fine food - Berlin
Written by Fiona Brutscher
Berliners love to dine out, so both locals and visitors are spoilt for choice. When it comes to restaurants, Berlin is rich and classy.
The Edison Höfe once housed Germany’s first light-bulb factory. Today, after extensive refurbishments, it is home to an entirely different innovator. Daniel Achilles serves up deceptively down-to-earth dishes, subtly informed by his avant-garde training, in an elegant setting that pays homage to the building's industrial past. The ganz nah (quite near) menu is inspired by humble ingredients from the Brandenburg region such as trout, and root vegetables, elevated to intricate haute cuisine creations. Weiter draußen (far away) showcases concoctions from further afield, such as Norway lobster with sugar beet and apple vinegar. Adding a charming personal touch, each menu is preceded by and closed off with miniature culinary ‘greetings from the kitchen’. All dishes are presented as colourful works of art and crowned with two Michelin stars, the first of which was awarded within months of the restaurant’s opening.
Berlin. Tel +49 30 3088 1214
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
In a city where every street corner, cobblestone, and monument tells tales of the past, it’s only fitting to wind down a day of sightseeing in a restaurant similarly steeped in history. Housed in Berlin’s legendary Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer is a small, plush dining room that opens up to spectacular views of the Brandenburg Gate. Whilst admiring the view, consider the world-changing events that took place right on the doorstep of the original Hotel Adlon, from the Kaiser’s first inspection of the luxurious lodgings, to the erection of the Berlin Wall. Once the food arrives, however, you will find your attention drawn back inside to the fine European dishes, executed to perfection. Although several recipes hark back to the early years of the hotel, today’s kitchen adds a decidedly modern touch, bringing diners right into the present moment.
Berlin. Tel +49 30 2261 1960
Berlin’s restaurant scene offers a wealth of choices for vegans and vegetarians, but Kopps trumps many with that rare thing – an animal-product-free feed that even carnivores rave about. With Bavarian sausages, goulash, and schnitzel on the menu, this is a great opportunity to try veganised versions of many classic German dishes. In addition to impressively authentic interpretations of meat dishes, the egg salad starter and the cheese plate tend to be a revelation for those who thought they couldn’t do without animal products. In a casual setting, there’s a choice between communal dining or smaller, more intimate tables, depending on how much you want to soak up the trendy Berlin-Mitte atmosphere. Those in town to sample Berlin’s famous nightlife can ease into the mood with a drink in the adjacent room, where DJs spin tunes after 10pm.
Berlin. Tel +49 30 432 097 75
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