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
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
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
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
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
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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
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.