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“Berlins fine food scene...”
Review of FACIL

Ranked #30 of 9,624 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$38 - US$214
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Charlottenburg
Description: The FACIL, Berlin's oasis of culinary culture, offers a refreshing combination of elegant lightness and pure luxury, modernity and understatement. The restaurant treats diners to the very best cuisine and it has an easygoing feel. The service is excellent and you have the chance to relax and escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. The core of the FACIL philosophy is the lightness of being. In culinary terms, the food will melt on your tongue. The restaurant offers a selection of natural cuisine which is both unpretentious and ingenious.
Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank Dr_P_789
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Reviewed October 4, 2017

Berlin in common with other great European cities has some wonderful places to eat and Facil is no exception.

Situated on the fifth floor of the Mandala Hotel by Potsdamer Platz we dined on a chilly August evening in this airy and bright restaurant. The outdoor tables were not in use because of the weather.

Inside is a large dining area and tables are well separated and there are plenty of friendly highly trained staff on hand to serve your every need.

We chose a three course A La Carte meal although there are other set course tasting menu options available.

The cuisine here is high class, light with magnificent presentation, textures and flavours. Bread is prepared and presented from a large serving station at the front of the restaurant and is refilled regularly. This is certainly Two Star Michelin food and service.

The wine list is a real treasure trove and there are several pages of wonderful options from Germany of course. Our selected Weissburgunder was a great match for the food and the sommelier was highly knowledgeable. It is possible to drink well without having to break the bank and overall mark ups are not so bad for an establishment of this calibre.

It is hard to imagine a more perfect evening than this but of course this comes at a price with the food, wine and coffee costing just over 300 Euros for the two of us. Pretty much in keeping with expectations.

For a top class fine dining option well worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Great package value and atmosphere. Very good food for an absolute convincing good price. Defenatly a good recommendation

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Reviewed September 21, 2017

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful dinner here last night and highly recommend this excellent chef! We had the 8-course tasting menu with wine pairings and were very impressed with the entire experience. The service was excellent and the dining room is very elegant and romantic with plenty of space between tables. The staff were also kind enough to help me propose marriage to my now fiancee with a beautiful dessert presenting the ring. Thank you so much for a very fine evening!!

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Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

We (three) dined for lunch yesterday, and what an experience!

1. The dining space is bathed in natural light owing to the full length glass windows and a transparent roof which can be adjusted according to the weather. Tables are nicely spaced to enable the staff to move comfortably, but at the same time providing adequate diner privacy. Muted colours and comfortable chairs create an atmosphere of elegant sophistication. A small side table is provided for each diner's handbag.

2. As you would expect, the staff were exceptionally competent, observant and discerningly attentive. They tuned into the "pace" of our dining and comprehensively described the contents of each dish. Wine recommendations by the glass were discussed and we could not have wished for better.

3. There are two menus; one a "set menu" and the other, the "lunch" menu. One of our group substituted a dish from the "set menu." There was no issue in doing this, but there was a cost penalty in doing so, but this was drawn to our attention in advance. One diner is a vegetarian and appropriate adjustments were made to a couple of the meals, without any fuss.

4. Each of us chose three courses which were supplemented by amuse-bouches. All courses were beautifully presented and would have been labour intensive to prepare and plate. Sone of the ingredients were quite intricate to assemble. The meal choices included cold soup with basil etc, rock octopus, shoulder of Linum veal, giblets of guinea fowl, sturgeon and imperial caviar. No dish stood out in an ostentatious way, but rather each displayed restrained elegance - each could have been a small painting, a work of art in itself.

5. Two wines stood out; 2012 Chardonnay Reserve Weingut Slegrist and 2015 Roter Berg LembergerWeingut Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder. Both wine showed character and restraint and complemented each course perfectly.

Berlin has become one of the gastronomic cities of the world.

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