New Café Berlin brings German food to Sandy

(Brodi Ashton | Special to The Salt Lake Tribune) Cafe Berlin is a new German eatery in Sandy.

Sandy • Three German brothers moved from a small town outside Kohln, Germany, to Utah in 2017 with one purpose — to give returned missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a taste of the Deutschland again.

They opened Rimmels German Street Food in Orem, which specialized in döners, a portable wrap/sandwich found all over Europe.

Now the brothers — Mathias, Thomas and Andreas Rimmel — are on to their next German-themed restaurant. This time they’re opening Café Berlin in Sandy.

Located in the former Britton’s, at 694 E. Union Square, the restaurant serves traditional German dishes all day, including bratwurst, schnitzel, pork Gulasch and spätzle with gravy or cheese.

The lunch menu also includes hamburgers, sandwiches and fish and chips. More American fare — think omelets, pancakes and skillets — is available at breakfast. Prices range from $6 to $11.50.

“We taught ourselves to cook from classic recipes in Germany,” Mathias Rimmel says.

For an authentic German dining experience, Rimmel suggests the currywurst — a popular fast food dish of bratwurst with a ketchup-based curry sauce.

For now, Café Berlin is open for breakfast and lunch, but Rimmel said he is considering opening for dinner on weekends.

When asked what he misses about Germany, he doesn’t hesitate. “The good food,” he said, “and the bread.”

Speaking of bread, there aren’t many gluten-free options at Cafe Berlin. But if you’re looking for homemade brats, this might be your stop.

Café Berlin • 694 E. Union Square, Sandy; 801-572-5148 or cafeberlinutah.com. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Correction: This story was updated on May 14 at 8 a.m. to include correct information about currywurst.