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

Ba­likci Ergün

Turk­ish. This quirky, hole-in-the-wall restau­rant, with the look and feel of a fish mar­ket, serves fresh seafood the tra­di­tional Turk­ish way. Whole fried sar­dines and grilled fil­lets of the catch of the day are served sim­ply with lush sal­ads, le­mon wedges, and warm Turk­ish bread. €€. Daily D. Lüneb­urger Str. 382. T: 030.3975737. S Belle­vue. D3

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.bor­chardt-restau­rant.de. Franzö­sis­che Str. 47. T: 030.81886262. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Café Ein­stein Stammhaus

Ger­man/Aus­trian. The 1878 villa hous­ing this Vi­en­nese- style cof­fee house has sur­vived a long and sto­ried his­tory. To­day, the es­tab­lish­ment is back to its for­mer grandeur, a lovely spot for a meal or to while away the af­ter­noon with a cof­fee and some­thing to read. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.cafee­in­stein.com. Kur­fürsten­str. 58. T: 030.26391918. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

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

DID YOU KNOW? The av­er­age Ger­man con­sumes 112.5 liters of beer per year.

Asian cre­ative. This trendy spot just off busy Rosen­thaler Platz has earned many fans with its mod­ern, fresh pan-Asian cui­sine. In­ven­tive fu­sion­type 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

Käfer Dach­garten-Restau­rant of the Ger­man Bun­destag

Ger­man. The Re­ich­stag is much more than a sight­see­ing des­ti­na­tion. Thanks to the culi­nary team be­hind Käfer, it’s a fine din­ing des­ti­na­tion too. Lo­cated on the roof of the Re­ich­stag build­ing, the restau­rant boasts splen­did views in ad­di­tion to the re­fined, mod­ern Ger­man cui­sine. Book­ing needed. Due to se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions, each guest must pro­vide of­fi­cial photo I.D. upon en­try. €€€. Daily B, L, D. www. feinkost-kae­fer.de. Carl-Schurz-Straße 49A. T: 030 22629900. U Bun­destag, S Bran­den­burger Tor. D3/E3.

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