Around Berlin in 80 Restaurants

My recommendations for tasty meals in Berlin

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Pub d’Orsay, Québec, Canada

IMG_4045I arrived in the afternoon in Québec city and was starving, but lots of places were already closed after lunch time. I ended up at the restaurant Pub d’Orsay. It was empty at 15:00 but I passed by a couple of times later and it seemed to be full all the time.

The staff was friendly, the service quite quick. I had a very tasty steak, cooked as I wished. I also had a very nice cocktail. Very nice experience. I guess they might show the hockey games too since the Québec sport channel was on when I was there.




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Le Pain Béni, Québec, Canada

IMG_20151211_093601During my recent stay in Québec city, I went to Le Pain Béni for breakfast as I got discount from my hotel.

The staff is extremely friendly, the athmosphere is cosy. The breakfast menu is quite interesting with both sweet and savory.

I had the scrambled eggs with bacon and feta. Tasty eggs, crispy bacon, good cheese, nice roasted potatoes and 4 big toasts. I was totally full afterwards. A good meal to start a day.

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Market at Boxhagener Platz

boxi (2)Another nice market in Berlin is the one on Boxhagener Platz in Friedrichshain. It’s open very Saturday from 09:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Apart from the traditionnal vegetables, fruits, meat, cold cuts and fish vendors, there are many interesting stalls. Like for instance a cheese vendor I spotted a while ago at the Cheese Market, or a French salami stalls that I already knew, they have a wide range of tastes (walnut, with cheese, donkey, deer, with herbs,… ) and it’s very tasty. There is also a wide range of potatoes, you have a very big choice for this, quite amazing. I also saw a fresh pasta vendor, but have not tried her goods yet, last time I went I arrived too late, her stock was almost empty.

You can also eat on the spot, there are several options, cakes, burgers, veggi stuffs, kebabs, and so on… There is a nice atmosphere and sometimes a good smell too.

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“Old school”eating at Die Schule

schule (2)Old school not for the food but for the place, it used to be a school, so you eat in an old school. Die Schule is a German restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, on Kastanienalle, close to U Eberswalder Straße.

I walked by this place a couple of times and got intrigued by the name. After checking it on line and seeing the good reviews, I took a few friends to see it for ourselves. The place is very lovely and the staff super friendly.
They have an interesting 3-course menu with quite a lot of choice. I schule (9)personnally did not take it but had first the carpaccio with wild herbs, very tasty. I then had the Flammkuchen, excellent, served traditionnally on a wood plate and cut, almost as good as in Alsace. I finished with a very nice brownie with physalis ice cream.
Some friends had the “German tapas” which are basically mini sized German specialties, ideal if you want to try different stuffs. Others had the wildboar, the risotto starter, the panacotta, the creme brulee. We were all delighted, the food is excellent!

The only negative point would be that we had to wait quite a long time between plates, could be because we were 2 big groups. But it was still worth the wait. And I’ll for sure go back, I was also tempted by the schnitzle, the Käse Spätzle and the venison dishes.

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Les Pâtisserie de Sébastien: Real French pâtisserie in Mitte

patisserie (2)Les Pâtisseries de Sébastien is an authentic French bakery in Mitte, it’s located on Invalidenstraße, close to Weinbergpark and U Rosenthaler Park, only a few steps from the tram stop Brunnenstr/Invalidenstr (M8 and 12).

While looking for a French pâtisserie, this place came up very often and had amazing reviews. I went there on a Saturday afternoon for a coffee break and it was so hard to choose from. They have some of their cakes mini sized which is great to try several delicacies. I had a delicious brioche, a very tasty madeleine, an awesome éclair au chocolat and also an opéra, but I forgot it was with coffee and since I don’t like this taste I can’t judge. The croissants and pains au chocolat looked amazing but I was too full to try them, next time… My friend had a cake filled with an excellent red fruit mousse. Their hot chocolate is also great, very strong taste, not the cheap powder with milk kind. Plus it’s not expensive at all, the staff is super friendly and you can eat in or take away.

As I really wanted to try their croissants and pains au chocolat, I went back the next morning to get my breakfast, dessert and bread for the day. The croissants are delicous and the pains au chocolat absolutely amazng, and of course the baguette is great!

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