Contemporary tradition may sound like a contradiction, but these contrasting traits are both fully encapsulated by Borchardt. The restaurant dining room has a carefully crafted heritage aesthetic with a fin-de-siècle décor, while the cuisine is more modern, offering a fresh spin on classical French and German cuisine. The menu is updated daily, but always incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced from trusted local producers.
Borchardt, Französische Strasse 47, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 8188 6262
First Floor combines high-end gastronomy with a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere. Service is polished, while the restaurant’s décor is quietly refined with a muted colour scheme and traditional furnishings. The menu has its roots in French haute cuisine, but is infused with a light modern European sensibility by acclaimed chef Matthias Diether. Be sure to spend time perusing the extensive wine list - the award-winning selection includes more than 1,500 different vintages.
First Floor, Hotel Palace Berlin, Budapester Strasse 45, 10787 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2502 1020
A place to see and be seen in Berlin, Grill Royal is a stylish haven for carnivorous types thanks to its extensive meat menu. High-quality steaks are sourced from across the world, with Bavarian beef cuts offered alongside premium imports from Argentina, Ireland and Australia. The menu does divert from its steak selection, offering oysters, grilled lobster and sea bream alternatives, although the surrounding fridges filled with meat serving as decoration make the restaurant’s core concept clear.
Grill Royal, Friedrichstrasse 105B, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2887 9288
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer has a prestigious history. Since opening in 1907, its opulent dining room has welcomed the upper echelons of Berlin society, and its signature dishes, developed in this era, still dominating the menu today. Executive chef Hendrik Otto presides over a broadly European menu, filled with artistic culinary surprises that are exemplified in quirky side dishes such as gherkin ice cream, cream of sea urchin and Perigord truffles.
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2261 1960
From its lime green chairs set against a neon pink wall to its avant-garde cuisine, every aspect of Fabrics displays unrestrained creativity. Karim Rashid’s vibrant digi-pop design stands out from typical high-end eatery décor with its bold colours and pop art motifs, while chef Patrick Rexhausen’s contemporary interpretation of German and French cuisine is equally aesthetically inventive.
Fabrics, Nhow Berlin, Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin, +49 (0)30 29029 94107
In his eponymous eatery, Tim Raue combines Asian flavours to impressive effect. His cuisine takes its cues from across Asia, integrating Japanese product perfection, Thai aromas and a Chinese cooking philosophy in dishes that are delicious and surprisingly health-conscious – no bread, pasta, rice or white sugar will be found in Raue’s kitchen. The restaurant interior has a stripped-back aesthetic, with colour provided by dishes such as blue lobster with carrot and ginger.
Tim Raue, Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26, 10969 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2593 7930