CHAR­LOT­TEN­BURG– WILMERS­DORF

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Gag­naire, the menu has clear French in­flu­ences while dar­ing to in­cor­po­rate fla­vors from In­dia, the Mid­dle East, and fur­ther afield. €€€€. Daily D, closed Sun. www.wal­dor­fas­to­ri­aber­lin.com. Har­den­bergstr. 28. T: 030.8140000. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten, U Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4

Lorenz Ad­lon Essz­im­mer

The Ho­tel Ad­lon restau­rant boasts two Miche­lin stars and a well- earned spot in the up­per ech­e­lon of Berlin’s finest restau­rants. No de­tail is spared in the cre­ation of an un­for­get­table din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, presided over by chef Hen­drik Otto. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.loren­zad­lon- essz­im­mer.de. Un­ter den Lin­den 77. T: 030.2661196. S+U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Markus Semm­ler

Named “Restau­ra­teur of the Year” in 2000—amongst many other awards and dis­tinc­tions— Markus Semm­ler has launched a new solo project. In his restau­rant, he serves ex­pertly han­dled Ger­man clas­sics with a fine-tuned sense for qual­ity. Wed–Sat D. www.kochkunst-ereignisse. de. Säch­sis­che Str. 7 T: 030.89068290. U Ade­nauer­platz. B4

No­bel­hart & Sch­mutzig

Restau­rant Richard

Re­in­stoff

Rutz

Skyk­itchen

Part of the an­del’s Ho­tel, Skyk­itchen brings a wel­come touch of lux­ury to the Licht­en­berg dis­trict and was ac­cord­ingly crowned with a Miche­lin star in 2014. Try chef Alexan­der Koppe’s four- course “From Berlin to the Sea” re­gional menu for mod­ern takes on tra­di­tional fa­vorites. €€€. Tue–Sat D. www.vi- ho­tels.com. Landsberger Allee 106. T: 030.4530532620. S Landsberger Allee.

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. RudiDutschke-Str. 26. T: 030.25937930. U Kochstraße. E4 Weinkellerei in­di­cates that a wine was made with grapes not grown

by the wine­maker. El­e­vat­ing the con­cept of eat­ing lo­cally and sea­son­ally to ex­cep­tional gourmet heights, No­bel­hart & Sch­mutzig serves im­pres­sive 10-course din­ners high­light­ing the fla­vors and tex­tures of the best in­gre­di­ents they could get their hands on. A wel­com­ing at­mos­phere and charis­matic host only add to the ex­pe­ri­ence. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www. no­bel­har­tund­schmutzig.com. Friedrich­str. 218. T: 030.25940610. U Kochstraße. 4E

Pauly Saal

The chic, hip dé­cor is matched by a menu of equally cre­ative Ger­man cui­sine, which was awarded a Miche­lin star in 2013. Meat dishes made from lo­cal game are a high­light. €€€. Daily L&D, closed Sun. www.paulysaal.com. Au­gust­str. 11–13. T: 030.33006070. S Oranien­burger Straße. E2 The non­de­script street be­lies the splen­dor of Richard’s gourmet creations and in­te­rior, which in­cludes carved wooden ceil­ings and stained­glass. The 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture gets a mod­ern boost from the dé­cor. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www. restau­rant-richard.de. Köpenicker Str. 174. T: 030.49207242. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4 Chef Daniel Achilles didn’t earn two Miche­lin stars by play­ing it safe. The two nightly din­ner menus at Re­in­stoff – one fo­cused on re­gional tastes, the other in­cor­po­rat­ing in­flu­ences from far­ther afield – are suc­cess­ful ex­per­i­ments in ex­cit­ing, avant­garde cui­sine. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.re­in­stoff.eu. Sch­legel­str. 26c. T: 030.30881214. U Naturkun­de­mu­seum, S Nord­bahn­hof. E2 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

Vau

At once lux­u­ri­ous and min­i­mal­ist, 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 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

Balt­hazar

Mod­ern Euro­pean. Deep in the heart of the chic west, Balt­hazar has been a go-to des­ti­na­tion for high-end din­ing since 2006. Its culi­nary con­cept of “met­ro­pol­i­tan cui­sine” takes the best of French, Ger­man, and Mediter­ranean food and adds a del­i­cate touch of cre­ative Asian in­flu­ences. When in Mitte, check out the sec­ond lo­ca­tion, Balt­hazar 2, on the Spreeufer. €€€. Daily D. www.restau­rant­balt­hazar.de. Kur­fürs­ten­damm 160. T: 030 89408477. U Ade­nauer­platz. B4

Café Win­ter­garten im Lit­er­aturhaus

Ger­man/Aus­trian. Clas­sic el­e­gance per­me­ates the high- ceilinged rooms of this café, rem­i­nis­cent of turn- of-the- cen­tury lit­er­ary sa­lons. Snag a ta­ble in the green­house-like vestibule, or set­tle down by one of the grand win­dows to enjoy break­fast, bistro- style meals, or a glass of wine. €. Daily B, L, D. www.lit­er­aturhaus- berlin.de. Fasa­nen­str. 23. T: 030.8825414. U Uh­land­straße. C4

La­mazère Brasserie

French. Proof that fine din­ing needn’t break the bank is La­mazère Brasserie, a much-lauded din­ing spot that earned “Bib Gour­mand” sta­tus in the revered Miche­lin Guide, a cat­e­gory com­mend­ing great food at good value. The three- course 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. €€€. Tue-Sun D. www.lamazere.de. Stuttgarter Platz 18. T: 030.31800712. S Char­lot­ten­burg. B4

Restau­rant Le Faubourg

Mediter­ranean. This classy restau­rant fea­tures mod­ern art and a crisp, stylish in­te­rior along­side its

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