The Guide Michelin 2017 for Germany was released last night during an event in Berlin, awarding a record number of Michelin stars to Berlin restaurants and elevating another Berlin restaurant to the heroic level of two stars.
“When it comes to the new stars in Berlin we have one brand new restaurant and a one-star institution that was elevated to a second star.”
Last years’s Michelin guide marked a bit of a policy change for Berlin as several restaurants were awarded a star that had been around for years and years (e.g. Bandol Sur Mer and Richard). It seemed clear, that the German Michelin guide was trying to be more open and inclusive and reflect the era of casual fine dining we’re seeing in Berlin and other cities. The new 2017 edition of the Michelin guide has been slightly more conservative and actually only awards two new stars to restaurants in Berlin, making the total number of Michelin starred restaurants in Berlin 19 since both VAU and First Floor closed their doors this year. The 2017 guide actually has one factual error since Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire is still featured in the guide, a restaurant that will close its doors at the end of 2016, making the final count of starred restaurants in Berlin 18.
“…and I’m personally happy that the Michelin testers share my opinion about this exciting restaurant.”
When it comes to the new stars in Berlin we have one brand new restaurant and a one-star institution that was elevated to a second star. The new cutting edge and minimalistic fine dining sanctuary Eins Unter Null was awarded one star after its first year of operating, a massive success for this project that definitely falls out of the regular Michelin-framework with its very scaled-down cooking that seeks to challenge the norm. But in the end the very professionally executed dining experience definitely lives up to its peers in Berlin and I’m personally happy that the Michelin testers share my opinion about this exciting restaurant.
The big winner of the Michelin Guide 2017 in Berlin though is Marco Müller and his restaurant Weinbar Rutz, a Berlin restaurant landmark, which recently celebrated its 15th birthday and which was awarded a second star in the 2017 guide, making it one out seven restaurants in Berlin with that accolade. A monumental achievement for such a traditional restaurant and a well-deserved award for an institution that has produced talents such as Billy Wagner of Nobelhart & Schmutzig and Christoph Geyler of the upcoming project Ernst.
This means that Berlin still doesn’t have a three star restaurant and that we’ll have to wait at least one more year before someone in Berlin reaches the highest possible ranking in the Michelin Guide.
Here is the full list:
2 STARS **
1 STAR *
Frühsammers| Frühsammer, Sonja
Hugos | Kammeier, Thomas
5 – cinco by Paco Pérez | Pérez, Paco
Pauly Saal | Anker, Arne
SKYKITCHEN flavored by a.choice | Koppe, Alexander
Nobelhart & Schmutzig | Schäfer, Micha
Bandol Sur Mer | Saul, Andreas
Bieberbau | Garkisch, Stephan
Markus Semmler | Semmler, Markus
Richard | Richard, Hans
einsunternull | Rieger, Andreas (new)
Les Solistes | Lintermann, Roel (closing end of 2016)