DIN­ING

Yodel-ay-hee-hoo. Hilda Hoy checked out Mitte’s Alpen­stück restau­rant to dis­cover a chic, charm­ing spot for Alpine-in­spired cui­sine.

Where Berlin - - Contents - Garten­str. 9, café Schröder­str. 1. T: 030 21751646. www. alpen­stueck.com

For Alpine-in­spired cui­sine with­out yo­del­ing and Leder­ho­sen, head to Alpen­stück restau­rant and cáfe.

Fancy an Alpine ex­cur­sion? On a cor­ner in a res­i­den­tial quar­ter of Mitte, a piece of the Alps has taken over. With a restau­rant, a bak­ery/café, and a fine foods shop housed in three sep­a­rate store­fronts at the in­ter­sec­tion of Garten­straße and Schröder­straße,

Alpen­stück is the go-to ad­dress for Alpine- in­spired cui­sine in Berlin, draw­ing its culi­nary style from the Ger­man, Bavar­ian, Aus­trian, and Swabian tra­di­tions.

Open for din­ner ev­ery evening, the restau­rant spe­cial­izes in re­fined home­style cook­ing with a ded­i­ca­tion to qual­ity meat and pro­duce. Ex­act­ing culi­nary stan­dards aside, this is crowd- pleas­ing com­fort food to the max, with dishes like Maultaschen, over­sized ravi­oli- like pasta pouches stuffed with meat; crispy breaded veal schnitzel served the tra­di­tional Vi­en­nese way with potato and cu­cum­ber salad; and

Spät­zle, home­made egg noo­dles gooey with melted cheese. Sea­sonal spe­cial­ties might in­clude poached asparagus, risotto with chanterelle mush­rooms, or re­gional fish and game.

The café just across the street looks after break­fast and lunch, serv­ing hearty plat­ters of breads, cheeses, and cold cuts in the morn­ings and an ab­bre­vi­ated list of the restau­rant’s of­fer­ings as lunch spe­cials. Or just visit to stock up on the bak­ery’s sour­dough rye loaves, crusty buns with car­away seeds, or clas­sic doughy pret­zels sprin­kled with rock salt.

Es­tab­lish­ments of this sort tend to kit them­selves out in a quaint, hy­per­rus­tic style, but Alpen­stück’s in­te­rior is coolly chic in con­trast. Just the thing for ur­ban­ites yearn­ing for a yo­del­ing- and

Leder­ho­sen- free moun­tain ex­pe­ri­ence.

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