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