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.
BIWC member Penny from the UK
There are so many restaurants in Berlin but not all are value for money and that is the emphasis I place on any of my recommendations. Restaurants also change their head chefs from time to time and obviously they play an important role. I only recommend restaurants which I have recently frequented. If I find, for whatever reason, that their standard has deteriorated significantly, I will let you know.
I can thoroughly recommend Restaurant 893 Ryotei, Kantstraße 135, 10625 Berlin, a Japanese restaurant of some note. Please don’t be put off by the unusual frontage, the whole building is under preservation order and therefore the owners were not allowed to change the windows. It didn’t stop them from making a statement, they sprayed the windows with graffiti. Once through the doors into the inner sanctum, it’s a totally different picture. The owner came to Berlin as a refugee from Vietnam several years ago and he owns about 10 other restaurants in Germany. I believe he has just the right mix in this particular restaurant.
There are two bars, one for drinks and one to eat at, both with high stools, so the customer can see the food being prepared. It’s fascinating to watch and also worthwhile, as when we’ve asked what are they preparing, they’ve given us titbits to savour. The service is impeccable and the first class produce is cooked, served and decorated to a very high standard. I can only sing their praises. They serve cocktails, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and, of course, the ubiquitous teas. I would say this is a medium priced restaurant, depending upon what and how much is ordered. Soup starts at 4€, starters about 10€ to 15€ and mains anything from 20€ to 35€. Reservations are a must. Doors open at 18.30 and there is invariably a queue outside just before the doors open, that is how keen the customers are.
September 2017; images courtesy of hubby Artur Fischer
In the summer 2017 issue of Tagesspiegel Genuss, this restaurant was recommended as Berlin’s best Japanese restaurant by Kai Röger, the chief editor. The cover image displays Chirashi, a popular Japanese dish, in the unique serving dishes specially made for the owner The Duc Ngo by his cousin.
Tim Raue is of course a favourite in Berlin, however his Michelin Star Restaurant is very, very expensive but he has now lowered his sights slightly with Brasserie Colette Tim Raue centrally located next to the KaDeWe, Passauer Straße 5-7, 10789 Berlin. There are also two others in Germany in Munich and Konstanz (on Lake Constance). Appearing in the 2017 Michelin Guide is also a positive sign and a good recommendation.
Attentive, friendly service accompanies good wholesome French Brasserie style food. We have eaten there several times for lunch and dinner and on every occasion we have not been disappointed. It’s a medium-priced restaurant with a large wine list to suit all palates and pockets. My husband’s favourite moment is eating their complimentary home-produced pickled gürkins served in jars together with bread, arriving at the table more or less as soon as we have taken our seats and washed down with his first glass of wine!
October is Trüffel month. In order to promote the French ones sometimes known as ‘black gold’ or the ‘diamond of the kitchen’ with a price to match that description, they are offering a 4 course menu in celebration of these exotic tubers. The finest black truffles come from the Périgord/Dordogne region of France. I have come to believe that one either loves them or hates them, there is no in between. However, although I ‘love them’, on occasion they can be disappointing and over-priced. We plan to eat there with friends towards the end of the month so I will report back on how they turned out as I am sure we, or at least I will try them. Never to miss a chance for something unusual and special, however at the moment I am unsure with what they will be served.
This restaurant is most certainly worth a visit and I suggest making a reservation.
October2017; image courtesy of the Berliner Zeitung