Once a wasteland of austere communist rule, East Berlin has since flourished with thriving businesses, a rule-breaking art scene and a host of incredible places to eat. If you’re serious about great food and memorable dining experiences, then this list will have you smacking your lips and calling for a reservation in no time.
Schneeweiß offers patrons delicious Alpine cuisine to be enjoyed in a fresh, white-walled and epically stylish environment. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the schnitzel is rumoured to be one of the best in town. Crystal lamps add a hint of glam to the dining ambience, while a pint of craft beer keeps things relaxed and cosy. It’s probably wise to book a table during peak times.
For a creative culinary experience, head to Reinstoff in Mitte for a dish prepared by acclaimed chef Daniel Achilles. Besides the food, the setting is quite something too, as guests are invited to be wined and dined in a re-purposed light factory. This two Michelin-starred experience will cost you a pretty penny, but the subtle flavours and innovative food pairings ensure you won’t be disappointed.
Zenkichi brings the best of Japan to Berlin. Try out their eight-course summer tasting menu or go for the Omakase Sake Pairing menu to tantalise the senses. Seasonal, small plates are served in intimate semi-private booths set among gorgeous bamboo detail, making your experience really all about the food and your dining companions, as well as the best sake in town.
After the Berlin Wall came down, MaoThai was the very first Asian restaurant to open up in the former East Berlin. It’s bursting with authentic and colourful Thai flavours; from the delicious green curry to the supreme crispy duck. Match the carefully thought-out flavours with a high quality wine from their menu. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious and the staff are full of friendly smiles.
Toca Rouge puts a delicious modern twist on traditional Chinese cuisine. Located in Mitte, this restaurant brings together a winning combination of tasty food, a stylish, comfortable atmosphere and great design to offer guests a relaxing and satisfying food adventure.
Berlin definitely has a taste for the aromas and flavours of Asia, and this stylish gem brings some of the continent’s best cuisine to town. Tim Raue’s artful creations are small and delicate, but will have your lips smacking with with the expansive flavours especially designed to delight your tastebuds. The restaurant is open for dinner only, and there is also a cheeky cocktail bar to make it the perfect dinner and drinks combination.
Restaurant Pasternak is a charming Russo-Jewish dining room boasting chandeliers and a piano that both add a hint of old-world flair to this venue. Despite the light fixtures, the place is humble, like a grandmother’s house. Enjoy food and drinks on the beautiful outdoor terrace, or visit on Sundays when they do a really delicious brunch (but get in early!).