Richard’s Riches

Where Berlin - - DINING -

Berlin is filled with many spe­cial lit­tle cor­ners, so it’s not ev­ery day that a restau­rant in­te­rior can take your breath away from the first glance. But Richard is un­de­ni­ably stun­ning, bring­ing to­gether a grand mid-1800s space – fea­tur­ing carved wooden ceil­ings and stained- glass win­dows – with con­tem­po­rary de­sign ac­cents such as glass globe chan­de­liers and strik­ing mod­ern art. (For more about the story be­hind Richard and its cre­ator, turn to page 58 for our in­ter­view with founder Hans Richard.) The restau­rant, which earned its first Miche­lin star in 2015, does its own un­der­stated, re­fined take on French cui­sine, chang­ing the menu monthly to take ad­van­tage of the bounty of the sea­son. I can’t de­cide what I en­joyed the most: the per­fectly seared scal­lop on a pud­dle of parsnip puree; the ten­der, medium-rare veni­son plated with roast chicory and crunchy toasted quinoa; the co­conut mousse with saf­fron-scented pineap­ple wedges; or sim­ply the classy art-filled scenery. Luck­ily I don’t have to choose, be­cause an even­ing at Richard has it all – mem­o­rable food and lo­ca­tion both. On week­ends, there’s only one seating per even­ing, the aim be­ing to cre­ate a re­laxed at­mos­phere, with din­ers loung­ing late into the night on the plush ban­quettes. – Hilda Hoy

Köpenicker Str. 174. T: 030 49207242. www.restau­

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