|Address||Rudi-Dutschke Strasse 26; 10969 Berlin
between Friedrichstrasse and Charlottenstrasse
|Neighbourhood||Kreuzberg | See on map|
|Telephone||+49 30 25937930|
|Price||Lunch menus EUR 28-58, dinner menus EUR 108-148. À la carte EUR 150-200.|
|Hours||Tues-Sat 12-14, 19-22,|
Just around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie is Tim Raue’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The young chef may be unfamiliar to tourists, but to Berliners he’s anything but, having previously been in charge of the kitchen at the Adlon Kempinski.
Inspired by Raue’s many trips East, his eponymous restaurant serves Asian cuisine in a space that with poured asphalt and high ceilings isn’t exactly cosy but stylish and has the odd nod to chinoiserie in the form of a golden Buddha here, a bird cage there; even the bar is called Hong Kong Lights and is designed to look like the twinkling lights between Hong Kong and Kowloon.
Known for his innovative use of spices and blending of flavours, dishes arrive looking like works of art and include the signature Peking Duck served on a buckwheat five spice waffle, lobster done as dim sum and sashimi-ed on carrot puree and a host of other light, bright delights.
À la carte options run for about EUR 60 for a main course while big spenders can choose the six-course Menu Unique at EUR 148 and those feeling really flush can check out the Krug table right next to the kitchen, where menus are arranged on request and served with the requisite bubbles. If you’re saving your pennies, try lunch instead where the two-course option will only set you back EUR 28.
The good news for those watching their waistline: Raue doesn’t use any dairy products, sugars or carbs in his dishes, so forget the side of steamed rice. The bad news for the hungry: portions err on the small side. However, any meal comes peppered with surprises from the kitchen so you can fill up on amuse bouches and palate cleansers a plenty, if not a bread basket.