The Mobile Food Service for your Celebrations.” Cafe Lehmsofa Catering.

A server arrived very quickly, efficiently gave some suggestions and took our orders for cake and coffee.  I took the time to take a closer look at the menu.  I would say, based on the offerings, it seems like Canadian food with a German twist – of course this makes sense given the fact that the food is prepared fresh and seasonal, therefore, assumedly local as well. Soups, salads, stews and cakes are the menu basics with in seasonal variations; surprise additions, like a variety of hamburgers in the 2016 September menu (see below) create diversity.

In short order our coffee and cake arrived. I bet they get a kick out of the pleasantly shocked faces of the new customers when food is presented – the portion size was huge! The Cappuccino was a display of Italian perfection, espresso topped with a thick foamy milk froth with a gentle sprinkling of cocoa completed with a sweet, round biscotti on the side – coffee heaven!  The Cherry Streusel was sinfully delicious, tangy cherries in a thin flour crust followed with a buttery, flaky batter and topped with a crunchy, sweet crumb topping.  Guess what? I ate it all!

Cherry Streusel and Cappuccino. Cafe Lehmsofa, Berlin
Cherry Streusel and Cappuccino. Cafe Lehmsofa, Berlin

Based on my coffee and cake experience and the fabulous, friendly and efficient atmosphere, I can absolutely recommend the Cafe Lehmsofa. Hopefully I can return in the near future to taste the hot dishes on offer. I asked on the way out where the Lehmsofa (Clay Sofa) is and they guided me into the middle room, where sure enough sat a functioning Clay Sofa Oven – warm ass on a cold winter day!

Bike, hike, drive or take the bus, but if you are in Berlin, make this a stop and say hi to Lynn!

Current Menu

Sample Menu - September 2016  Always a daily special, and always cakes!

 All salads are served with a homemade herbed balsamic vinaigrette.
 Small Mixed Salad - with tomatoes and cucumbers
 Leaf lettuce Salad with Cheese - with pickled feta cheese, black olives and roasted nuts

Burgers - homemade with fresh meat from the butcher, served with ketchup, mustard, tomato, onion, lettuce and Potato chips
 Classic Burger
 Cheese Burger - topped with emmental cheese au gratin
 Apple Burger - topped with pan prepared grated apple
 Apple Cheese Burger - pan prepared grated apple and emmental cheese
 BBQ Burger - with homemade barbecue sauce
 Lehmsofa Burger - with homemade Plum and Onion Sauce

Hot Meals
 Canadian Chicken Stew - chicken stewed in its own juices with roasted kohlrabi, carrots, thyme and potatoes
 Altbier Stew - Beef goulash from a stew of mushrooms, gorgonzola white wine sauce and potatoes, with dumplings and red cabbage
 Celery Root Schnitzel - Celery Root prepared schnitzel art with a vegetable orange sauce, served with a side salad or fried potatoes (Vegetarian)
 Stuffed Pepper - minced meat, rice, apples, red wine sauce with a side salad

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Diane Misol

Canadian living in Germany - Enjoying Travel & Documenting as I go! My goal is to bring you honest reporting based on my experience. As blogging took over the internet, so did glossy photos and life is perfect mentality. The world is now officially viewed through rose coloured glasses. I aim to bring you a truer, more realistic version. Hope you enjoy and please share if you do.

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