Entering Les Valseuses in Prenzlauer Berg is like entering the house of old friends: I am greeted with enthusiasm by the owners Olivier and Julien, and I am instantly asking myself why I haven’t been here for a year.
I’ve been a regular guest at their first restaurant, Themroc on Torstraße, back when they opened in 2009; and when they left it to start their own Les Valseuses in 2012, I was excited and followed them, documenting the action in their kitchen. However, I haven’t been a lot in the past months, and I really don’t know why…* Because Les Valseuses is a lovely place, with great food, very good wine, and, even more important and surprisingly still not a given in Berlin, two incredibly warm hosts that make every visit feel special.
And this wasn’t only a special treatment for me, many tables enjoyed Julien’s and Olivier’s small jokes, menu explanations and little extras spontaneously put on the table. Everything’s very easy about this place, the interior is furnished with light wood, bikes hang on the wall, in between pieces by renown Berlin artists. Likewise the menu, which always features beef in different cuts and served with home made fries, salad and one of their signature sauces made with black beer, tarragon butter or blue cheese. Plus the changing seasonal menu: We had a deliciously soft and rich riccota and blue cheese soufflé served with salad; and polenta with vegetables, salad and pesto. While the latter sounds not very exciting, it definitely was – different textures met intense flavors, in a portion that was just the right size. Also on the menu were halibut with cauliflower and baked pepper sauce as well as a pork loin with roots puree, savoy cabbage and jerusalem artichoke. We enjoyed this with a red wine chosen by Julien, who’s taste I always trust.
Many people like to enjoy this relaxed, welcoming and delicious place, so Les Valseuses is usually fully booked, make sure to get a reservation.
*In fact, I do know. Not only is it now quite a way from where I live and work. Also do I have such a long to-eat-list, that I tend to try a new place whenever I am out for dinner. So it has nothing to do with this place, but with the hardships of a blogger-routine.