CHAR­LOT­TEN­BURG– WILMERSDORF

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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

Glass

Mediter­ranean. A 2013 ad­di­tion to the west-end gourmet scene, Glass is the baby of Is­raeli chef Gal Ben Moshe. Guests in the sleek, mod­ern space get wowed with an in­no­va­tive tast­ing menu that changes daily and the show-stop­ping “Candy Box” dessert, which in­cludes a cho­co­late mousse frozen ta­ble­side with liq­uid nitrogen. €€€. Daily D, closed Sun– Mon. www.glass­ber­lin.de. Uh­land­str. 195. T: 030.54710861. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3

Kushi­noya

Ja­panese. This up­scale Ja­panese res­tau­rant makes fried fin­ger-food taste gourmet. The spe­cialty is kushi­age, skew­ers of del­i­cate morsels like steak cubes, quail eggs, or shi­itake mush­room caps that are lightly breaded and fried us­ing a spe­cial non- greasy tech­nique. www.kushi­noya.de. Bleib­treustr. 6. T: 030.31809897. S Sav­i­gny­platz. B4

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, and beef tartare. €€€. Tue-Sun D. www.lamazere.de. Stuttgarter Platz 18. T: 030.31800712. S Char­lot­ten­burg. B4

Paris Bar

French. Many celebri­ties – in­clud­ing Madonna, Sophia Loren, and Robert De Niro – have pa­tron­ized this West Berlin in­sti­tu­tion over the years. The bistro- style menu in­cludes French clas­sics like oys­ters and steak-frites, though the leg­end alone is enough to draw guests. €€€. Daily L&D. www.paris­bar.net. Kantstr. 152. T: 030.3138052. S Sav­i­gny­platz. C4

Res­tau­rant Le Faubourg

Mediter­ranean. This classy res­tau­rant fea­tures mod­ern art and a stylish in­te­rior along­side clas­sic and up­dated French cui­sine. In­side Ho­tel Sof­i­tel Kur­fürs­ten­damm, this is the per­fect spot for a posh busi­ness lunch or ro­man­tic din­ner. A siz­able se­lec­tion of starters tempts as much as the sump­tu­ous mains and desserts. €€. Daily L&D. A recipe by risotto-cham­pion Hol­ger Zur­brüggen, chef at Balt­hazar Spreeufer 2 (Niko­laivier­tel). 160 g Carnaroli rice ½ bunch Thai basil 1 red onion 4 Tbsp Turk­ish yo­gurt 10 spears as­para­gus, ei­ther white or green 1 lemon 4 Tbsp grated parme­san cheese 2 Tbsp olive oil 480 ml as­para­gus or veg­etable stock salt and pep­per PREPA­RA­TION: Re­move the woody ends of the as­para­gus, peel if nec­es­sary, and slice thinly. Dice the onion and add it to a pan to­gether with the rice, the as­para­gus, and some but­ter. Sauté lightly un­til the onions are translu­cent, then add the hot veg­etable stock. Sea­son with salt and cook slowly on low heat un­til the rice is al dente, ap­prox­i­mately 15 min­utes. Stir in the juice of the lemon, torn basil leaves, grated parme­san, and olive oil. Let rest for 1 minute, then stir in the yo­gurt and serve. Scan this ar­ti­cle with

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