Wherever she goes, our editor Oriane is always on the look-out for the best food in town. Here are her Berlin picks
After nearly 4 years in Berlin, I’ve definitely had time to try a bunch of good restaurants – from delicious (and never disappointing) classics like Katz Orange, Grill Royal, and Le Petit Royal, all the way to some more hidden gems. Here are my top ten picks for dinner. They’re all new favorites and cover an array of different foods, price ranges, and styles.
1. Les Valseuses
A lot of restaurants in Berlin offer French food, however there are only a few which serve true French bistro cuisine. Les Valseuses is one of them. It has great bistro-casual food and atmosphere, simple but efficient and with a very nice staff. On the menu you find intemporals like beef dishes with sides, but they also offer fresh daily selections: three starters and three mains, with one vegetarian, fish, and meat option in each category. I had the vegetarian one, a vegetable tarte followed by a very delicious risotto. This place reminds me of home instantly and their prices are affordable too!
Les Valseuses Restaurant
Eberswalder Str. 28
U-bahn station : U2 Eberswalder Straße
2. Lode & Stijn
I first encountered Lode & Stijn back in April 2015 during a Brunch Takeover at Silo Coffee. I’ve followed them ever since. When they opened their own restaurant in Kreuzberg this spring, I booked a table for opening week immediately – a reservation that I unfortunately had to cancel because of my too-busy schedule. So you can imagine how happy I was to finally get there, sit outside on a hot summer night, and share delicious food with a good friend! “Delicious” just isn’t strong enough to describe my dinner. Actually, “perfection” might be better. From the bitterballen to the meringue and the beef tartar, we were licking our fingers after all of these equally divine and beautifully presented plates. I will definitely come back very soon, and believe me it won’t disappoint even if (like my friend) you are a vegetarian. Thanks to Lode, Stijn, and their team for the warm welcome and great service.
Lode & Stijn
Lausitzer Str. 25
U-bahn station: U8 Schönleinstraße
Panama is by the team behind Ludwig Cramer-Klett, who also runs Katz Orange and Candy on Bone. For his new restaurant on Potsdamerstrasse, he was inspired by the children’s book Oh wie schön ist Panama by Janosch and brings together the traditional and the exotic. The chef does an amazing job: small and sophisticated dishes designed to share that include regional ingredients and a bar with über-tasty cocktails that’s not to be missed. At Panama, you definitely eat with the eyes – and not only because of how good the food looks, but because the restaurant itself is beautifully done. You won’t feel like you’re in Berlin anymore but rather in some special, faraway place. Yellow striped couches and several cacti make for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
Potsdamer Str. 91
U-bahn station: U1 Kurfürstenstraße
4. Standard – Serious Pizza
They might happen to be my neighbors, but they make the best pizza I’ve ever had in Berlin – and even Italy! The interior is very modern and trendy and their upfront customers seem to appreciate it. Florian and Alessandro, the owner and the pizzaiolo respectively, are both always smiling and I love how they ask you every time how the food was (even if, like me, you finished your whole plate with a happy face)! If you go, please order the calzone or the raqueta (a decadent mix of a pizza and a calzone.) Another recommendation? Go with a lot of friends, share a few pizzas, and save room for the two amazing dessert calzone (nutella and lemon-ricotta-honey). Yum! #alldayeverydayplease
Standard – Serious Pizza
Templiner Str. 7
U-bahn station: U2 Senefelderplatz
5. Mandolin & Cecconi’s
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Mandolin is the new restaurant on top of Soho House and it makes for a very nice substitute to traveling to eastern Europe. The interior is as beautiful as the view and I dream about their mosaic floor (#ihavethisthingwithfloors). I was a vegetarian for a few years and the Mandolin actually made me stop it! Why? And how? Because they make the most deliciously tender Köfte. I recommend ordering them paired with the grain salad composed of freekeh, farro, asparagus, and herbs. It is the perfect combination for a summer dinner outside! Cecconi’s is also new at Soho House, located at the basement and not just for members. It serves brilliant Italian food, such as lobster spaghetti, eggplant parmigiana, and veal milanese. Not to miss: the flourless chocolate cake surrounded by decadent vanilla cream!
U-bahn station: U2 Rosa Luxemburg Platz
6. Muret la Barba
Italian and French food are definitely my favorites. Who doesn’t like a beautiful plate of fresh homemade pasta? Or a juicy burrata with tomatoes and basil? NO ONE! I discovered Muret la Barba for the first time about 2 years ago – there is no name on the façade and you really don’t notice the place if you don’t already know it. And you know what? They make the best truffle pasta you will ever experience! Perfectly balanced with the sauce, and with as much truffle as pasta on your plate: a lot! I remember writing on my Instagram post: “So many truffles I can hardly see my pasta #toughlife”! They also have an amazing selection of wine. I recommend my favorite: the red Sant’Elmo Isola Dei Nuraghi. Cheers!
Muret la Barba
Rosenthaler Str. 61
U-bahn station: U8 Rosenthaler Straße
7. Café Jacques
Located on Maybachufer, this restaurant with a blue facade is a mix of French, Mediterranean, and northern African cuisine, which means they combine very French classics with starters like hummus and taboulé. This place is very cozy and romantic – it is dark, full of candles, and I like the fact that the menu is only on the wall and not printed so that everybody has to go stand to choose their food. It is, in my opinion, a great option for a date! Original and unique, and the location is perfect if you want to end the evening with a nice walk along the canal.
U-bahn station: U8 Schönleinstraße
8. Beuster Bar
Beuster combines great French classics like coq au vin, steak tartare, and crème brulée with a cool and trendy atmosphere. They recently updated their menu, and from now on you can also find some healthy options like the great quinoa bowl composed of avocado, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. This place is as good for drinks as for dinner, and I like their selection of cocktails. And lucky me, they make my favorite not-always-easy-to find one: the espresso martini. If you don’t know it, it is basically like drinking a tiramisu and the effect for the caffeine sensitive is essentially no sleep for two days. Effect confirmed: I went to bed at 6am this weekend! The interior is also very nice and I love the brasserie look and the painted ceiling. The perfect place for a dinner with your best girlfriends.
U-bahn station: U7 Rathaus Neukölln
9. Industry Standard
On my first visit to Industry Standard, a friend told us she was engaged – so of course I’ll have an emotional connection to this place for a while. We shared several plates, and it became more like a tasting. From a plate of asparagus with goat cheese and egg, to a beef tartare with chanterelles, or mackerel paired with cucumber, there are so many delicious options at Industry Standard and they definitely can please vegetarians as well as fish and meat lovers. This restaurant combines great atmosphere and delicious food. And, we ordered the dessert twice! A chocolate and cardamom cake.
U-bahn station: U7 Rathaus Neukölln
I was on a date when the German TV show “Galileo” came here to do a report on ceviche, a traditional Peruvian seafood dish made from fresh, raw fish cured in citrus juices. We got interviewed. How awkward can it get? Nevertheless, I went back several times and even brought two Peruvian friends, whose feedback on the dishes was as enthusiastic as mine. That’s a good sign, isn’t it? I recommend you order a pisco sour cocktail, one of the different options for fresh and delicious ceviche, and follow it all with some dulce de leche cookies.
Dresdener Str. 120
U-bahn station: U1-U8 Kottbusser Tor
French and Swiss, Oriane moved to Berlin to pursue her interest in all things creative. She loves art and photography and does a lot of yoga, also to balance out her passion for great cuisine - a real foodie so to say. And of course, she is obsessed with fashion, which you can tell from her weakness for peplum cuts and ruffles.