With its eclectic mix of immigrant and classic German food cultures at relatively low prices, Berlin is on course to become one of the most exciting food destinations in Europe. Berlin’s restaurants are gaining more of a global outlook, along with a focus on what’s fresh and local. You can eat everything from vegetarian to hyper local, ingredient-led small plates to savory dessert for dinner.
Unequivocally one of the cooler places in Berlin to be seen, Royal is hidden beneath a bridge in the city’s Mitte district. The place is huge, with walls decorated by everything from a life-size model of a rocket, to photos of semi-nude models. The power move is to order the steak, which is one of the best in the city.
Serving up classic Peruvian food in a not-so classic Peruvian space, Chica has white walls and minimalist furnishings punctuated by spaces of vibrant colour, and designer-chic furnishings. The food (everything from ceviche, to fried pork belly, to BBQ shrimp) is matched perfectly by their extensive Pisco selection, and the sours they make from the stuff.
Bocca Di Bacco
Italian fine dining finds a home in Mitte at Bocca Di Bacco. The interior is stylish and modern, with a classic fine dining charm, while the menu is a plentiful mix of pasta dishes, mains of meat and seafood and traditional Italian desserts, as well as an extensive wine selection. Promising amazing service, a selection of gourmet dishes and an elegant atmosphere, this central spot is an elegant option in Mitte. It is advisable to make a reservation, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Muret La Barba
Muret La Barba is a contemporary Italian restaurant with a light, sleek interior and impressive menu. With lots of seasonal dishes and an extensive wine list, expect fresh flavours including tasty burrata and Sicilian eggplant salad, along with more substantial dishes like pizza and pasta. The interior is relaxed and casual, including a floor to ceiling wine-wall. This stylish, modern restaurant is the perfect spot for a fancy slice of pizza, great wine and a cozy meal.
The Tree on Brunnnenstraße is an amazingly designed, stunning Asian restaurant in central Mitte. Owners, Ling Ma and Xiaoting Zhang, originally moved to the city to study, ending up in the restaurant game by accident. The food concept and culinary roots reflect the origin of its owners, serving up Chinese noodles and other authentic dishes. The restaurant’s simple, airy design and light space give it a cosy and chic atmosphere. With traditional eats and amazing space, The Tree is a favorite Asian eatery in Berlin.
Ryong is the vegan and vegetarian Asian fusion restaurant on bustling Torstraße. Serving up bao burgers, noodle dishes, wraps and bento, it is a combination of Vietnamese and Japanese food, with an ultra-modern twist. The interior is a mixture of heavy and light woods, and stylish design elements, like the über-hip lightbulbs. With a darkly lit, warm and inviting ambiance, it’s the perfect joint to try a unique take on traditional Asian cuisine.
Much like the Korean BBQ concept, Ushido is the Japanese version of this BBQ experience. Guest order from a diverse menu and then grill up their meals in a BBQ station at their table. The menu is tailored for meat-lovers, but along with a huge selection of meat cuts, there is also a mixture of vegetable to grill up and a range of side dishes to order. Ushido’s interior is modern and sleek, with an array of wooden tables, with traditional BBQ stations in the middle. The first of its kind in Berlin, Ushido, is a meat lover’s dream destination.
Get a taste of typical East-Berlin dishes with a modern twist at Tisk. This restaurant bar is setting new standards for dining and drinking in Berlin with their original creations and cutting-edge interior design. From a changing 3-5 course menu in “Pub Dining Style” at the bar, to newly interpreted variations of Berlin classics a la carte, to small snacks, all hungry mouths will find the right choice.
Banh Mi Classic | CôCô Banh Mi Deli
Berlin is a city with such a huge, flourishing Vietnamese community that it was only a matter of time before the Banh Mi was made available to the hungry masses of Germany’s capital city. A Banh Mi is a traditional sandwich from Vietnam that fuses the French baguette with Vietnamese marinated meat (in this case pork) and pickled vegetables. CôCô Banh Mi Deli is the king of the dish in Berlin and reigns supreme with bold flavors and close attention to authenticity.
Zola is the Kreuzberg pizza restaurant that opened in 2015 and joined the ranks of quality Neapolitan style pizza in Berlin. With its massive, wood-fired oven, Zola dishes out some of the tastiest pizza Berlin has ever seen and has in less than six months earned its spot as one of the best pizzas in Berlin.