|Address||Friedrichstrasse 158; 10117 Berlin
by Unter den Linden
|Neighbourhood||Mitte – Friedrichstrasse | See on map|
|S-Bahn/U-Bahn||Französische Strasse [U6], Friedrichstrasse [U6, S1, S2, S5, S7, S25, S75]|
|Telephone||+49 30 680 730 488|
|Hours||Mon-Sat 18-03. DJs from 21:00 Tues, Thurs-Sat|
The decor is all sleek, contemporary and restaurant-y, and the entrance now opens up to a kitchen instead of a dance floor but the imposing doorman and the lack of windows both serve as reminders of the venue’s past. Crackers is the former Cookies nightclub, reborn as a proper dining destination.
It’s still owned by Heinz Gindullis and the chef is Stephan Hentschel who also runs the kitchen at his other restaurants. Those include Cookies Cream, the acclaimed vegetarian that’s housed in this very same building. On this floor, however, there’s fish and meat to complement the quinoa and greens on the menu.
Although the modern bistro fare is unlikely to win any culinary awards, it’s perfectly fine – and certainly better than you’d expect from a place that remains more about good times than gourmet. Compared to Cookies the crowd might be slightly older, yet it’s equally sceney and as likely to stay on when a DJ cranks up the volume after dinner (the sound system remains club grade).
Entertaining, happening and with a decent bar, too, this is a good bet for a night out when you’ve got nothing scheduled the following morning. Nonetheless, while you might not want to bring an important client here – service is a case of style over substance – prices are at a level where you wouldn’t mind having an expense account either.