Aus­tria All The Way

Where Berlin - - DINING -

Vi­enna meets Ber­lin at Aigner, a Mitte restau­rant that has not only an el­e­gant in­te­rior and a menu of de­lec­ta­ble Aus­trian and Ger­man fa­vorites go­ing for it – it also boasts an out­look onto stately Gen­dar­men­markt. Styled af­ter the gen­teel cof­fee­houses that the Aus­trian cap­i­tal is fa­mous for, Aigner adds a lo­cal touch with dishes like Bran­den­burg roast duck and “Sch­warz Rot Gold,” an ap­pe­tizer that mim­ics the three colors of the Ger­man flag: golden potato pancakes lay­ered with red­dish smoked salmon and jet-black caviar. Aus­trian clas­sics to try in­clude the schnitzel, of course – ei­ther Vi­enna-style with milk-fed veal, or with a ten­der­ized pork chop. Or go for the Tafel­spitz, a boiled beef dish that many see as the na­tional dish of Aus­tria. The restau­rant has its own vine­yard in Ger­many’s fa­mous Palati­nate wine re­gion, so the per­fect Ries­ling or Spät­bur­gun­der to pair with your meal is a given. Franzö­sis­che Str. 25. T: 030 203751850. www. aigner- gen­dar­men­

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