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I am in Berlin for four days, staying in the Mitte neighborhood and need some dinner suggestions:

1) I will be dinning with my boss who loves food and I would love to take him to a cool interesting spot with a tasting menu with wine or beer pairings. Any suggestions would be great...possibly within the Mitte district.

2) I would really like a suggestion of some place interesting. I am from Detroit like to try either really unique ethnic food or some traditional German food that I can't get at home.

Also spending 4 days in Belgrade. I don't know much about Serbian cuisine so any suggestions of restaurants would be of help.

Thanks in advance.

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    1. My definition of unique is a meal that I could only get in Berlin and that I have no possibility of encountering in my native Detroit. We have an abundance of Lebanese and Arabic food in Detroit and decent asian options (Thai, Viet, Chinese and Japanese) so maybe some very authentic German cuisine or ethnic food that is a specialty of Berlin (i.e. Washington DC and ethiopian food)

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      1. re: fburks

        Well, you clearly had a chance to read my reply before the mods pulled it (for the last sentence referring to my blog, which is a big No-No apparently, even if the whole rest of the post is informative AND directs you to numerous other Berlin posts. Oh well).

        Here it is again for your reading pleasure. Did you find anything that sounded interesting? Turkish would probably be the way to go.

        If money is not an issue, check out either Weinbar Rutz or Reinstoff for that fancy tasting menu with your boss.

        Please define "unique ethnic food" -- Berlin has a huge Turkish immigrant population, so if that's something you cannot get in Detroit, I'd say go for it. There is also very good Greek & Italian to be had, but obviously not as.... exotic for an American, I guess.

        For Turkish home-style cooking, check out Mercan on Wiener Str. in Kreuzberg. Or you can 'local chain' it and check out one of the Hasir locations in either MItte, Schöneberg or Kreuzberg. I'm not a fan of the Mitte location, however, b/c it mainly caters to busloads of tourists (no offense to any buses or tourists, but it is what it is).

        You should definitely have a döner kebap (all over town) -- Berlin's most famous street food, or try the ubiquitous currwurst (Bier's & Spieße, U & S-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße).

        Lastly, for a great traditional German/Austrian meal, I'd head over to Gasthaus zum Mitterhofer or Jolesch. A more modern take on German cuisine (and more leaning towards southern/Alsatian cooking) with regional and seasonal ingredients can be found at Renger-Patzsch.

        Do check out some of the older threads on Berlin -- lots of information there, and you may just find exactly what you are looking for.

        1. re: linguafood

          Hi,
          Lingua is great with her suggestions. You can't go wrong with anything she suggests. Mercan and Renger-Patzsch (at both end of the spectrum would be my choice).
          Lingua, my son and I just spent 2 weeks in Turkey. The food was FAB- from the hole in the wall kebab places where they cooked it while you waited to the more expensive restaurants where they weighed your whole fish and then cooked it and served it to your table. And the mezes (appetizers) were great too. I don't think we had a bad meal.

          1. re: suzieq4

            suzieq, thanks for that :-)

            I try my best to be the culinary ambassador of Berlin, which occasionally still gets a bad rap in terms of food.

            Jealous of your Turkey trip. I'm hoping to make it (at least) to Istanbul next summer.

            1. re: linguafood

              Lingua,
              Instanbul is the best food wise - re highs and lows. I didn't really eat at the highs but I felt I was eating at the high end since everything was so delicious. I'll post my comments in the next week or so. Trying to get over jet lag. There are some great food choices.