by dancing penguin
April 11, 2003
Entering the restaurant is really a remarkable experience -- I felt like I was stepping into a 19th-century Bavarian ballroom. The ceiling is dripping with antique chandeliers, dark wood and mirrors line the room, and huge floral arrangements exploded from several tables. I would describe it as Belle Epoque if I were in France -- in Berlin however, I suppose I should say it was like the pinnacle of King Wilhelm’s regime.
Once seated, a courteous, knowledgeable waiter brought us our wine menu, with its extensive assortment of libations -- there’s an especially strong collection of European wines. Although I’m not a huge deer fan, I had venison with a juniper sauce for my main course, and it was incredible. It was as tender as lamb, and the juniper sauce was flavorful without overpowering the meat. All of the food was perfect, and the service was impeccable.
Alt-Luxembourg oozes luxury and old-world charm, yet lacks any pretension in its service and atmosphere. People look fantastic, but seem more concerned with Wannemacher’s creations than with affectation. If you want to have a really memorable evening, the elegant Alt-Luxembourg is a wonderful spot for it. (Prices, of course, match the luxury of the food and atmosphere.)
Hours: Mon-Sat 5-11pm
From journal Dining in Berlin