Berlin in June
My wife and I will probably be staying at the Hotel Adlon, near the Brandenburg Gate. This is a work trip but it's also our 40th wedding anniversary.
I'm interested in lunch/dinner places that enjoy serving local foods, organ meats, beer and wine. Sort of upscale mom and pop restaurants.
I also need that one place for the 40th that will put a smile on our faces (hers more than mine).
I turned to this board for our 38th anniversary and we wound up at Onyx in Budapest. It was a good call.
Thanks in advance.
The Adlon! Swank-o-la.
For that special dinner, I'd look into Facil or Hartmanns.
You're located about as centrally as possible with great access to public transportation. That said, the Mitte neighborhood has become quite the culinary center (pun intended), so you may not eve have to leave your hood.
If you like, check out my best of Berlin entries on my blog (see my profile page). There are several new places I haven't had a chance to try as I didn't make it across the pond last summer, sadly -- but the lists are still valid and include some of my favorite places.
I would be more than happy to answer any follow-up questions you might have.
I'll also likely be in Berlin in June & will be available for advice (or a beer) on site :-)
FYI: Hartmanns is closed. The chef gave up after having insane debts he couldn't make up for anymore. This is the second Michelin-starred restaurant in Berlin closing this year (the other one is Margaux).
Facil is still up and running, however. And who knows what's new by June.
Just thought I'd give ya a heads up....
From your description these are the places I would recommend for German food lunch/dinner:
1) La Soupe Populaire by Tim Raue
2) Markthalle 9
3) Renger Patzch
As for special occassions my personal favourites are Reinstoff and Tim Raue (Facil is good too but a bit impersonal I feel (a common problem with German top restaurants)).