France is home to one of the world’s most revered national cuisines for a reason. Hilda Hoy donned a beret to check out the best French menus around town.
Savour every mouthful at the best French restaurants in town.
Ah, the French: known for their charming accents, impeccable fashion, and overall
joie de vivre. And, of course, their cuisine. These last two traits are surely connected: Who wouldn’t be joyful with all that good wine, cheese, and baguette to feast on?
Berlin visitors craving a taste of fine French cuisine won’t be disappointed with the options available. In the center of Mitte’s trendiest neighborhood is Bandol
Sur Mer, for example, an ultra- hip spot with a small but impeccable changing menu of fine French food ( Torstr. 167, www. bandolsurmer.de). Not lucky enough to snag one of the few tables? Try next door at sister restaurant 3 Minutes Sur
Mer (www. 3minutessurmer.de), where the menu is a small tick less fancy and the seating more plentiful.
On the other side of the city, the newly remodeled Brasserie Le Faubourg in the Sofitel Hotel just off Kurfürstendamm (Augsburger Str. 41, www. sofitel.com) is a great spot for a classy French meal. The chic, modern interior is reflected in the menu, which ventures into modern territory while staying true to hallowed French culinary traditions. Each option on the dinner menu can be ordered in its traditional version ( steak- frites with Béarnaise sauce, for example) or “nouveau” – in this case, slow- cooked steak paired with pine nuts, spinach, and beets.
Proving that fine dining needn’t break the bank is Lamazère Brasserie (Stuttgarter Platz 18, www. lamazere.de), a much- lauded dining spot that earned “Bib Gourmand” status in the revered Michelin Guide this year, a category commending great food at good value. The threecourse dinner menu for € 35 will allow you to sample various French food musts, like oeufs cocotte baked eggs, charcuterie platters, duck confit, beef tartare, and tarte
tatin for dessert. Whatever the kitchen has cooking that night, every delicacy has that
je ne sas quoi that has made French cuisine
Restaurant Le Faubourg