16 Featured Restaurants
Köpenickerstraße 16-17, Berlin, 10997 [Map]
This uber chic supper club in Berlin is sleek, sexy and very modern with all the elements of a trendy hotspot prominently visible, making it a very happening place to head out to, once darkness sets in. But the magnificent views of the Spree River are best during sunny days, and so it's also the ideal spot for a leisurely lunch with friends and others of your circle.
The decor is minimalist and the attitude spunky, a combination that works remarkably well; no wonder you see all the fashionistas and trendy people there, sipping cocktails and nibbling on the delectable Asian inspired fare. In summer months, Spindler & Klatt is constantly busy on weekends with promoted events and celebrity parties that keep the buzz flowing.
The beach style loungers and bench type tables on the outdoor terrace are inviting while inside, there's a sense of vastness about the space, and the predominant white colour creates a soothing background. Apart from the central dining area, there's also a lounge and a freeform dance floor where nightly events take centre stage after 11 pm.
The gentle mix of Japanese and Thai cuisines lends their unmistakable nuancesto starters of chicken satay, skewered pieces marinated in coconut milk and peanut sauce. On a slightly different note is the gratinated goat cheese with chilli sweet potato, macadamia nuts, herb salad and watercress vinaigrette. But when it comes to the unusual, fillet of ostrich with lettuce, passion fruit dressing and pomegranates wins hands down.
The Japanese open kitchen brings a variety of exciting sashimi and tempuras; don't miss the tartar of salmon with Thai basil and ginger, or the marinated octopus with wild herbs and cilantro chilli salsa.
For the main event, the chefs delve into their repertoire and come up with the linguine with green asparagus, mascarpone cream and black truffle, whilst another choice could bring you grilled black guinea fowl with garlic gnocchi, root vegetables and ginger jus. Adding further to your dilemma is the Korean veal with wasabi mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach beef and ginger jus while the grill also beckons with the salmon or the rump steak atop wok vegetables with Thai basil and ginger. Rounding off this excellent meal are the fruity desserts, mango with vanilla brittle cream and yoghurt ice cream or the strawberry rhubarb cake with bourbon tinged mascarpone.
Cocktail choices run into the popular daiquiri, margarita, mojito and mai tais while those with a discerning eye will find the wine list to be an excellent compilation of European wines, whiskies and spirits. Beers, soft drinks, teas and coffees are some of the other drinks on offer and the extensive list seems to have something for everyone.
Berlin's night scene would be incomplete without a jaunt to Spindler & Klatt.
Strahovske Nadvori 1, Prague 1, 11000 [Map]
Taubenstrasse 30, Berlin, 10117 [Map]
The French inspired Brasserie Am Gendarmenmarkt is one of those places where style meets substance effortlessly in a setting that is sophisticated yet casual. The location of this restaurant in the heart of historic Berlin is another factor that contributes to its chic elegance, particularly as it is right in the centre of the fascinating cultural life and grandiose architecture that is so prevalent in the Pigeon Strasse.
Comfortably casual, the restaurant fits the mould of an upmarket Parisian Brasserie with ease and the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere is perfect if you want to linger over lunch or a dinner with someone special. The stylish lounge with its opulent Art Deco prints is just the place to add that hint of glamour to your events and meetings, and it's equipped with the latest technology to ensure that your presentations are carried out seamlessly. The terraces and patio, on days when the weather is clement, are a delightful setting for a lazy afternoon over a delicious bouillabaisse.
Fresh, seasonal produce, which hasn't travelled too far to reach your plate, forms the basis of the dishes that emerge from the kitchen. The cuisine is French although the German hints are inevitable and add to the overall enjoyment of the food. Consider for example the potato and watercress cream with grilled shrimp or the consommé of parsley root with Parmesan ravioli; the delicate blend of flavours and textures spur you on to anticipate the next course with mounting pleasure.
For starters, you might have the duck liver with potato salad and winter truffles or the beef with capers, spicy cucumber, anchovy fillets, shallots and boiled quail on toasted bread. Main courses bring to light the German connection with the wiener schnitzel from the veal topside while the calf's liver in port wine sauce with balsamic shallots lends to a lighter and flavourful taste. If lamb is more to your liking, then the saddle of lamb with herb crust on rotweinjus beans and bacon could be more favourable.
Surprisingly, there's also a slight Italian twist, with homemade ravioli and tagliatelle, while the steaks offer a hearty alternative with the Black Angus breed heading the list, and dishes might feature such appetizing meals as the châteaubriand with vegetables and herb béarnaise or the 8 oz sirloin with broad beans and dried tomatoes.
The French are on top form when it comes to dessert and in this aspect too, the Brasserie does not lag behind with delectable choices such as mousse of white Valrhona chocolate and apple strudel with raspberry sorbet or crème brûlée ruling the list. There's also an exquisite selection of cheeses for the connoisseurs.
The wine list offers an eclectic selection which spans the wine producing countries in the New and Old World ending with an entry from South Africa, Fusion V 2004, which is a neo-classical variant that has found numerous enthusiastic takers. Their comprehensive Website outlines further details regarding menus and offers.
French, Italian, Modern European
Berzelii Park, PO Box 16340, Stockholm, 10327 [Map]
A Stockholm landmark since 1863, Berns Salonger remains a favourite haunt for both locals as well as visitors and there's little wonder why. With a boutique hotel, conference and banquet facilities, a vibrant Asian restaurant and summer terrace, popular bars, nightclub, gallery and a theatre that showcases all major theatrical and musical performances, concerts and international stand-up comedians, the place is without a doubt Stockholm?s unequalled entertainment hub and ideal meeting place for business and pleasure.
Nestled in the city's main attraction is Berns Asiatiska - a gem of a find both for its novelty as the city's first Chinese restaurant in 1944, as well as for its culinary excellence that sustains its popularity even today. Beginning with China, the restaurant has managed to work its way through Asia and now offers the very best of Asian cuisine, the recipes of which have been sourced from every nook and corner of this vast and fascinating continent. There are skilled sushi chefs working 'live' at the restaurant, adding reassurance that everything which comes out of this kitchen is truly Asian.
Berns Asiatiska has at its roots a vision to create a 'relaxed, international atmosphere where all kinds of guests would thrive'. On entering, you observe how true this is. There are people from various ethnic backgrounds dining under the gilded ceilings and magnificent chandeliers that have set the place apart since its beginnings. The dining area is spacious, so you can enjoy the vibrant notes in the ambience without having to overhear your neighbour's conversation. There are several touches in the décor that indicate its rich history and the service works well with the relaxing ambience created by the restaurant. Though justifiably crowded on most days, guests are never hurried to leave the table after a meal.
There are breakfast, lunch, brunch, à la carte and sushi menus, including an enormous brunch buffet during weekends. Pop in for yum cha - Chinese tea in the afternoons, which includes dumplings and a fabulous desserts buffet.
Begin lunch with oysters from Charentes with trout roe and cumquat butter, fried pork and peanut dumpling with chilli and ginger sauce, followed by Thai meatballs in red curry or the fried duck breast. Vegetarians may go for the garlic-fried French beans and dumpling with asparagus and spring onion. Sushi lovers have a long list of chef's specials apart from the regulars including sashimi, ika and unagi, prepared right before their eyes by sushi wizards, carefully hand-picked from Asia.
Come here for authentic food, historic musings, top notch service and an international dining experience. Be it a stop-over before catching a concert at China Theatre or a casual meal with a friend, there's no better way to soak in the flavour of Stockholm than over dim-sum in Berns Asiatiska.More information, including full menus, is available on their Website.
Birger Jarlsgatan 4, Stockholm, 11434 [Map]
Parisians in Stockholm may be overwhelmed with a sense of déjà vu when they step in to Riche, which literally breathes character akin to Café Riche on Boulevard des Italiens in Paris. Although it began life way back in 1896, it was only until the 1930s that it took on a more practical design and the grill was opened to the right of the building's entrance.
Designed on the lines of its French counterpart, the elegant gold framed mirrors and crystal chandeliers speak opulence and the atmosphere is one that makes both bourgeoisie and the officer class feel at home. Large windows and high ceilings bring in a spacious feel and the furniture is functional and minimalist in style.
The cooking remains open to foreign influences, and sways the French brasserie way at times, yet it is heartening to find many old school Swedish dishes, take the pata negra de Salamanca for instance; this Iberian cured ham from Spain, is touchingly referred to as finger food, and there is also chorizo bruschetta with tomato marmalade.
Lovers of seafood may find it hard to tame their cravings as they mull over the starters section - half dozen snails Provençal, assorted marinated herrings, garlic seared baby squid, vendace roe and smoked eel with scrambled eggs - all waiting to be enjoyed. For others it could be Danish open sandwiches or lukewarm beetroots and vegetables with chévre terrine.
The main dishes could get you humming with excitement as the sight of sautéed cubed fillet of beef, olive and pistachio stuffed spring chicken with asparagus, and fried soured pork with parsley creamed potatoes all beckon. Again those with a penchant for anything related to the sea would probably love the grilled halibut with lobster wrapped clams, white sand asparagus and chive aioli, and pike-perch in paper with lemon verbena and nettle risotto.
The not-so-chocolatey dessert menu features a boozy lemon crème brûlée with licorice stirred raspberries and chocolate cheesecake with marinated nectarines. The well traversed wine list includes bins from Austria, Hungary, Canada and US while Old World wines are not entirely forgotten.
Riche is very often described as a place to see and be seen in Stockholm and combined with watching the chefs wowing the crowds with their cooking and the buzzing atmosphere every evening and on weekends this surely has to warrant a visit to such a lively place.
Am Kaiserkai 13, Hamburg, 20457 [Map]
Hamburg's Wandrahm restaurant derives its name from the historic 'wandrahmen' or wooden frames upon which cloth manufacturers dried their products on the waterfront, between the 14th and 17th centuries. While the name has no bearing on the restaurant fare, it could make a good icebreaker, and adds to the interest of diners who flock there for the delicious food.
Wandrahm looks out over the water and is located near the Kaiserkai. Two levels with delightful views serve to fuel your enthusiasm even further. Fragrant coffee and a hearty breakfast are the way to begin your day on a special note or you can drop by for a tasty lunch later. The atmosphere is rich and opulent in an understated manner, with twinkling crystal chandeliers and dim lights exuding the effect of subtle luxury.
The menu is largely international and brings a host of starters that could include favourites such as grilled calamari with melon salad and yoghurt dressing or veal and lobster carpaccio with artichokes and Noilly Prat vinaigrette. If soups are your mainstay, you might be tempted to try the bouillabaisse, clear game and fish broth with saffron and vegetable pearls.
Main meals might encompass a lobster ravioli with green asparagus and sepia espuma or a marinated and fried spring chicken on a sugar pea and baby tomato risotto. Fish lovers will rejoice in the barb fish poached in Riesling stock with stuffed zucchini flowers and crushed lime, but for meatier dishes opt for the fillet of beef with spinach leaves and shallots. The more adventurous will enjoy the ostrich medallions with sautéed potatoes, leeks and rosemary sauce whilst the veal ossobuco is a trusted choice for many.
Finally, coming to the desserts, the list is befitting of any grand pâtisserie with delectable selections such as crème brûlée with orange salad and Grand Marnier, ravioli filled with cacao-pomegranate cream in a passion fruit sauce or the apple tart with tonka beans and port wine sabayon. If you find delights of more savoury nature appealing, explore the cheese board, which is accompanied by fig mustard and aged balsamico.
The comprehensive wine list is excellent and features some well known choices that span the entire gamut of wine producing countries.
Hotel Astoria, 39 Bolshaya Morskaya, St Petersburg, 190000 [Map]
Housed within the luxurious Hotel Astoria on Bolshaya Morskaya, Davidov Restaurant offers fine international cuisine in a sophisticated setting. In the best Russian fine dining tradition, guests can indulge in the finest vodkas and caviar, complemented by live piano music on certain nights.
Culinary highlights on the Davidov menu include roast beef with horseradish, grilled lamb with honey and nut sauce, and grilled fillet of veal. Chef's recommendations showcase imaginative flavour combinations with dishes such as coconut soup with crab meat, persimmon salad with prawns, rucola and orange sauce, and spicy beef with rice noodles and vegetables.
The business lunch menu is perfect for a relaxed afternoon meal at Davidov Restaurant. A tempting dessert trolley offers tiramisu, éclair, chocolate mousse and panna cotta.
The classic décor at the Davidov Restaurant features large windows, elegant chandeliers and comfortable banquette seating. The River Neva flows close to the restaurant, while Palace Square is just a short walk away.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
25 Rue De La Pompe, Paris, 75016 [Map]
The words classy and chic seem synonymous with most top end restaurants in Paris but this one comes courtesy of the design maestro Philippe Starck himself. One visit to Restaurant Bon is probably insufficient to admire the four different and original settings created by Philippe and the stylish interior is worth the trip alone.
Elegant lamp shades and sleek furniture adorn The Vinotheque accentuated by strategic lighting, which add a warm glow to the place. The Fireplace Room with its ornate chandelier and glossy table tops create a unique sense of style and the little nook for private dining appears to be fiercely guarded by a rhino! Well, actually a rhino head. The Library needs no introduction and it's no surprise to see bookworms crawling their way through the numerous stacks, and then there's the Boudoir with exquisite tableware for large parties.
The menu's Asian touches are palpable and the cooking, which takes in influences from across the globe, is certainly enticing. Think coconut milk, crabmeat and green asparagus Wonton soup and dim sum of shrimp, basil and hot pepper, crabmeat and artichokes served with spinach and shiitakes, and five flavours duck. From among other delights that await look out for the spicy crab spring rolls with soya mayonnaise, new style tuna carpaccio, lobster rolls, and papaya and shrimp, and beef and lemongrass salad.
Fruits of the sea include sole prepared as a tempura with toffee and lemongrass sauce, grilled scallops with tom yum sauce, tuna tartar with ginger and gilthead breams in a banana leaf. For meatier main courses you are bound to be moved by the tiger's tears, a marinated filet of beef, grilled and thinly sliced, or perhaps the crispy sweet and sour chicken and five flavour spare ribs. If you thought an Asian inspired menu does not have too much to look forward to in the dessert section, then think again; there's rum baba with coconut and pineapple, fresh strawberries and raspberries with peppermint syrup, and spicy 'crème brûlée'.
Those who find solace at the lunch hour know full well that they need to refuel to take on the second half of the day, so how about some chicken and curry rolls, thinly sliced veal with ginger and shiitake and choco Bon. The wine list keeps the French flag flying high and there are notable contributions from Chile, Africa, China, Australia and California amongst others.
With its myriad dining options, Restaurant Bon certainly makes an ideal place to celebrate those special occasions.
Calle París, 192, Barcelona, 8036 [Map]
It doesn't take too much effort to guess what the mainstay of The Lobster House would be, so if you're passionate about seafood, lobsters in particular, this Barcelona restaurant gives you your money's worth. Located close to the Diagonal metro, and situated in the heart of the Eixample district, this airy restaurant follows a Mediterranean theme in the food as well as décor.
Diners are pleasantly surprised with the ambience which is cool and elegant with white napery, large windows, dark furniture and potted plants, while the warmth exuded by the service enhances the dining experience. The bar is also a cosy spot for pre-dinner drinks and The Lobster House is a perfect place if you want to host an ebullient party for friends, with the private room offering space and atmosphere.
Five different fixed price menus ease the dilemma regarding choices, and these include an aperitif with first and second courses, wine and dessert. While this could prove to be of great value, there's also the à la carte if you prefer to do the choosing on your own.
Fresh salads topped with tuna fish and olives or tomato and mozzarella with avocado are just right for a light and tasty beginning. Other starters that rouse the appetite could include the Andalusian style cuttlefish, king prawns with Maldon salt or fisherman's paella.
While lobster is a huge favourite, grilled or steamed, there are other dishes for fish lovers too, such as the sliced grilled hake, baked loin of cod with cream of escalivada or fillets of sea bass cooked in the Santurce fashion. More hearty dishes follow, with meats cooked over holm oak charcoal, and you could try the imperial lamb ribs or the stewed shoulder of lamb with the steaks and burgers as excellent alternatives.
The best way to end such a leisurely meal would be with something sweet, so do save some space for the Catalan custard with burnt brown sugar or the warm chocolate coulant. Fruity desserts such as the frozen mandarin mousse with citric coulis should do the trick if you're not overly fond of rich sweets.
The wine selection is as befits a restaurant of their scale, extensive and indulgent and yet reasonably priced.
Roger de Lluria 50, Barcelona, 08009 [Map]
Movie is a high end concept based restaurant in Barcelona, a chic and very trendy destination for those who are fond of good food, music and movies, not necessarily in the same order. The décor is plush and extravagant and yet the atmosphere strives successfully to be informal and friendly, and you are likely to spot many guests lingering over a glass of wine and a bowl of tasty snacks as they sit back and relax.
All eyes are drawn intently towards the huge screen where movies and clips are played by resident VJs who occupy a separate platform. But it is unlike any cinema hall you may have been to, because the entire experience is quite like a home theatre at the house of a friend. A very well to do friend, of course! On top of all this, Movie is a fantastic restaurant if you want to impress business associates or even simply if you want to indulge in your love of films.
So when it comes to food, you will find that, like some of the films, the menu is fairly international, featuring dishes such as focaccia with duck ham, black olives and mozzarella, sausage and bacon skewers and hot Mexican taco with chicken, vegetables and cheese, served with a sweet and sour sauce. Mixed salad leaves atop a pea puree and seafood cocktail is highly appealing for salad lovers, while the black pasta with calamari and romesco sauce is perfect if pastas are your thing.
More elaborate main courses follow, with the likes of wok fried beef with sun dried tomatoes, potato and yucca or chicken nuggets coated with peanuts and mayonnaise mousse. For those who favour unusualness in their dishes, the chicken filled with pureed mango and flavoured with black beer, shitake mushrooms and carrots could appeal.
While some might be satisfied with snacks and other finger food, there are others who feel that a full course meal is more to their taste, requiring a look at the dessert menu where your sweet tooth will be gratified to learn of the tiramisu with exploding chocolate and caramel pop rocks. Profiteroles and a warm chocolate fondant ice cream complete the list and gain full marks for hitting the right spots with ease.
The wine list is a compilation befitting to this modern restaurant, with international choices playing alongside traditional selections that are closer to home. Come evening and the lounge beckons with the numerous exciting cocktails on offer along with delicious bar food. From 7 pm until late, the avid party goers are likely to be sipping on mojitos and enjoying an interesting movie, to the point where few would wish to resist the comforts of Movie Restaurant and head out to greener pastures.
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Paolo Petrini is the owner and chef of this chic Paris restaurant that proudly bears his name. He counts music and food among his greatest passions, and few things are more rewarding than an occupation, ...