Berlin - I need restaurant recommendations, insider knowledge :-)
I will be travelling to Berlin for a week at the end of July - staying in Mitte - so I have a couple of questions:
1. Is there a mass closure of restaurants a la Paris during August? If so, are there some that remain open which are especially of note?
2. Can anyone recommend some nice places with terraces to eat out on? For a beer garden i was thinking of Prater but perhaps soomeone could recommend an upmarket place
3. What do people think of the following as a roll call of restos for my trip:
I don''t want to do the Michelin star thing - I'm looking to eat some german food and see the local take on other cuisines
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Check the really long post by KTA in the thread called "Berlin For the First Time"
Good list there.
2. As you are staying in Mitte I would suggest the Georgbrau over the Prater. The beer is better and the terrace is on the banks of the Spree. It is a little American Brewpubish but the terrace is nice and as I said the beer is much better.
If you make it to Schloss Charlottenburg I would visit the Luisen Brau across the street for a beer.
2. Has been answered by TK. I love Prater, but it's decidedly not "upmarket" (kinda defeats the idea of a beergarden I guess, being a casual thing and such). You might also like Lemke in the S-Bahnbögen near Hackescher Markt. The beer is good, one can sit outside and look at large groups of tourists.
3. I haven't been to Schneeweiss in a very, very long time. I loved it when they first opened, b/c it was really very well executed food at *very* budget-friendly prices. But then, at each following vist, something inevitably wasn't right -- food overdone, food underdone, etc. etc. Plus the service can be a bit slow, as can be the case with the 'hipper' places in town.
If you want really good German food at non-fancy prices, check out Renger-Patzsch in Schöneberg or Altes Europa in Mitte. Oderquelle used to be good, but I haven't been in a while either so can't vouch for it. Hartmanns in Kreuzberg is also good, as is Horvath.
Margaux has outstanding food, but I find the atmosphere a tad bit stuffy (plus I believe it has one Michelin star). Have you considered Weinbar Rutz, Paris-Moskau, or Traube?
Paparazzi remains one of my favorite Italian restos in Berlin, and I have rarely been disappointed. The pasta is simply fantastic.
Edd's has the best Thai food in town.
Bandol sur mer has been recommended in another post mentioned upthread, but I was highly disappointed. Perhaps having had Brangelina stop in for a quick meal two years ago went to their heads.
Also avoid: Fleischerei, and pretty much any resto on Oranienburger Str.
Feel free to ask follow-up questions!