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El Panzone | Mar 11, 200202:44 PM

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans bored with staples like sausages and sauerkraut swarmed on Monday to sample something new as a restaurant in Berlin put insects on its menu.

If cockroach pasta does not sound tempting, grasshopper and locust couscous or sauteed maggots with green leaves are some of the other options now available at Berlin's Soda restaurant.

Chef Lars Scheuble said he was bored with German food and thought offering insects on the menu would be a good idea.

"While I was away on holiday I saw that insects are eaten in many parts of the world, such as Thailand and Africa and I thought, well, why not offer it in Germany too," he said.

"They have virtually no fat and in Africa they're eaten instead of meat or as a snack," he said.

"The worms are crunchy," customer Ramona Roeter said. "But with the salad and oil, it's not bad and I think I might even come back some other day for more."

The restaurant has only been serving insects for three days, but Scheuble said people were thrilled with the idea.

"And nobody has complained about stomach problems yet," he said.

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