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Not that long ago, Berlin was known for its innovative nightlife. The party was focused on the clubs and bars, with hoards of young people from all over the world flocking to the city for after hours fun. But times are changing and the innovative drivers behind the clubs and bars have grown up.
With more maturity comes a deeper understanding and love for good food. Take, for example, the Neue Heimat Berlin Village Market in the district of Friedrichshain. The owners of the market once ran the popular techno club Bar 25, but after ten years their focus is now on the weekly street food market. Instead of bringing drinkers and dancers together, they are today bringing together food stalls of ethnic eats and creative pop up concepts.
Food in Berlin is very much at the forefront these days, and as such the quality is getting better and better. So check out one of these five Berlin restaurants which offer diversity, invention and a whole bunch of Michelin stars…
Located on the fifth floor of The Mandala Hotel at Potsdamer Platz, Facil is one of Germany’s most awarded restaurants. Serving elegantly light fare since 2001, it offers a unique dining experience in an exquisite setting. Chef de Cuisine is Michael Kempf, who specialises in a careful fusion of German classics and Asian inspiration. He encompasses precision and focus for vegetables and exotic herbs and changes his menu according to seasonal produce. His dishes are subtle and straightforward, the flavours fine and distinctive. As for dessert, Maitre Patissier Thomas Yoshida, was awarded Patissier of the Year 2016 by Gault & Millau and just one bite will tell you why. Facil really is an oasis for gourmets in Berlin.
2. Tim Raue
Tim Raue was born in 1974 in Berlin and, following his chef training, worked in a number of the country’s best restaurants. In 1998 he was made head chef at the Kaiserstuben in Berlin and was chosen as the rising star of the year by the prestigious gourmet magazine, Der Feinschmecker. He’s since taken on the role as a Berlin “Masterchef” and his restaurant today offers one of the hottest tables around the world according to Conde Nast Traveller. Carrying two Michelin stars, Tim Raue offers inspired design, excellent service a variety of menu choices, including a signature menu presenting “classics” as a four or six course meal. The wine list has also been developed over the course of time by the Raue family and sommelier Andre Macionga, offering 1200 varieties.
Heising is a step back in time and offers an air of finesse that’s hard to find today. Family owned and run, it offers a warm, friendly and romantic atmosphere and whether dining with your partner, friends or colleagues you’ll be greeted wholeheartedly and thoroughly spoiled. Bernard Heising and his wife opened Heising more than 30 years ago and serve a skillful French menu inspired by their home country. The menu offers plenty of choice from foie gras and poached clams to fillet of veal, coq au vin and ginger creme brulee. Your choice of three or four courses, the menu is reasonable and offers something for everyone.
The elegant wood panelling, open fire and fine chandeliers at Fischers Fritz makes this a very special restaurant. Add to that, Christian Lohse’s fish inspired menu, and it’s an unforgettable experience that diners from all over the world come to Berlin to enjoy. For seven years Fischers Fritz has carried two Michelin stars under Christian Lohse. Fish is what the restaurant is renowned for and the Breton lobster with sweetbread starter is a must. So too is the cod supreme or the sea bass in a salty crust. The dining room is a grand setting and overlooks Berlin’s most impressive square, the Gendarmenmarkt, and the blend of classical style with surprising modern touches makes Fischers Fritz an extraordinary experience be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The dining room of the Bieberbau bears the signature of the sculptor/master plasterer, Richard Bieber. Established in 1894, the Bieberbau served as an inn for painters, neighbours and guests while an army of masters and apprentices came to marvel at Bieber’s work. Today the ornamentation of Bieberbau stores fascinating testimony of a forgotten art form and is a unique gem in Berlin’s gastronomic landscape.
The heritage listed dining room of Bieberbau was awarded a Michelin star in 2015 and offers three menu choices of three, four, of five courses. Made with ingredients pulled straight from their very own garden, diners can enjoy parsnip foam with wild boar, goose breast with brussel sprouts and cattle jaw with cabbage, dried cherries and walnuts. Stephan Garkisch is both chef and owner, while Jean-Francois Mathieu stands by his side as part of the formidable Bieberbau team. Expect big things from Restaurant Bieberbau - it’s one to watch.
Next time you’re in Berlin, be sure to check out one of these five amazing restaurants… or why not try them all? Luxaviation can provide you with easy and stylish transport to Berlin today in one of our private charter jets. Contact us now to find out how we can help you visit this beautiful city and experience the wonders of German cuisine.