Catch Of The Day

For a mem­o­rable meal, fol­low the stars. Hilda Hoy checked out Fis­ch­ers Fritz, holder of two Miche­lin stars and un­doubt­edly one of Ber­lin’s most lux­u­ri­ous din­ing spots.

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Some­times, noth­ing but deca­dence will do. For a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of un­par­al­leled luxury, head to Fis­ch­ers Fritz, the Re­gent Ber­lin Ho­tel restau­rant that is one of the few Ber­lin lo­cales to hold two Miche­lin stars, a ti­tle it’s held onto for the past seven years.

The restau­rant’s charm­ing name comes from a well- known Ger­man tongue twis­ter ( Fis­ch­ers Fritz fis­cht frische Fis­che, or “Fritz Fis­cher fishes for fresh fish”) and not sur­pris­ingly for a restau­rant named af­ter a fish­ing rhyme, the finest seafood fea­tures promi­nently on the menu. Start the meal with oys­ters or roasted scal­lops and choose from main dishes like roasted Bre­ton lob­ster or a whole wild sea bass, baked in a thick salt crust to make the flesh ex­tra ten­der. The French- lean­ing menu also fea­tures in­dul­gent clas­sics like foie gras ter­rine, frogs’ legs, or veal kid­neys with rich Béar­naise sauce. In spite of the for­mal set­ting, chef Chris­tian Lohse’s tal­ent lies in adding in­ven­tive, sur­pris­ing touches of fla­vor to his very clas­sic culi­nary foun­da­tion, with re­sults like a chili- and- co­rian­der- spiked lob­ster or a dessert cre­ation of can­died egg­plant scented with aca­cia blos­soms.

The deca­dence, nat­u­rally, ex­tends to the am­bi­ence: Seat­ing is ar­ranged through­out a se­ries of grandiose, in­ter­con­nected rooms, mak­ing each ta­ble feel pri­vate and lux­u­ri­ously spa­cious. Pride is taken in the im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice, well honed to be friendly but not overly ca­sual, ex­pert and in­for­ma­tive but not over­bear­ing. And luxury needn’t always have its price – the three- course lunch menu for € 47 puts deca­dence within eas­ier reach.

Char­lot­ten­str. 49. T: 030 20336363. www. fis­ch­ers­fritzber­lin. com

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