Omoni, Japanese Restaurant, Berlin, Germany
It’s not exactly news that one can always discover a great new place in Berlin — if one only searches. The press and the internet often outdo each other in reviewing the latest restaurants and bars, so I should probably refrain from writing about Berlin’s restaurants if I’m looking to get any attention with this blog. But since this is not my motivation in writing, I of course will continue to write about what I want, including interesting or less interesting places, also those in Berlin. And if I look at the stats of my blog, it always surprises me to see which articles are read more and which less. I don’t really see any particular logic behind it, since there aren’t subjects that would seem to connect the interest of the readers. So, it isn’t that the reports about wine necessarily have more readers than reviews about restaurants. If the place is rather unknown or not many people wrote about it before or posted about it on any social network, then it happens that my review appears among top 5 in google or other search engines. But again, this doesn’t mean so much, since my handful of reviews of Bordeaux wines are all pretty popular, although many reviewers have written about these same wines. The good thing about this realization is that you can just write about anything and if you do that — and make it entertaining enough, hopefully — you will find one reader or another. As said, I’d like to continue writing only about my personal and, thus, of course, subjective experiences and insights.
Unfortunately, I think there’s not much good sushi in Berlin. This is probably for a variety of reasons. Since there is not really a Japanese community in Berlin (I have heard there is only one of a considerable size in Düsseldorf), so the demand for “real” Japanese cuisine is limited. Another reason is the lack of fresh fish – of course there is salmon, tuna and shrimp, but quite seldom would you come across the kinds of fish that you can find easily at any Sushi restaurant in NY, LA or even in Moscow. Last but not least, usually Japanese food is expensive. And expensive food does not fit in Berlin somehow, in particular if you are running a cool place like Omoni.