Around Berlin in 80 Restaurants

My recommendations for tasty meals in Berlin

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Le Chalet, Amnéville, France

20170103_122511I recently went to visit my family in Eastern France and we spent one morning in the thermal and leisure center in Amnéville, quite close to Metz. After some time in the thermal pool, I went for lunch with my parents at Le Chalet, the rustical restaurant of the snowhall, an indoor ski piste. They specialize in cheese and mountain food. Raclette and fondues look good but I had a tartiflette (potatoe gratin with tasty mountain cheese) which was quite good and comes with nice cold cuts. My mum had the morteau sausage on a crozet gratin (savoy pastas with reblochon cheese), the sausage was a bit dry on the outside but otherwise all was good. My dad had the piece of pork leg with munster sauce and enjoyed it a lot.
Service was good. Very friendly staff. Good prices. A nice option in this touristic area.

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Le Saint Pierre, Metz, France

stpierre (1)Le Saint Pierre is a restaurant-bar in Metz, in the district Le Sablon, not very far away from the rail station. I went there when I first arrived in Metz for a family visit. My parents go from time to time for lunch to this nice place. The staff is extremely friendly, the food is tasty, we had a beef carpaccio to share for starter, really nice, I had the burger which was real tasty, with the beef patty cooked rare as I asked, my sister liked her beef steak and the sea food risotto was apparently quite nice too. For dessert, I had the chocolate mousse which comes with chocolate ice cream, delicious. Prices were fair, quite a nice place indeed.

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100 Patates, Thionville, France

IMG_20151227_200041100 Patates is a restaurant in the centy center of Thionville. As you can guess from the name, it’s all about potatoes.

I went there with some friends and we had a lovely evening. The atmosphere is cosy and the decoration all around potatoes, quite nice. The staff is quite friendly and the menu very appetizing. I had a hard time chosing what to have. We started with a nice “apero” plate with some cheese, chips, pate, salami, pickles and tomatoes.

I then had an oven baked potatoes with reblochon cheese on top and some cold cuts on the side. It was great, all ingredients were very good quality. A friend had the burger, but not the kind you can eat with your hands, there is a delicious beef patty topped with goat cheese (you can choose from different cheeses) between two rösti, I tried it as well and it tasted really good. My other friend had their tartiflette and was happy too.
I was the only one who had dessert and I really loved their brioche French toast style with nutella and vanilla ice cream. Delicious. Really good food for a very fair price. I might go again next time I’m in Thionville.

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Auberge de Varize, Varize, France

IMG_3863Last time I was in France, we went to L’Auberge de Varize for a family dinner. It is located at the exit of a village called Varize, about 20 km East of Metz, on the road towards Boulay and Saarlouis. You need a car to get there but they can also arrange accomodation in the village.

The place is quite cozy, the staff is very friendly and the menu is very interesting. They have very nice formulas for very fair prices, most of us had the Menu Gourmet, with starter, main, cheese and dessert for only €35. I first had the home made foie gras which was excellent, those who had the smoked salmon or the scallops were also satisfied. Then, I chose the beef filet, the meat was very tender, delicious and cooked rare, just IMG_3868as I wished, it went with a nice roquefort sauce and fries. Other guests had kidneys with potatoes, crayfish ravioli or another fish dish, everyone was satisfied. The small cheese plate was very nice, with a munster not too strong. For dessert, I had a Dame Blanche (vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce), it was nice but too big, the crème brûlée, the profiteroles and the Café Gourmand (coffee with mini sized desserts) were also much appreciated.

They also do home made burgers that look very tasty, maybe I’ll try them if we ever go back. They also have a nice menu for kids, little ones can choose between burgers, nuggets or poultry vol au vent with a variety of sides to choose from, plus a choice between different desserts.

All in all, it’s a very nice place where you can eat very good food for a very decent price.

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Le Potager, Nancy, France

IMG_3838I recently went to Nancy and had a nice dinner at Le Potager with some friends.
Being originally from the region, that’s the “Lorraine specialties” that got me interested.
We went there and were lucky enough to get the last free table inside, it can be a good idea to book.
This small restaurant is located in the old town, close to Place Stanislas.
The staff is very friendly and the decoration lovely.
I had some home made foie gras first, very nice. Then I had one of the baked cheeses (reblochon) with potatoes and cold cuts, all ingredients are high qualizy. One of my friends had the pâté lorrain (local pastry with minced meat and other stuffs inside) and the other one a tartine, kind of oven toasted slice of bread with cheese, ham and salad. For dessert, I had the mirabelle gratin and a friend a small selection of their desserts, mini sized. We were all very satisfied, food is very tasty and prices not high.

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Deli’Meat, Thionville, France

delimeat (1)While visiting my home region, I went for a night out in Thionville with a friend and knowing I’m a huge meat lover he took me to Deli’Meat, a very nice restaurant.
The terrace was very nice, it’s inside a courtyard in the pedestrian zone, so no car traffic at all, they’re specialized in meat cooked on stone (cook yourself) and have some fancy meats like kanguru and zebra. All meats can also be ordered cooked on the grill (by the cook). I first had the local cold cut plate, it was excellent! For the main, I wasn’t in the mood for a fancy meat so I had a beef skewer, very tasty. Cooked as I wished, very tender, great, along with nice roasted potatoes. My friend had a grilled beef filet and was also happy with it, he comes here often and really likes the place. For dessert, I had a nice chocolat fondant and an “arranged” rhum with violet flavour, quite nice. The staff was super friendly and the prices are quite ok. So, this place is a very good choice for meat lovers in Thionville.


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La Cave des Trappistes, Metz, France

cave-des-trappistes-la-metz-1346158824I went there for lunch with my parents while we were walking around close to the market, the place is not very big and it can be recommanded to book in advance. Luckily, we could get the last not reserved table.
I had first the terrine which was quite tasty, for the main course, my parents had the poultry dish with potatoe gratin and were both quite happy with it. I had a very nice entrecote with fries, nothing mind blowing but the meat tasted good and was cooked as I wish. The apple pie for dessert was also not bad at all. Staff is quite nice, service good and fair prices.
All in all, a nice restaurant.