Trendsetter VAU defined hip in the Mitte district years ago and remains a favorite even as it ages. The excellent German fish and game dishes prepared by chef Kolja Kleeberg have earned him endless praise and awards. Menu options might include duck with red cabbage, quince, and sweet chestnuts, or turbot with veal sweetbread with shallots in red wine. The six-course dinner menu is €120, but dishes you can also order á la carte. The best bargain is a lunch entrée at
€18. The cool interior was designed by Meinhard von Gerkan, one of Germany's leading industrial architects.
Dec 13, 2002
VAU immediately vaulted into my Top 5 restaurants after my recent meal there. Incredibly imaginative (rabbit terrine with mussels and bratwurst wrapped in bacon) and uniquely German, the food will remain with you as a soothing memory. Prices are reasonable for the quality, and the wine list is a particularly good value. One other note: Chef Kolja Kleeberg, one Germany's premier chefs, spends a few moments with each customer (could you ever imagine
Todd English doing this?).
May 15, 2001
We went here for the lunch special and had a truly amazing time. The service was impeccable and the food is on the lighter side and excellently prepared. The dinner prices more than double, so lunch is a great value.