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Above all, American breakfast means: many options. In the Nalu Diner, guests can put together everything themselves. Oliver Miller offers 50 different egg variations. And coffee to take away.

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Oliver Miller: "In America you can have breakfast 24 hours a day"

Breakfast at any time of the day, coffee with free refills and the best service – Oliver Miller misses that very much when he moves to Berlin from the American state of New Mexico in 2000.

"If you wanted to eat something somewhere late at the time, there was only kebab or sausage", says Oliver Miller. Nevertheless, it still takes twelve years before he opens an original American diner in the German capital: the restaurant Nalu diner in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg.

The Nalu diner in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Even if the party mood in the East Berlin district has since subsided somewhat – and the need for 24-hour breakfast restaurants is no longer so great – it did Nalu diner to an institution after a short time. However, it only opened until 9 p.m..


Typical American breakfast in Berlin


Typical American breakfast in Berlin

American breakfast:
Denver omelette with buttermilk pancakes and breakfast patties

ingredients for 4 persons

For the breakfast patties

  • 400 g minced pork
  • 1 tsp lard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • oil

For the buttermilk pancakes

  • 1 liter of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 g butter
  • 300 g of flour
  • 20 g baking powder
  • 20 g of sugar
  • 10 g baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • oil
  • Butter and maple syrup as a topping

For the Denver omelet

  • 12 eggs
  • 120 g red, green and yellow peppers
  • 120 g cooked ham
  • 180 g grated cheddar cheese
  • Salt pepper
  • oil


Mix the spices with the minced pork for the breakfast patties and shape them into small balls. Heat the oil in a pan, flatten the balls and brown the patties on both sides. Then keep warm.

For the pancakes, melt the butter in a pan, then stir in a bowl with the buttermilk and eggs. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and baking soda in another bowl, then mix both mixtures. The dough should be a little lumpy. Heat the oil in a pan and fry part of the dough over medium-high heat until small bubbles form on the surface. Then turn the pancake and fry until the underside is golden brown. Do this until the batter is used. Keep the pancakes warm.

Wash the peppers for the Denver omelet and cut them into fine cubes, as well as the cooked ham. Heat oil or butter in a pan, making sure that the bottom of the pan is completely covered with oil or melted butter. Then add a quarter of the pepper and ham cubes to the pan and stir-fry for 30-60 seconds, then reduce the heat. In the meantime, beat the eggs in a bowl, whisk, salt and pepper. Put part of the eggs in the pan and fry with ham and bell pepper for about a minute, then add a little cheddar cheese and fry for another 30 seconds. Finally, fold in the omelette.

Arrange the Denver omelet, pancake and breakfast patty together on a plate. Put a little butter and maple syrup on the pancake.

The Nalu Diner serves American breakfast

A must: ketchup, mustard and maple syrup

An American breakfast differs from the European continental breakfast primarily in the range of hot dishes. These are usually very easy to prepare and can be served quickly. In the United States this is also called "short order cooking". In the Nalu Diner, all American breakfast components are served together on a plate – originally American, sweet and hearty.

The Nalu Diner serves American breakfast

From San Francisco to Berlin

"I got the idea for the restaurant when I was still going to clubs and afterwards always wished I could get such a meal late at night. In America you can have breakfast 24 hours a day, even at 4 or 5 in the morning. And there is as much filter coffee as you want." – Oliver Miller

The Nalu Diner serves American breakfast

Smorgasbord of personal things

The Nalu Diner is a living, constantly changing project. The pictures on the walls are works by friends of friends and by Oliver Miller himself. In 2012 the American opened his restaurant in the east of Berlin, in Prenzlauer Berg – he also lives very close here. He likes the diversity of the district. In addition: the audience is international, that fits well in the Nalu Diner.

The Nalu Diner serves American breakfast

Big things instead of fat bread

The pancakes are certainly the most famous breakfast classic in the United States. In order for them to become thick – all American – the batter, which is based on buttermilk in the Nalu Diner, must be very viscous. Turn the dough as soon as it bubbles in the pan. Then the "pancake" Perfect.

The Nalu Diner serves American breakfast

Pancakes, Denver omelets and cutlets

"If you order breakfast in an American diner, the question of how you want your eggs remains open. There is no standard. The waiter always asks how you prefer to eat your eggs. And I love this question because it means that you can really get an American breakfast if you can decide how exactly you want your eggs." – Oliver Miller

Nalu diner
Dunckerstrasse 80 A.
10437 Berlin

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