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de­signed for shar­ing, tempts as much as do the sump­tu­ous main dishes and desserts. €€. Daily L&D. www.sof­i­ Augs­burger Str. 41. T: 030.8009990. U Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4


Ger­man. Zille­markt is steeped in old- school Ber­lin charm. For a taste, try the “Ber­liner Aller­lei” plat­ter for two, with cab­bage rolls, mushy peas, fried pota­toes, and no less than five kinds of meat. €. Daily B, L, D. Bleib­treustr. 48a. T: 030.8817040. S Sav­i­gny­platz. B4

Zwölf Apos­tel

Ital­ian. The in­te­rior of this Char­lot­ten­burg res­tau­rant is fres­coed like a Re­nais­sance church, and the famed piz­zas are named af­ter each of Je­sus’s twelve apos­tles. Re­li­gious in­flu­ences aside, the thin- crust, wood-fired piz­zas are sin­fully de­li­cious, as are the other Ital­ian menu items. Sec­ond lo­ca­tion: Ge­or­gen­str. 2, Mitte. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.12-apos­ Bleib­treustr. 49. T: 030.31 21433. S Sav­i­gny­platz. B4 sch­neeweiss- ber­ Sim­plon­str. 16. T: 030.29049704. S+U Warschauer Straße. H3


Asian Fu­sion. The long menu of ta­pas- style Thai and In­done­sian dishes, each just a few eu­ros, al­lows din­ers to cob­ble to­gether a meal en­com­pass­ing a wide range of tastes and in­gre­di­ents. When in Mitte, try their sec­ond lo­ca­tion at Rosen­thaler Str. 68. €–€€. Daily L&D. www.transit-restau­rants. com. Son­ntagstr. 28. T: 030.26948415. S Ostkreuz. Off Map

Am­rit and Mirchi

wines and home­made ta­pas. €€. Daily L&D.­lin. Friedrich­str. 211. T: 030.70228336. U Kochstraße. E3/4



Res­tau­rant Richard

Sale e Tabac­chi

Ital­ian. A stone’s throw from Check­point Char­lie, an area that’s some­thing of a culi­nary waste­land, lies this el­e­gant Ital­ian res­tau­rant known for at­tract­ing celebri­ties and jour­nal­ists from the Tageszeitung news­pa­per up­stairs. Try the ri­cotta-and mint- stuffed zuc­chini blos­soms, a pop­u­lar starter. €–€€. Daily L&D. e-tabac­ Rudi- Dutschke-Str. 23. T: 030.2521155. U Kochstraße. E4

Spindler & Klatt

Asian-Euro­pean Fu­sion. Res­tau­rant, lounge, and club in one, Spindler & Klatt makes full use of its prime river lo­ca­tion. In the sum­mer, the water­side ter­race is a mem­o­rable spot to en­joy the menu of pan-Asian dishes, from fine sushi to siz­zling tuna steaks and dry-aged Ir­ish steaks. Even in colder months, the chic, post-in­dus­trial in­te­rior – built in the 1800s as an army bak­ery – im­presses. On Fri­days and Satur­days, the spot trans­forms into a club from 23pm. €€€. Daily D. www.spindlerk­ Köpenicker Str. 16–17. T: 030.319881860. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

Ber­lin has 15 Miche­lin-starred restau­rants (20 stars

in to­tal). In­dian/Sin­ga­pore-style. Ber­lin’s most iconic In­dian res­tau­rant, Am­rit boasts four lo­ca­tions across the city, each serv­ing aro­matic cur­ries and an all- day happy hour with cock­tails un­der € 5. Its sis­ter res­tau­rant, Mirchi, serves Sin­ga­pore- style cui­sine in Kreuzberg (Oranien­str. 202) and Mitte (Oranien­burger Str. 45). Check web­site for other Am­rit lo­ca­tions. €–€€. Daily L&D.­ Oranien­str. 202-203. T: 030.28045481/82. U Gör­l­itzer Park. F4


Span­ish. Sa­vor the best Spain has to of­fer, from orig­i­nal paella to fish and meat dishes grilled on lava stone, as well as a large se­lec­tion of im­ported Café. Amer­i­can founder Cyn­thia Bar­comi was one of the first to pop­u­lar­ize Amer­i­can desserts in Ber­lin; think fudgy brown­ies, pe­can pie, and New York cheese­cake. All those and more have been on of­fer at her Kreuzberg café since 1994, as well as bagel sand­wiches, quiches, and soup. Sec­ond lo­ca­tion at So­phien­str. 21, Mitte. €. Daily B, L, D.­ Bergmannstr. 21. T: 030.6948138. U Gneise­naus­traße. E5 Turk­ish. The lit­tle Turk­ish grill house ru­mored to be the birthplace of the döner ke­bab in the 1970s has since ex­panded to six lo­ca­tions around the city. The orig­i­nal res­tau­rant, near Kot­tbusser Tor, is a very pop­u­lar spot for try­ing the full spec­trum of what Turk­ish cui­sine has to of­fer – far be­yond the ke­bab. €€. Daily L&D. Adal­bert­str. 10. T: 030.6142373. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4 French/Swiss. The in­dis­tinct street be­lies the splen­dor of Richard’s in­te­rior, com­plete with carved wooden ceil­ings and stained-glass win­dows. The 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture gets a mod­ern boost with the dé­cor, as does the menu, which com­bines Swiss and French in­flu­ences with gourmet re­sults. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.res­tau­ Köpenicker Str. 174. T: 030.49207242. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

Al Contadino Sotto Le Stelle

Ital­ian. The own­ers of this neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite take pride in sourc­ing top- qual­ity in­gre­di­ents di­rectly from their home coun­try of Italy. Be­sides the home­made pas­tas, the cre­ative, sea­sonal an­tipasti are a menu high­light. Their next- door moz­zarella bar serves fresh moz­zarella and bur­rata made by hand near Naples. €€. Daily D, closed Tue.­con­ Au­gust­str. 36. T: 030.2819023. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

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