Tag: French food

French in Berlin: Les Valseuses

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.

Fine Dining in Berlin: Les Solistes

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.

Croque Madame at 3 Minutes sur Mer

Breakfast in Berlin: 3 Minutes Sur Mer

I said it before, having breakfast in Berlin is not as easy as you think or hope. Most places interpret breakfast as a plate filled with bland cheese covered in sugary jam and decorated with sad pieces of fruit. Trying to find a place with decent egg dishes served in a pleasant atmosphere is a constant struggle – I can’t find much in Mitte where I like to spend my Sunday mornings – I like Mogg&Melzer’s Shakshuka, Meierei’s scrambled eggs and above all this place: 3 Minutes sur Mer.

Food in Berlin: 3 Minutes Sur Mer

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.