MITTE

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3 Min­utes sur Mer

French. The lit­tle bistro sis­ter of next- door Ban­dol Sur Mer, 3 Min­utes still cap­tures the re­fined, un­pre­ten­tious French culi­nary style of its neigh­bor, with just a few lit­tle dif­fer­ences: Lunch is also served, there’s much more seat­ing, and the menu is just a small tick less fancy. €€. Daily L&D. www.3min­utes­surmer.de. Torstr. 167. T: 030.67302052. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Al Con­tadino Sotto Le Stelle

Ital­ian. A neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite, this restau­rant’s Ital­ian own­ers take pride in sourc­ing top- qual­ity in­gre­di­ents di­rectly from their home coun­try. Be­sides the home­made pas­tas, the cre­ative, sea­sonal an­tipasti are a menu high­light. Their nextdoor moz­zarella bar serves fresh moz­zarella and bur­rata made by hand near Naples. €€. Daily D, closed Tue. www.al­con­tadino.eu. Au­gust­str. 36. T: 030.2819023. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Ban­dol Sur Mer

French. This tiny, hip, and very trendy French restau­rant de­serves ac­co­lades for its food, though part of its pop­u­lar­ity is no doubt due to the fact that Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie fa­mously dined here. Reser­va­tions a must. €€–€€€. Daily D. www.ban­dol­surmer.de. Torstr. 167. T: 030.67302051. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Bor­chardt

Ger­man/French. A fa­vorite hob­nob­bing spot of the rich and fa­mous, Bor­chardt is pop­u­lar for both its food as well as the op­por­tu­nity to see and be seen. Be sure to try the house spe­cialty, the schnitzel. €€. Daily L&D. www.bor­chardtrestau­rant.de. Franzö­sis­che Str. 47. T: 030.81886262. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Chicago Wil­liams BBQ

Amer­i­can. Culi­nary am­bas­sadors for the Amer­i­can BBQ tra­di­tion, Chicago Wil­liams spe­cial­izes in meat and more meat. Or­der a combo of sticky ribs, pulled pork, or jerk chicken, and sides like coleslaw, mac­a­roni and cheese, or mashed pota­toes. It comes on a plas­tic tray, but with meat this de­li­cious, who needs plates? €€. Daily D. www.chicagow­illiams­bbq.de. Han­nover­sche Str. 2. T: 030.28042422. U Oranien­burger Tor. E2

Co­colo

Ja­panese. Hun­gry din­ers pack them­selves into this tiny, hole-in-the-wall noo­dle joint to slurp soupy Ja­panese ra­men noo­dles. The menu is equally small but each bowl is a mas­ter­piece. A sec­ond, much big­ger lo­ca­tion in Kreuzberg at Paul- Linck­eUfer 39- 40. €. Daily D. Gipsstr. 3. U Wein­meis­ter­straße. E2

Cook­ies Cream

Veg­e­tar­ian. A whole new kind of veg­e­tar­ian din­ing. First, there’s get­ting there, which feels more like go­ing to an un­der­ground club than a restau­rant – down a con­crete back al­ley and up graf­fi­tied stairs. Then there’s the food, veg­e­tar­ian eat­ing gone haute cui­sine, thanks to the mas­tery of celebrity chef Stephan Hentschel. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.cook­i­escream.com. Behren­str. 55. T: 030.27492940. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Dudu

Asian cre­ative. This trendy spot just off busy Rosen­thaler Platz has earned many fans with its mod­ern, fresh panAsian cui­sine. In­ven­tive fu­sion-type sushi is a main­stay of the menu, plus noo­dle and rice bowls that take ad­van­tage of Asian sea­son­ing. The daily lunch com­bos are very pop­u­lar.

€€. Daily L&D. www.dudu- ber­lin.de. Torstr. 134. T: 030.51736854. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Grill Royal

Ger­man/French. A beloved des­ti­na­tion of Mitte’s well- dressed cre­ative scen­esters. There’s more to the menu than just grilled meat, though the steaks are in­deed ex­cel­lent. Lob­ster cock­tail, ce­viche, and oys­ters are just a few other ad­di­tions to the fine menu. €€€. Daily D. www.grill­royal.com. Friedrich­str. 105b. T: 030.28879288. S Friedrich­straße. E3

Kan­tine Deluxe

Ger­man/Europan. Kan­tine may mean “cafe­te­ria” in Ger­man, but Kan­tine Deluxe aims for the quick, con­ve­nient ser­vice of a cafe­te­ria – the food is a big step above. Din­ers place their own or­ders via a handy tablet sys­tem, choos­ing from an af­ford­able menu of soups, sal­ads, piz­zas, and pas­tas. Clas­sic fa­vorites like lin­guine aglio e olio and chicken Cae­sar salad are on of­fer, as well as more gourmet op­tions like gor­gonzola- pear penne. €. Span­dauer Str. 2. T: 030.34392626. S Hack­escher Markt, S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Katz Or­ange

Ger­man/Euro­pean. Housed in a for­mer brew­ery, the warm, stylish in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion of this restau­rant is met with a menu of top- qual­ity, up­dated com­fort foods. The kitchen’s pride and joy is the “Slow Food” sec­tion of the menu, star­ring 12- hour, sous vide roasted pork neck, ribs, or lamb shoul­der. €€. Daily D, closed Sun. www.kat­zo­r­ange.com. Bergstr. 22. T: 030.983208430. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Lebens­mit­tel in Mitte

Ger­man. South­ern Ger­man cui­sine is com­fort food to the max, no mat­ter your na­tion­al­ity. From slow- roasted meats with mashed pota­toes to cheesy Spaet­zle noo­dles, Lebens­mit­tel in Mitte serves Swabian and Bavar­ian dishes for lunch and din­ner in a cozy, quaint, yet hip set­ting. €-€€. Mon–Sat L&D. Rochstr. 2. T: 030.27596130. U Wein­meis­ter­straße. F3

Lokal

Ger­man. It should come as lit­tle sur­prise that Lokal fo­cuses on lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and re­gional cui­sine. Mod­ern, in­spired, and cre­ative dishes, like pump­kin- quince soup and beet cheese­cake topped with nut­meg ice cream, ap­pear on a menu that changes daily. The lunch spe­cials are a great deal. €€. Tue– Fri L&D, Sat– Mon D. www.lokalber­lin.blogspot.de. Linien­str. 160. T: 030.28449500. U Rosen­thaler Platz, S Oranien­burger Straße. E2

Max­i­m­il­ians

Ger­man. Max­i­m­il­ians recre­ates the feel of a cozy Bavar­ian beer hall with hearty food and plen­ti­ful beer to match. Meaty spe­cial­ties in­clude pork knuckle served with dumplings and sauer­kraut, freshly baked pret­zels, and the tempt­ing “Mu­nich sausage pa­rade.” From the four kinds of Paulaner beer on tap to the warm hospi­tal­ity, Max­i­m­il­ians goes to great lengths to trans­port a piece of Bavaria to the heart of Mitte. €–€€. Daily L&D. www. max­i­m­il­ian­srestau­rant.de. Friedrich­str. 185-190. T: 030.20450559. U Stadt­mitte. E3

Muret La Barba

Ital­ian. Part wine shop, part restau­rant, Muret la Barba’s walls are lined with ex­cel­lent Ital­ian wines to be en­joyed in-house or pur­chased for home. To go with the wine, there are daily lunch and din­ner menus that in­clude a short but com­pre­hen­sive range of ex­pertly pre­pared meat, pasta, and veg­etable dishes. €€. Daily L&D. www. muret­labarba.de. Rosen­thaler Str. 61. T: 030.28097212. U Wein­meis­ter­straße. F2

Nante Eck

Ger­man. With de­light­ful dishes from Ber­lin’s tra­di­tional cui­sine and a menu that changes ev­ery month, the Nante Eck res­tu­rant of­fers a re­fined cui­sine made with fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Spe­cial­ties range from the ex­tra- big cur­ry­wurst with potato and cu­cum­ber salad to Flammkuchen pies, to a num­ber of meat dishes. Very long beer menu. €. Daily L&D in sum­mer. www.nante- eck.de. Un­ter den Lin­den 35. T: 030.22487257. S Friedrich­straße, U Franzö­sis­che Straße. F2

Sra Bua

Thai/Ja­panese. Ber­lin’s home- grown star chef Tim Raue has done it again. Sra Bua, in the Ho­tel Ad­lon, is his lat­est restau­rant to show off his love for the cuisines of Asia. Guests can ex­pect only the most high- cal­iber Thai and Ja­panese cook­ing, and the Raue spe­cialty: cur­ries that are re­fined yet ex­plod­ing with fla­vor. €€€. Tue-Sat D. www.srabuaad­lon.de. Behren­str. 72. T: S+U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Them­roc

French/Euro­pean. This small, buzzing restau­rant main­tains a fine bal­ance between ca­su­al­ness and cool­ness. The day’s three- course meal is writ­ten on a black­board, and that’s what guests will get. Thanks to the chefs’ culi­nary tal­ents, how­ever, sub­mit­ting to the sur­prise menu is a risk-free en­ter­prise. €€. Daily D. www.them­roc- ber­lin.de. Torstr. 183. T: 030.2824474. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Yosoy

Span­ish. From gar­licky mush­rooms to spicy olives, from aioli-topped golden pota­toes to crispy cala­mari and cro­quettes of Iberian ham, all the beloved Span­ish tapas clas­sics are on of­fer at this Span­ish restau­rant, as well as more sub­stan­tial mains like paella. Re­fuel from sight­see­ing and shop­ping with their all-you- can- eat tapas lunch spe­cial, on of­fer ev­ery week­day for €9. €€. Daily L&D. Rosen­thaler Str. 37. T: 030 28391213. www.yosoy.de. S Hack­escher Markt, U Wein­meis­ter­straße. F2

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