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Yam Yam is yum yum
by Ana Finel Honigman


Alte Schönhauser str. 6

10119 Berlin-Mitte



Yam Yam fuels Berlin's fashion community with fresh and easy Korean comfort food in a canteen-style setting that once was a hub for Berlin fashion itself. During its five-year lifetime, Berlin's The Best Shop lived up to its name. But after a season rocked by the recession, Sumi Ha felt that fashion was too fragile and decided to return to her first love: food. 

Returning to her roots, she scouted for possible locations to house a Korean restaurant and nothing was right. Within a month, she had untangled city's red tape, gutted the store, installed white seats, repainted the walls a refreshing mint green and hung a sweet red and cream colored awning outside. Right away, Yam Yam became a lunch and meeting spot for her former shoppers eager to indulge in the fresh, organic and traditionally made Korean dishes Ha presents as snacks or full meals throughout the day. "I love how satifying it is to feed people," Ha says. "I was always convincing people to buy clothes but now they come in, order and leave happy. I guess I still convince them to come back but it seems like they really want to return."

--Ana Finel Honigman

Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 9/13/09

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