Berlin is the city with the most star-rated restaurants in Germany, making it the gourmet capital of the country. This was confirmed by the Michelin Guide released in November 2012. Twelve restaurants in Berlin received awards, four of these restaurants were given two stars and eight restaurants received one star.
A second star for Tim Raue — Among the winners of the new Michelin Guide was Tim Raue. He received a second star for his creations in the “Tim Raue” restaurant. Christian Lohse at the “Fischers Fritz”, Otto Hendrik at the “Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer”, and Daniel Achilles at the “reinstoff” also cook to the same high standard.
The “FACIL”, “First Floor”, “Hartmanns”, “Horvárth”, “Hugos”, “Margaux”, “Rutz”, and the “VAU” were also awarded one star each. Due to a change in head chef, the restaurant “Quadriga” was not in the running this year. The “Die Nussbaumerin” in Berlin-Charlottenburg received the “Bib Gourmand” for the best low-priced establishment. You can find more information about eating out in Berlin at www.visitBerlin.de.
Back to the roots: Bread, sausage, and cheese — Several weeks ago, Sarah Wiener opened a bakery with a café called “Wiener Brot” not far from the Berlin synagogue in Mitte. It not only offers the best bread, but also seasonal speciality baked goods and organic coffee. The “Zeit für Brot” has also taken a similar approach; here visitors can watch the master baker at work through a large pane of glass. Various different breakfast options are offered in the morning, and oven-fresh baked goods are available all day.
The new “Wursterei” in Charlottenburg has set itself the goal of offering the best currywurst in Berlin. The sausages are cooked fat-free on the lava grill and seasoned with pure sea salt. They also offer chips and various home-made sauces to complete your meal. Anyone who would rather have cheese will be in luck at “La Käserie” in Prenzlauer Berg. Here you can eat your way through the whole range of French cheeses while enjoying a white wine (on recommendation as well of course) and a basket of bread.
Modern China and a secret backstreet tip — Mao motifs instead of dragon decorations: the new “Long March Canteen” in Kreuzberg hardly looks like a typical Chinese restaurant; sophisticated architecture plays on the clichés of opium dens and Chinese canteens. The kitchen offers the finest Asian cuisine: dim sum, edamame with sea salt, or beetroot salad with tuna.
Right on Warschauer Straße in Berlin is one of the most recent newcomers to the Berlin dining scene: a 60 year-old London double-decker bus that provides night-time revellers with food under the name “Hektikfood”: the speciality of the red vehicle is its filled pita breads.
The “Mahlzeit Kreuzberg”, in the district of the same name, also has unusual interior furnishings – everything here looks like it was put together at home: an old bakery counter, herringbone parquet, and lamps made from large pickle jars. The menu includes Mediterranean food, soups, and salads.