Wine & Dine

Where Berlin - - DINING -

Just as you can’t al­ways judge a book by its cover, you can’t al­ways judge a res­tau­rant by the sign hang­ing out front. A short block south of bustling Rosen­thaler Platz in the heart of Mitte, Muret la Barba an­nounces it­self with a plain red “Wein” on its façade. And although the shop does sell great Ital­ian wines sourced from across the boot-shaped coun­try, it’s also so much more than a wine store. Ev­ery day, the kitchen whips up sim­ple but top- qual­ity lunches and din­ners, fea­tur­ing home­made pas­tas, tasty risot­tos, and an­tipasti and sal­ads with fresh buf­falo moz­zarella, as well as a few meat and fish dishes. The ever- chang­ing menu takes ad­van­tage of sea­sonal pro­duce and gourmet cheeses and char­cu­terie im­ported from – where else? – Italy. The staff will be happy to rec­om­mend a wine off the shelf to pair with your meal, and if it’s a new fa­vorite, you can stock up on a few bot­tles to take home. Rosen­thaler Str. 61. T: 030 28097212. www.muret­labarba.de Sch­legel­str. 26c. T: 030.30881214. U Naturkun­de­mu­seum, S Nord­bahn­hof. E2

Rutz

Wine bar, wine shop, and res­tau­rant in one, Rutz of­fers per­fectly paired meals by Chef Marco Müller, whose six-, eight-, and 10- course “In­spi­ra­tion Menus” com­bine sim­ple yet di­verse in­gre­di­ents into cre­ative taste sen­sa­tions. €€€€. Tue–Sun D. www.rutz-wein­bar.de. Chausseestr. 8. T: 030.24628760. U Oranien­burger Tor. E4

Tim Raue

From his hum­ble begin­nings grow­ing up in Kreuzberg, Tim Raue has be­come one of the best­known culi­nary names in Ber­lin. Plumb­ing the Far East for in­spi­ra­tion, his name­sake res­tau­rant serves re­fined in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Asian cui­sine, such as his famed per­sonal take on Pek­ing duck. €€€€. Tue– Sun L&D. www.tim-raue.com. Rudi- Dutschke-Str. 26. T: 030.25937930. U Kochstraße. E4

Vau

Man­ag­ing to be both lux­u­ri­ous and min­i­mal­ist at the same time, the Miche­lin- starred Vau is one of the high­est cal­iber restau­rants in the city. Headed by star chef Kolja Klee­berg, who has since ex­panded upon his fame with a TV cook­ing show, the Vau kitchen com­bines the best of French and Ger­man culi­nary tra­di­tions. €€€€. Mon–Sat L&D. www.vau- ber­lin.de. Jäger­str. 54-55. T: 030.2029730. U Hausvogteiplatz. E3

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