DIN­ING

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.

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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

so fa­mous.

Restau­rant Le Faubourg

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