Oukan – The epicentre of vegan fine dining in Berlin
In the bustling metropolis of Berlin, where culinary experiences are offered on every street corner, Oukan stands out unmistakably. A unique piece in the heart of Berlin that takes your breath away in its uniqueness.
The Oukan philosophy: a look back
Berlin-Mitte was already a paradise for gourmets, but with the opening of the Oukan restaurant in November 2021, the culinary level has increased considerably once again. The idea came from the two founding visionaries Huy Thong Tran Mai and Erik Spickschen. Supported by managing partner Max Jensen, they created a place that not only inspires with vegan fine dining, but also captivates with a Japanese-inspired ambience. Clear lines, multi-faceted shades of black and haptic elements immerse the visitor in another world.
The Evolution of Cuisine: Timur Yilmaz’s Art
By June 2023, Oukan was already known for its focus on traditional Japanese Buddhist cuisine. But with Timur Yilmaz’s arrival as the new head chef, an unstoppable development began. His culinary signature is unrestricted but consistently plant-based. He knows how to bring Oukan’s menu into perfect harmony with the atmosphere of the space to create a multi-sensory experience for each guest.
“The theme of craftsmanship is always at the forefront of my mind,” Yilmaz emphasises, and indeed you can feel this passion in every dish. A special highlight, the “Beetroot & Yuba” tartelette, combines complexity and sophistication in perfect harmony. With up to 30 hand movements per plate, every dish becomes a work of art.
Oukan’s heart: the fermentation lab
Hidden beneath the restaurant is a real treasure chest: the Fermentation Lab. Here, Yilmaz experiments with Paul Kaufmann and the team on the unique flavour explosions that guests will later find on their plates. Local BIO products, fermented and refined, give the dishes their characteristic touch.
More than just food: The world of drinks at Oukan
In addition to the excellent cuisine, the choice of drinks plays a central role. Jonathan Gobbi, Junya Arino and Joyce von Beuningen form the trio that enchants guests with wines, teas and cocktails. Above all, the tea accompaniment to the tasting menu curated by Beuningen is not to be missed.
An experience in a class of its own
Oukan is not only a culinary highlight in Berlin-Mitte. It is a multi-sensory experience that transports the visitor into another world. If you want to treat yourself to this experience, the restaurant is located at Ackerstraße 144 in 10115 Berlin-Mitte.
For all those interested: reservations and further information can be found at www.oukan.de or contact the team directly via e-mail or telephone.