Have I made some good choices for restaurants in Berlin?
Myself and the other half will be visiting Berlin for the first item next week. I have had a quick scan of the net and guide books and the following seem decent, but not too expensive. Any hints or tips on which ones are well worth a visit and which ones to avoid would be much appreciated. Plus if any need advance bookings of more than a couple of days please let me know so I can start getting booking now!
Bandol sue mer
Zur Letzten Instanz
Zille – stube
Restaurant Hackescher Hof
.wirtshaus zum mitterhofer
Bandol sur mer -- go to 3 minutes instead (it's right next door, they have more outdoor seating and less attitude (even though it's the same owners)
Zur Letzten Instanz (tourist trap, not worth it)
Emmas (never heard of it)
Zille – stube (tourist trap)
Brauhaus mitte (go to brauerei lemke instead)
Schwarwaldstuben (go to the beisl am tacheles instead)
Monsieur vuong (solid vietnamese)
Nord Sud (you already have a french place with 3 minutes, i'd kick this one out)
Restaurant Hackescher Hof (tourist trap, decent coffee tho)
Jolesch & Mitterhofer are both in Kreuzberg, not Charlottenburg. They're also both Austrian, so I'd choose one. They are both very good, with Mitterhofer being the better deal.
Café brel (ok bar, not sure why you've singled this one out?)
Renger-Patzsch (always good)
La Cocotte (another French place, cheaper than 3 minutes but it might depend on where in town you are staying)
Maultaschen Manufaktur (decent Swabian)
Lavaderia vecchia (never heard of it)
Café Jacques (is in KREUZBERG, dec Mediterranean food, but not worth traveling)
Aroma (much better pizza -- in fact, the best in town @Due Forni in Prenzlauer Berg
Trattoria Paparazzi (decent pasta, not more, not less)
Schwarzer Hahn (don't know it)
Pantry / Friedrichstr. - Asian/Mediterranean fusion, very interesting menu.
Katz Orange / Bergstr. - best fries (goose fat) in town and a lovely veal tartare.
You've got a fairly long list there -- not sure how long you're staying, but it seems like you've got plenty to choose from.
Had the pleasure of spending a little more than a week in Berlin--our first time and we loved it. As New Yorkers it feels familiar. We wanted to give something back since we used these Chow boards to find some great places to eat--so thanks to those of you that asked and answered.
unknown Vietnamese restaurant at Zossener Straße 25 (lunch: bún and glass noodle salad)
Solid, fresh and almost dirt cheap. We were fresh off the p;and and sleep deprived so we didn't write the name down.
(late night snack, assorted "Mexican" plate, not very good)
(dinner: käsespätzle; Linz sausage loaf)
We really enjoyed this meal.
(dinner: raw broccoli salad, pulled pork for 2, good cocktails; they take credit)
One of the best meals we had. Really nice people there though it turned into a bit of a scene there at 10 pm.
(lunch: stuffed peppers, bratwurst plate, good beer
)Very convenient to Museums island; decent but don't go out of your way.
Hamburger Bahnhof cafe)
(snack: currywurst--I know, crazy, especially since we were staying a block from Konnopke's and couldn't manage to get there when they were open, but it was circumstantial. Such is life. The point is, don't bother with the Hamburger Bahnhof's currywurst unless you're on your third Museumspass day, starving at 4 pm, and unable to go further.
> Prenzlauer Berg
(dinner: chicken wings, lime fish, Sumatra chicken, yellow curry)
Incredibly cheap, very tasty and they take credit.
(dinner: watermelon shake, kimchee, bún, phò-ish thing)
very good, busy, beautiful flower arrangements, and they take credit
(dinner: olives pretzels, pickle, lamb sausage, polish sausage, curry potato soup, fresh beer)
Excellent, the best beer garden we visited. Loved the pretzels, soup and the polish sausage.
(dinner: I had the fixed menu--octopus salad; spring risotto; mascarpone mousse, at what I thought was a very reasonable €29--E had pork tenderloin; they take credit
)One of the best meals we had.
(snack: currywurst, bio beer
)We really liked their currywurst.
(dinner: penne with chanterelles and cherry tomatoes, local beef sausage with kraut, etc)
One of the best meals we had.
Watzke (sp?) beer garden
Excellent all around--beer and food. Very few tourists since it takes a little (but not much!) extra effort to get there.