Berlin Journals

Dining in Berlin

A March 2003 trip to Berlin by dancing penguin

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Dining in Berlin

Overview

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The food!Quick Tips: -- Make sure to read up on restaurants before you go, as there are many, many choices. -- Also, for some of the fancier restaurants, you will need a reservation, so book before you go. -- If you feel the need to burn off some of the food you've been imbibing, take a day and check out the Tiergarten, the huge park which stretches through central Berlin. If it's a nice day, you can wander along the canal, walk the myriad paths, climb the Siegessäule (a 67-meter column on Strasse des 17 Juni), or just lay in the grass and have a picnic. The beautiful Berlin Zoo is also located on the southern tip of the park.Best Way To Get Around: -- U-bahn and S-bahn; tr...Read More

Harlekin

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Restaurant

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Harlekin has lately become one of the top three restaurants in Berlin, offering French and continental cuisine. It’s conveniently located in Mitte in the Grand Hotel Esplanade. I had heard that Harlekin is especially known for its fish dishes, and wanting to splurge a bit, we decided to try it. The dining room is very nice, but doesn’t quite escape that "hotel-dining room" feel. There is a life-sized statue -- entitled none other than "Harlekin" -- that sits in the middle of the room, and from which the restaurant gets its name. The food is incredibly creative, blending old-world favorites with very modern inventiveness. The menu consists of such items as venison fillet in lime sauce a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Harlekin
15 LützowuferStrasse
Berlin, Germany 10785
(030) 25-47-88-58

Alt Luxemburg

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Restaurant

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Alt-Luxembourg is reputably one of the top three restaurants in Berlin, serving continental cuisine. One of the most famous chefs in Germany, Karl Wannemacher, is in charge of the kitchen. Being the epicurean that I am, I thought that it merited a visit. 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...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Alt Luxemburg
Windscheidstrasse 31
Berlin, Germany 10627
030-3238730

Vivaldi

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Restaurant

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Like in many major cities across the globe, some of the most gourmet restaurants can be found tucked away inside distinguished hotels. I suppose they’re banking on the idea that if you can afford to stay at the hotel, you can afford the restaurant too. Fortunately, checking in to the hotel isn’t a prerequisite to eat there. Vivaldi is one such establishment, located inside the Ritz-Carlton Schlosshotel. This hotel was built in 1912 with the Renaissance in mind, and its castle-like appearance has remained intact to this day. Indeed, you’ll feel like royalty as you’re seated in a room that exudes old-world charm with all the antiques adorning this comfortable setting. Be prepared to fork...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Vivaldi
Brahmsstrasse 10 Schlosshotel
Berlin, Germany 14193
+40 (030) 89-58-4520

Marjellchen

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Upon entering Marjellchen, one is immediately hit with the ambience of old-school European grandeur—slightly decayed, and just shabby enough to feel authentic. I wouldn’t be surprised if a ghost of Frederick the Great floated through the room. There''s dim lighting, formally-dressed waiters, and heavy brocades, and the distinct smell of hearty meats and potatoes was welcome on a cold night. Marjellchen specializes in East Prussian (Germany’s now-extinct province in the southeast), Pomeranian, and Silesian cuisine, thus the German fare has Austrian and Swiss inclinations. They offer substantial, old-world fare such as red-beet soup, East Prussian potato soup (which I had--delicious), and a variet...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Marjellchen
Mommsenstrasse 9
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 8-832676

Seasons

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If you’re looking for some reasonably priced food, but want to slip on some of those stylishly graceful duds you just picked up at KaDeWe, head over to The Seasons Restaurant to bask in the cozy dining room that could double as a long overdue banquet setting for Masterpiece Theater. Located within The Four Seasons Hotel in the shopping-friendly neighborhood of Mitte, Seasons offers both old and modern approaches to French cuisine classics, courtesy of head chef Drew Deckman. Candles scattered around the dining area help set a relaxed tone, while the open fireplace perfectly compliments the wooden chairs around the tables and shimmering chandelier that nonchalantly hangs from the ceiling. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Seasons
Charlottenstrasse 49
Berlin, Germany
+40 (030) 2033 6363

First Floor

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Restaurant

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After living on the cheap for a few days in Berlin, you probably will have some extra euros burning a hole in your pocket. Forget about saving them for your next European trip or for stocking up on duty-free goods at the airport. C’mon, do you really need to feed your smoking and drinking habit any more than you already have in Germany? I didn’t think so. There’s no better way to burn some extra money than to treat yourself to an exquisite, world-renowned meal at First Floor, one of Berlin’s finest and most renowned gourmet restaurants located inside the Palace Berlin Hotel. Near the Memorial Church and the much-ballyhooed shopping strip of Kurfürstendamm, First Floor specializes in regional Ger...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

First Floor
Budapester Strasse 45
Berlin, Germany
+49 (030) 25021020