I checked the boards for places to eat before I left & I did get to Ka De Wa's 6th floor, which was very impressive. I gave my credit card a serious thrashing, purchasing truffled foie gras terrine, whole summer truffles in a jar, truffle honey, truffle dijon mustard, goulash spices, krauterbutter, cheeses too numerous to mention, sausages, bread, marzipan liqour, stopping only to fortify at one of the food bars with caviar & blinis, washed down with a couple of glasses of Veuve Cliquot. They need to put a hotel room in there. (Ku'damm, Berlin)
Cafe Einstein, (www.cafeeinstein.com), previously mentioned on this board was nice. We went in the evening, after a visit to Hammam, a women only Turkish bath. (www.hamamberlin.de)
We sat in the elegant dining room near the window looking out to the street. We started with a glass of champagne & the duck liver salad, which was possibly my favorite dish. Another favorite was the goulash with bread dumplings.
I can highly recommend two Italian resturants previously unmentioned here. The first, Rifugio D'Habitues Hostaria Del Monte Croce, (www.hostaria.de), where you sit at big tables with other guests. Bring a good appetite, as you don't order off a menu, pitchers of red & whire wine, and large platters are brought out and you eat family style with your party, whatever the chef is making that night. There were four antipastos, follwed by pasta & two meat dishes, each served with vegetables, then dessert. While guests are dining, 2 musicians stroll around the place singing and playing guitar. A really great, down home dining experience with lots of good solid food.
The second, Der Goldene Hahn, (Pucklerstr. 20, Berlin, tel:618 80 98), has a full bar & a fairly small dining room with an open window to the kitchen.It was really crowded the night we ate there, and very dark. The menu is written on a blackboard, or you can have the chef cook for you, which is what we did. They have a great Italian wine list, every thing the chef sent out was really delicious, the food was served family style at out table, and the portions weren't as huge as at Hosteria. I'd say the food quality here is a bit better than at Hosteria. The pasta was divine, fresh and delicate,without too much sauce. One standout was the ravioli, filled with a sweet cheese and citrus. Although we were full, we couldn't resist trying some desserts, which were really good as well.