Hi, I just wanted to let anyone who is traveling to Berlin that the food scene there was great. There is a big emphasis on "farm-to-table" dining and the restaurant proprietors really seek out small producers of artesianal ingredients.
In MItte Weinstein Weinschenke and WKD were both winners. Weinstein is a wine bar with great food. You can have just cheese and salumi or make a meal of hearty pasta or a meat dish. Everything is is sourced by the owner who knows his stuff when it comes to German wines too. Fun neighborhood crowd and not expensive. WKD is lunch only and serves the best wienerschnitzel I have ever had. Good wines and fantastic bread.
Near Checkpoint Charlie is Sale e Tabacchi. Italian is my favorite (my life really) so I really had low expectations for a place next to one of the biggest tourist draws in Berlin- wrong. Some of the best pasta I have ever had. You must go.
In Charlottenburg, go to Ottenthal. It has an Austrian menu, a elegant neighborhood crowd and is delicious. Tasting menu €25. KaDeWe is a food emporium that should be on your list for shopping and lunch.
ETA Hoffman did not impress me very much. Some hi's and some low's. (should have gone to Cookie's Cream - bummer) Bandol was a fun spot. Wish they'd work on their boring wine list though.
Enjoyed staying at the Adlon Kempenski.
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