Virginia Giordano of Culture Trip recommends this new hot spot in the Mitte district:
“The latest in a string of new fashionable restaurants to open recently in Berlin is Alpenstueck, which translates to “piece of the Alps.” It features Heimatküche (comfort food German-style) in a spartan yet welcoming space that is reminiscent of a pristine Alpine chalet. The menu is limited, however choices are creative and the portions ample.”
Open daily from 6:00 pm – 1:00 am. Reservations recommended.
Opened in 2010, Volt quickly became the darling of the Berlin foodie scene. Located in Kreuzberg, the restaurant is headed by young chef Matthias Gleiss who masterfully transforms German cuisine with a light, creative touch. The dining room is contemporary and cool; the seasonal menu also offers some stellar vegetarian options. A three-course menu costs €34. Closed Sunday.
The city’s top wine bar, Weinbar Rutz, has a top-notch kitchen too. Chef Marco Müller serves up experimental but well-executed fare, like White Rabbit, a rabbit soup with chocolate and almonds. There’s also a new take on crème brûlée, using cream cheese and thyme. The wine list is excellent, with roughly a thousand bottles, both domestic and international. Book a table on the second-floor terrace.