This, as they say on their website, really sums up the whole experience, 'Because every day is not about the big wonders, It's about the small wonders that make things just a little more pleasant.'
House of Small Wonder got its start in 2010 when Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies opened a space in Brooklyn, New York City. Berlin opened in 2014 and is located on the Johannisstrasse, just off the Friedrichstrasse, one of the main shopping streets.
I ate there in 2018 while visiting my daughter, Hanna. At that time, they only served lunch-brunch, but since 2019 have dinner, evening service. No reservations for lunch-brunch, but they do for the evening service. You check-in, wait downstairs and then climb a spiral staircase to the restaurant. Warm colors, plenty of wood, and lots of plants frame the space. It's more of a cafe in appearance versus a restaurant, but the food is fantastic, great portions and very reasonably priced. Tables vary from high tops with benches and stools to plain metal tables in varying sizes.
Food is Japanese influenced, comfort food with organic, local ingredients freshly prepared. All their bread is freshly baked during the day. Service is friendly, top-notch, and you don't have to be worried about time. Your table is yours for however long you want it, and despite the close quarters and relatively small environment, you can hear yourself talk, have a conversation.
Clientele ranges from students to business executives. Cocktails are available. House of Small Wonder has a great relaxed vibe, open, bright, and a perfect place to unwind and shut out the bustling crowds, the noise of Berlin.
A True delight, and should be on everyone's agenda when visiting Berlin.