Penny’s Winners

September 2017 sees the return of Penny’s Winners

Over the years, Penny’s restaurant recommendations in our Club Newsletter guided food aficionados through the multitude of Berlin restaurants and also some further afield. After a long break (and with a little arm-twisting from the web team), from now on she will be contributing regularly to our website.

Welcome back, Penny!

Here’s the background story on how she came up with the idea of writing a regular column in the Club Newsletter.

In September 2017, she updated her top ten favourite restaurants in and around Berlin.

Restaurant recommendations in 2017:

893 Ryotei 

Brasserie Colette

Maison Charlotte Potsdam

On the first sunny Sunday in January we took a short drive out of Berlin to Potsdam to visit a highly recommended French restaurant, Maison Charlotte, Mittelstr. 20, 14467 Potsdam, located in the lovely Dutch quarter. It was a delightful experience. To say it was full is an understatement but having previously booked we were shown to a lovely little table surrounded by French posters, maps and wine crate plaques adorning the walls helping to create the ambience. Cooking takes place in the open kitchen behind a counter in the first room, not perfect, but we were in the second room, away from the intense smells and heat.

A large menu was offered but the highlights were written on a blackboard fixed to the wall. We were offered bread and olives whilst we waited and ordered a glass of rosé cremant as an aperitif. We did have to wait a while for our starters of goose liver served on a slice of toasted brioche with a nicely fried egg on top with an apple relish – delicious and perfectly cooked. This was followed by coq au vin served with a slice of toasted polenta for Art and I had black halibut with truffle risotto, finely diced mediterranean vegetables and shaved winter truffles. Both dishes were perfectly cooked – we were happy!

Finally, in order to further test their skills, we shared an apple tarte tatin. Having waited 25 minutes for it to arrive, we were rather underwhelmed. The apples were okay and slightly caramelised but the pastry was not cooked properly, so rather disappointing. This is a dish I can bake myself so I know how it should be!

A reasonable price of 83 Euros for the food was most acceptable especially considering the quality of the first two courses and the good friendly service. All in all, a restaurant I can certainly recommend. I am sure we will be returning sometime soon.

Penny Fischer (UK) January 2018; image courtesy of the restaurant’s website