You might all know about the tiny french restaurant, which started the whole foodie-hype of Torstraße, Bandol sur Mer. With merely twenty seats and very elaborate food it certainly still is one of the best but also exclusive restaurants on this loud and busy main street of Mitte. Lucky for us, the team behind it opened a bistro just next door on the corner to Bergstraße, with many more seats and a slightly easier menu.
Last week, I was invited for a dinner at Richard, a fairly new restaurant on Köpenicker Straße, just off Eisenbahnstraße. This area is certainly not known for upscale restaurants and thus the choice of location might be astonishing. But the space is actually one of the oldest restaurants of Berlin and has been remodeled for Richard. Of course they kept the carved wooden ceiling and the beautiful big windows facing the street adding some contemporary art and fancy bubble chandeliers.
Wilde Gärtnerei is one of my favorit vegetable and fruit vendors in Berlin, I like them so much, I don’t mind thrusting my way through the crowds of Sunday’s Mauerpark flea market to get to their stall.
Shamefully so, many of the beautiful old market halls in Berlin have been handed over to big investors who like to give them to supermarkets and discounters, under whose regime much of the original charme is lost (see: Ackerhalle at Invalidenstraße). But not in this case: the Markthalle IX (built in 1891) in Kreuzberg was lucky enough to turn its fate, when taken over by an initiative who strives to re-establish the old structures, where a mixture of small and loval vendors and producers creates a lively atmosphere.
Coming from the creators of notorious Grill Royal and even more infamous King Size Bar, the opening of Pauly Saal this spring was certainly loaded with expectations. Several months later, it is the food they serve we should focus on.