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Nürnberger Straße 65, Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, 10787 Berlin
My ex-boss recommended this place and he likes his food so I had to check this place out. Firstly, don’t think this is a cheap rib joint like Tony Roma’s. It would be like comparing the Dorchester to a kebab stand. The prime rib here is slow-cooked in low heat for some 10 hours before it is brought out and cut in front of your table. So the texture of the meat is rather of the melt-in-the-mouth ilk and very tasty if you can appreciate the delicacy of the way the meat has been handled. If you wish, they even grate fresh radish on the meat and it was delicious and rather better than the sauces proferred. For salads, you can opt for their set cooked veg or choose yourself from the salad bar – I would recommend the salad bar.
Service is lovely, ambience is nice if a little staid and the best value drop is the house Carmenere by the glass – it worked out cheaper than buying the bottle so someone hadn’t done their maths too well but we did not mind. :o) Oh, and don’t expect any change from 100 Euros for dinner for two – but it was worth it and I will be back.
Waisenstraße 14-16, Zugang auch von der Littenstraße , 10179 Berlin
Napoleon ate here and allegedly tried have his way with the waitresses so I guess he must have enjoyed himself. We did too (though not with the waiting staff) and we found the place really has a nice low-key historic ambience, which is surprising as it was almost wholly destroyed and then rebuilt after WW2. Service was efficient, friendly and not that slow considering the size and layout of the restaurant which has quite a few separate dining rooms.
The food was also quite good, mainly traditional German fare like haxe and the Berliner eisbein or duck and blutwurst and even a modern currywurst. Both of the wursts were rather insipid so do stick with the proper meats or the calf liver, which was really delicious and beautifully pink (but don’t forget to tell the kitchen that you want the liver pink if you don’t want it well done).
This is a great place to bring newcomers to Germany or Berlin. I am sure they would appreciate the food and atmosphere as much as you!
Ansbacherstraße 8, 10787 Berlin
27-03-2011 (updated on 21-11-2011)
After a long hiatus, I am back in Berlin for a little break, and some Chinese friends had read about this place and thought we should try it.
Well, to be honest, I wish I had not bothered. The only good thing I can say is that the dimsum here is indeed handmade. But it wasn’t done too well and the flavours and textures are just not up to scratch.
Still, if one must have a proper dimsum in Berlin, then I can recommend the chicken feet in black bean sauce, or maybe the pickled chicken feet. The fried yam cake was also OK. Everything else was rather sub-standard but that may be because I am quite accustomed to seriously good dimsum in London so even I feel that my own assessment may be a little harsh.
Friesenstraße 22, im Bergmannkiez/ nähe Marheineke Markthalle, 10965 Berlin
Food was really quite good and the service was rather friendly and excellent. The atmosphere is pretty nice and the place also seems somewhat cleaner than most Thai restaurants within this budget range. Also, the place claims not to use monosodium glutamate in the dishes and I believe this.
Overall, a very good place for bargain-price authentic Thai food – you certainly won’t regret coming here (the red curries are slightly preferred to the green curries in my opinion). The owner is a pleasant quiet gentleman called Heiko and the lovely Noki is certainly a delight to chat with. :o)
Winterfeldtstr. 50, 10781 Berlin
One of the best bars in Schoneberg. Excellent (strong) drinks, friendly barman, nice ambience. What more can one want from a bar, especially during Happy Hour (which is not the cheapest in Berlin, but very worthwhile nevertheless)? Also, the clientele don’t look too weird, which helps a lot! :o)
Savignyplatz 1, 10623 Berlin
This is not exactly my favourite place in Berlin but quite a few people I know liked it so I came to give it a try. I wish I had not bothered. If they tried harder, then maybe the food could be marked as average, but they used too much sugar in the sauces and I suspect not small quantities of MSG as well.
Location is quite nice though, especially if you can get an outside table in warm weather. Service is intermittent at best and decor is of a modern Asian bar/restaurant that has a constant stream of tourist business (this place is well-marketed and is always featured in all the guides). And that about sums it up.
Koenigsallee 5b, 14193 Berlin
22-08-2011 (updated on 23-08-2011)
The place may be good for cocktail drinks and hanging out with other beautiful people but for food, it ranks somewhere between a steamy imbiss in Kreuzberg and Burger King, but not in a good way.
Still, the location is quite interesting, nestling on the side of a nice lake (Hallensee) although it does need the incessant music to drown out the drone from the nearby motorway. A place to bring some friends as a diversion when you have exhausted all your other usual options – just don’t bring along too high expectations and everything will be fine.
So all the stars are for the location and stylish lounge seating, not for food.
Neustädtische Kirchstrasse 6, 10117 Berlin
This is a favourite haunt of politicians and older genteel folk, judging from the wall pictures and clientele last Friday night.
The food is good, almost brilliant, and certainly ranks this place as one of the better nouvo Italian places in town. The veal and salami carpaccio was especially yummy. The wine selection is comprehensive although we took the menu so the wines were decided for us. The ambience is cool, clean and stylish – an ideal place for power-broking and delicate negotiations. Service is also generally good and pleasant. Prices range from rather high to tolerable for the pastas. A highlight was the range of fine olive oils available to soak up the fresh ciabatta-style little breads.
Overall, this is a place I can definitely recommend and will re-visit again, to perhaps add another star next time as a couple of dishes were just a trifle bland on the night, although they were made with fresh ingredients.
Knesebeckstr. 93, 10623 Berlin
This is a pretty good bistro with great authentic French food, especially their fish soup which is probably the best I have had in Berlin. Note that there is nothing very fancy here as they don’t do haute cuisine – just good French country fare.
Atmosphere is a little staid, but not unpleasant. There is a good and not too overpriced wine list which includes some pretty decent claret. Service is calm, polite and quite good. You should head here with business partners or friends to sample probably one of the better French country restaurants in Berlin.
Ebertstraße 14, 10117 Berlin
18-06-2008 (updated on 05-08-2011)
This is a huge Mexican restaurant situated at the back of the Canadian Embassy, and is unashamedly a tourist trap, but it’s a better trap than, say, the Corroboree just around the corner.
The cocktails are tolerable, the fajitas are reasonable (but not really Mexican at all), the service is fair (but slow) and it’s a simple place serving simple food. There is not a lot of atmosphere and from the outside the dark furniture makes it look tackier than it really is. Prices are also pretty reasonable and I have no real reason for not going there more often but for me it feels like a place that one would go as a last resort, which is a little unfair but regrettably, true.
If you need to meet up with large group of friends, then this is as good a meeting point as you can find in Berlin for sightseeing around Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate.
EDIT: Place has gone downhill, I’m afraid. Food is about the same but service is now awful and I wouldn’t come here unless you got (a lot of) time to kill.
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