There has been some exposure of the way the Berlin food scene has been developing over the past couple of decades and the cosmopolitan demographic is sure to help that continue.
On our German road trip we decided to spend our time in Berlin staying at the Mandala hotel near Potsdamerplatz. In the hotel was the two Michelin star awarded Facil restaurant.
We came for lunch as it was difficult to get a dinner reservation, the restaurant obviously popular with well heeled Berliners as the range of expensive cars being parked by the valets were testament.
The set menu for lunch is significantly more reasonable than the dinner menu. I can't for the life of me remember what I had as a starter, my wife had the guinea fowl giblets with chanterelles which was an incredible blend of the french style of classic cooking with a nod to the exquisite cuisine of Japan.
There a flavours such as shiso (perilla) which add peppery fragrance not disimilar to coriander, yuzu which tastes similar to a sweet lemon or a tart clementine, miso and shiitake that adds a complex umami dimension to dishes.
Yuzu makes a good sorbet, and it cuts through the sweetness of the chocolate and raspberry in the dessert. My wife had the poor knight which is an angle on a traditional English breakfast dish similar to french toast.
The restaurant itself is a work of art. Surrounded by a grove of bamboo, the eastern influence is palpable. The party piece of the building is the retractable glass roof which can slide back in the hot weather.
Service was attentive and very efficient, staff were very polite without being overfriendly.
An excellent restaurant which I would highly recommend and I would love to try the dinner menu next time I'm in Berlin.
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