Hilda Hoy loves vintage old spaces and a good piece of beef, so Fleischerei was naturally on her list of restaurants to try.
The ideal meat-lover's restaurant, Fleischerei, is appropriately located in a former butcher's shop.
The name means “butcher,” and one look at the interior makes it clear that this name is no coincidence. Fleischerei restaurant in Mitte is housed in a roomy storefront space that was formerly home to an actual butcher, and with original tiles still running the length of its walls, floors, and even its façade, it isn’t ashamed to show it.
From the scrawled neon sign above the doorway, cleanly designed tables, chalkboards on the walls, to the grandiose chandelier dangling from the ceiling, the space has been transformed from its utilitarian past into a classy, hip space that is both minimal and welcoming. Massive windows look out onto busy Schönhauser Allee, prompting passersby to throw curious glances at the warm, candlelit tables inside.
Though the daily lunch specials branch out, the dinner menu focuses, unsurprisingly, on meat, meat, and more meat; vegetarians will find their options few and far between.
For steak lovers that want to put the restaurant’s butcher heritage to the test,
“Vegetarians will find their options few and far between.”
three delectable cuts of beef are on offer: entrecôte, tenderloin, and a hefty one-kilo hunk of Irish Côte de boeuf rib, designed to be shared by two or even three hungry adults. Non-beefy portions of the menu are hearty as well: schnitzel, roasted lamb, duck liver parfait, or “Heaven & Earth” – blood sausage on a bed of apples and potato mash.
Like many places in Berlin, Fleischerei represents the potential of transforming the old into something new – with delicious results.
Schönhauser Allee 8. T: 030 50182117. www.fleischerei-berlin.com.