I’m in Germany for the next couple of months and whenever I’m here, I find myself craving spicy food. Germans are not known for their spice tolerance, and even though there are a ton of Southeast Asian immigrants and restaurants here, it can be difficult to find one that serves dishes that are actually spicy (at least to my palate). I was browsing Google for new restaurants in my neighborhood and I noticed that many of the reviews for Taleh Thai mentioned that the food was SPICY, so I thought I would give it a go!
Stopped in for dinner last night and enjoyed some steamed chicken dumplings and red curry with snake beans, tiny eggplants and beef. When I placed my order, I asked the waiter for extra spicy and that I was American, not German, so please not to hold back! He chuckled at that and kindly brought me a dish of extra chiles to add to my curry if I found it not spicy enough. However, IT WAS SPICY!!! Not choking and reaching for a glass of milk spicy, but definitely hot enough to get my mouth tingling. And not just spicy, really flavorful and well balanced to boot. A lot of Thai places in NYC make their curries far too sweet, which I hate. This one was just right - hint of sweet, hint of sour, LOTS of heat.
I’ll definitely be back to check out more of their menu. I was lucky to get a table - most were reserved starting at 6:30 or 7, and I think they only seated me because I came in around 5:30pm and knew they could get me in and out quickly since I was dining alone. Definitely check them out if you are in Berlin and looking for spice!