For a nation not famed for its cuisine, Germany can now lay claim to some of the best dining in Europe.
In the last twenty years, Michelin inspectors have beaten a path to Berlin and dealt stars left, right and center. Head to the Mitte district for award-winning German, French or Asian fare or stray further afield for some of the best Turkish food outside Ankara.
Style / Ambiance: Michelin-starred chef Thomas Kammeier has put Hugos firmly on the map among Berlin’s gourmet restaurants.
Kammeier’s creations have been impressing diners since he took over the kitchen in the late nineties, with his seafood creations winning particular acclaim. The wine list will please even the most demanding buffs, and the views of the city are astounding. Located on the 14th floor of the Hotel InterContinental, Berlin vistas don’t come much better than this.
2. LUTTER & WEGNER
Style / Ambiance: A gastronomic institution, Lutter & Wegner has been serving traditional Bavarian fare on the Gendarmenmarkt since 1811, and a better schnitzel you will not find.
With a wealth of foreign foods in the city, Lutter & Wegner harks back to more Teutonic tastes and the princely wood-clad building throngs with locals and tourists alike. Highlights include the Wiener schnitzel and the sauerbraten (marinated roast beef), and as one of Berlin’s most revered wine merchants, Lutter & Wegner will find you the perfect tipple for your dish.
3. FIRST FLOOR
Style / Ambiance: Climb one flight of stairs at the imposing Hotel Palace Berlin, and you’ll find First Floor, a place of inspirational nouvelle cuisine.
First Floor consistently wins over the Michelin inspectors, who have awarded chef Matthias Diether a star every year since 1997. The spacious dining room seats 40 guests, and the same number of bottles can be found on the ‘water menu’. Indeed, mineral waters from 18 different countries await the more sensitive palates, from 12,000-year-old Canadian glacier water to Tasmanian rain water. For more traditional libation, First Floor keeps a heavenly wine cellar, and head sommelier Gunnar Tietz recently won Gault Millau’s Sommelier of the Year 2011.
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Source: Elite Traveler