Last week, I was in dire need of a delicious dinner after too many mediocre brunches and lunches, so I decided to book a table at Lode & Stijn.
Tag: fine dining
I had no idea who Mr Diamond was prior to my stop-over in Frankfurt last week. He was an anthropologist and poet. But that’s not the Diamond this marble-clad fine dining restaurant in Frankfurt’s infamous Bahnhofsviertel is referring to. Stanley Diamond was also the name of a member of the Jewish organized crime, born in 1940, 14 years after Maxie Eisen was shot. The latter being the name giver to the pastrami bar, which Stanley Diamond’s – the restaurant’s – owners opened a couple years before just some streets away. It’s all a family business…
By now, it’s been four weeks since I finally accepted Billy Wagner’s invitation in what certainly is Berlin’s most regarded new opening of 2015: Nobelhart & Schmutzig. And I am still indulging in memories. Opened in February, the fine dining place on the Southern end of Friedrichstraße made it into the news with its radical concept of local cooking – they don’t even use pepper! But this is certainly not their most impressing feature.
Aside from the fact that dóttir’s interior is stunning, and the place had loads of buzz thanks to their super talented female head chef (and name giver) Victoria Eliasdóttir, and is quite certainly becoming a success anyway because every project of it owners, Stefan Landwehr and Boris Radczun (of Grill Royal and Pauly Saal fame), will be successful eventually, there’s the food: nordic cooking made with local ingredients, like a Berlin view on Scandinavian dishes, light, beautifully colored and very delicious.
It’s a special occasion to dine as fine as one will at Les Solistes, a restaurant by Pierre Gagnaire, one of the most popular chefs of today’s French cooking. In Berlin, he created a casual fine dining restaurant inside of Hotel Waldorf Astoria in 2013, where the Belgian Roel Lintermans is head chef. Lintermans gained the restaurant its first Michellin star and16 Gault Millau points in the first year after opening, and was awarded the title “Berliner Meisterkoch” last year. You’re in for a treat, is what I want to say. It is very special to eat here, because Lintermans’ food is outstanding, refined, elegant, fresh, balanced and will have you leave very happy.