Glass aims to prove that fine-dining can be contemporary and informal without sacrificing quality. Israeli chef and owner Gal Ben-Moshe transformed what was once a gym into a minimalist restaurant space and in doing so placed the focus squarely back on the food itself. This informal, enthusiastic approach is shared by the staff, who are happy to answer any questions regarding ingredients, inspiration and environmental sustainability. The menu changes daily, with dishes inspired by Berlin itself. The prix-fixe menus are more affordable than the restaurant’s five-star counterparts and vegan versions of each dish are also available.
Glass, Uhlandstraße 195, Berlin, Germany + 49 30 54710861
On the 14th floor of the InterContinental Hotel, Hugos combines contemporary cuisine and dramatic views of the German capital including the Brandenburg Gate and the Siegessäule. Each table enjoys an unparalleled panorama, accompanied by chef Thomas Kammeier’s Michelin-starred, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Tasting menus are available, including those focused specifically on fish or truffles. For the truly adventurous, there is also a ‘surprise’ tasting menu on offer.
Hugos, Budapester Straße 2, 14th Floor, Berlin, Germany + 49 30 26021263
A family owned business since 1928 and a rare war survivor, this German-Polish delicatessen has also been celebrated by chef and travel foodie Anthony Bourdain who declared it his ‘best meal in Germany’. Rogacki’s veteran employees, decked out in their classic green attire, attend to food stations that offer a dizzying array of fresh and smoked fish, sausages, poultry, game, salads, breads, and even an impressive selection of champagnes. If you are overwhelmed by the selection, you can’t go wrong with the fried fish fillets and a side of their signature potato salad. Be prepared to eat standing up though, unless you manage to grab one of the few outdoor tables.
Rogacki, Wilmersdorfer Straße 145/146, Berlin, Germany + 49 30 3438250