Berlin: Not-to-Miss Restaurants

Nov 2nd, 2011, 10:58 AM
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Berlin: Not-to-Miss Restaurants

It's been awhile since I visited Berlin, and most of the threads on restaurants are old. If you've visited Berlin in the last two years and have any restaurant recommendations, let's hear them!

It would be great to create an ongoing list for visitors to check before traveling. Any budget, any cuisine, anything in the city that just shouldn't be missed.

I will report back with my findings after the trip. Any help ahead of time is much appreciated. Thanks!
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 01:12 PM
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On a recent trip I enjoyed Restaurant Florian, Grolmanstraße 52, in the Charlotteburg neighbourhood. The hearty portions and thick sauces asserted its German heritage, but applied with a light, Continental touch. The service was skilled and, on a midweek evening, many of the patrons clearly were regulars. Two courses, with a glass of wine and followed by a cognac, cost just under 50 euros. http://www.restaurant-florian.de/home.html
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 02:26 PM
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If it serves pork, and beer - hit it.
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 02:55 PM
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The Grill Royal has become somewhat of a modern classic.
Friedrichstr 105
www.grillroyal.com
€ 30 pP

For the hipster Mitte crowd, the Transit restaurant would be a (very affordable) introduction to Thai tapas (2-3 should satisfy the average hunger).
www.transit-restaurants.com
€ 10-12 pP

The world's best currywurst, (ask for "ohne Darm") joined by french fries: Konnopke wurst stand under the elevated at Eberswalder Str. station. (a famous institution under private ownership in the former GDR)
€ 4 pP

The best authentic tapas north of Spain in Berlin's Kreuzberg district:
www.barraval.de
€ 10-15 pP

Average prices exclude beverages.
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:20 PM
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This is a great start! Thanks everyone...keep 'em coming!
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 10:49 PM
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piggybacking on this thread - what's the best place to have Japanese food/sushi in Berlin? (price not the issue...we will splurge on good Japanese) Kushinoya? Omoni?
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Nov 3rd, 2011, 05:48 AM
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Rogacki's in Charlottenburg.

An Amazing place!


http://themanfrommoselriver.wordpres...harlottenburg/

http://rogacki.de/ro/roga.htm

I like to stay in that neighborhood to be within walking distance of the Deutsche Oper.
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Nov 4th, 2011, 01:45 PM
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Topping...
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Nov 9th, 2011, 08:25 AM
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Taking off in a few days, so just topping again
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Nov 9th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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"If it serves pork, and beer - hit it."
good suggestion

Berlin is not exactly known for great restaurants ...could be something to do with boring German food.

o.k.., except for fantastic cakes.
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Nov 9th, 2011, 01:25 PM
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Michelin lists 14 starred restaurants in Berlin proper.
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Nov 9th, 2011, 01:41 PM
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One of our most favourate meals ever was at Die Quadriga at the Brandenburger Hof Hotel a few years ago - it still has it's Michelin star though.
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Nov 9th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Schwein und Bier boring??????? Ich glaube nicht!

Give a culture hundreds of years to work with even the most modest ingredients (throw in cabbage here, too) and they will be not only creative, but excel. There are hundreds of types of sausages in KaDeWe, in Berlin. Thousands of beers. The quest has only begun and, sadly, I will not have time to even contemplate the finish line
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Nov 10th, 2011, 02:40 AM
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We don't find German food "boring" -- we like it very much and seldom eat pork or sausage dishes. Danon, perhaps you should pick up a copy of Culinaria Germany and learn more about the variety in German cuisine.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/culi...ann/1012758901

Back to Berlin restaurants - any answers to my question about Asian/Japanese restaurant recs?
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Nov 10th, 2011, 04:54 AM
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Sorry, can't help you with the Asian restaurants.

I'm from the West Coast of the US and we have a great number of really good Asian restaurants here, so Berlin would be one of the last places where I'd seek out Asian restaurants.

On the whole, of the handful of Asian restaurants that I've been to in Europe, they have not impressed. Usually super expensive and the food is only so-so. The "best" was in Paris Chinatown - which should be called "Vietnamtown".

come to think of it, is there even a Chinatown in Berlin?

Looked it up, here's the answer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinatowns_in_Europe

Apparently there's a "pan-Asian" location planned in Berlin. That would probably be your best bet. Maybe Prenzlauer area?
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Nov 10th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Love, love German beer (and cakes).. but,.after a few days of pork/ cabbage, I start looking for French, Italian, something green...Entschuldigung!
Yes, there are Micheline restaurants at the Ritz and other top spots, but for the average traveler KaDeWe and the food court at Galeries Lafayette are just a bit more affordable.
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Nov 10th, 2011, 06:57 AM
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Thanks, easytraveler. I know what you mean - we lived in the Pacific NW for many years, excellent Japanese was something we took for granted. Now that we're in Switzerland, so far the only place we've found that we really like is in Bern and even then, it would be a "mehhh..." choice back in Portland.
I'm not interested in Chinese, I'd prefer Japanese or at a pinch, Vietnamese. Good fusion would be ok too.
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Nov 10th, 2011, 07:21 AM
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Hi, FoFoBT,

That proposed site in Berlin, if it ever came about, is supposed to be "pan-Asian", so it might work for you.

Come to think of it, I do remember seeing some "noodle" places - a couple of them behind Turkish donar kebob stands and one in the Berlin HBF. I'm sure that's not the kind of thing you're looking for.

In the past, when I traveled to an East Coast city, I would walk into an Asian restaurant and ask the Asian wait staff where THEY would eat. Maybe this might work for you in Berlin.

Anyhow, good luck on your search! And if you do run into anything great, hope you'll post it here on Fodors!
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Nov 10th, 2011, 03:07 PM
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Thx everyone! I'll be on the lookout for Asian/Japanese restaurants to report back on. I too am from Portland so certainly won't be up for dining on like-style food I can get better at home. But German food (und bier) will be consumed, I can assure you of that
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Easytraveler: where do you live in th PAC NW? Just curious...
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