Berlin’s back court­yards con­ceal many a hid­den trea­sure. Hilda Hoy checked out Katz Orange, a de­lec­ta­ble din­ing spot in a Mitte Hof.

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Com­fort food with a twist awaits you at restau­rant Katz Orange, tucked away in a city court­yard.

T he Katz out of the bag – tucked away in an eas­ily missed back court­yard in Mitte is a top din­ing spot that’s mak­ing waves with its blend of re­fined-yet-ap­proach­able cui­sine, a warm­hearted mix of culi­nary in­flu­ences. Housed in a for­mer 19th-cen­tury brew­ery, Katz Orange takes over two floors and the front yard of the gor­geous red-bricked build­ing. The feel inside and out is ap­proach­able and wel­com­ing with chic touches. This mar­riage of warm ca­su­al­ness and re­fined chic char­ac­ter­izes ev­ery as­pect of Katz Orange, right down to its culi­nary style, which ticks all the boxes of the cur­rent culi­nary zeit­geist: or­ganic, re­gional, sea­sonal, farm-to-ta­ble, slow food. Sources are listed on the menu, from a pur­veyor of wild game in Fürsten­berg to a mom-and-pop fish­ery in the vil­lage of Ca­puth, both in the Bran­den­burg re­gion. The qual­ity of the in­gre­di­ents is ev­i­dent in ev­ery item on the menu, from rus­tic starters like glazed veal sweet­breads with capers to en­tic­ing, cre­ative desserts like el­der­flower crème brûlée with tangy-sweet sor­rel ice cream. Think com­fort food with a re­fined twist, like the freshly cut French fries, crisped in or­ganic goose fat and paired with tar­ragon may­on­naise. Don’t pass over the “Slow Cui­sine” sec­tion of the menu, fea­tur­ing pork, beef ribs, and lamb shoul­der cooked to sous vide per­fec­tion over 12 hours. Reg­u­lar live jazz and wine tast­ings fill the space with warm sounds to match the at­mos­phere. Set­tle back with a sig­na­ture Katz Orange Saz­erac cock­tail and the night will go down even eas­ier.

“Or­ganic, re­gional, sea­sonal, farm-to-ta­ble, slow food.”

Bergstr. 22. T: 030 983208430. www.kat­zo­r­ange.com

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