Behold a time of celebration! Clocks sprung forward, the sun finally scared away the rain and Berlin summer is around the corner. Last month the Berlin food scene was dazzled with a few new Michelin stars as well, among them BFS longtime favourites ernst, Kin Dee and CODA, who all received a shiny new star to slap on their doors. Check out the full list here and make sure to visit these restaurants.
In other news: This newsletter is taking an elongated summer break whilst I focus my energies on paid projects for a while. The BFS platform and side projects, like this Digest, are real labour of love but all those meals cost money – so I’ll be focusing on how to make that happen for a while.
Happy eating & catch you on Instagram.
Until we meat again.
Rocket & Basil
Berlin-based sisters, Sophie & Xenia von Oswald, are already well known thanks to many years of pop-ups and meals reflecting their German/Iranian heritage. And from now on their breakfasts, lunches and brunches have a permanent home at the duo’s new shop on Schöneberg’s Lützowstr.
Headed up by David Kikillus, an ex Michelin-starred chef from Dortmund, this new fine-dining restaurant opened its doors this week on Oranienburger Str. right at the entrance to Heckmann-Höfe.
An oyster bar in the heart of Mitte is the exact sort of opening Berlin needs right now. Alongside the marvellous molluscs you’ll also find classic French dishes on Brunnenstr.
Freshly baked sweet and savoury scones are served alongside homemade jams, curds and clotted cream (ask the Brits which order they should be layered in – it’s an art form!) at this new sweet spot on Schönhauser Allee.
This new, slick-looking opening is promising “a new sort of dining experience” for Wilmersdorf’s Pariser Str.
A partnership between Cynthia Barcomi and infarm‘s Shani Leiderman brings this new vegetable-focused restaurant to the Martin Groupius Bau cafe, inspired by ancient Jewish cuisines from around the world. Check out the indoor vertical garden with leafy greens and herbs ready for a true garden-to-table experience.
Bringing empanadas and real mate tea made in the traditional way to Wilmersdorfer Str., this new Uruguayan joint adds a little Latin flair to the West.
Korean fine(er) set menus and German wine pairings at this new bar/restaurant on Fehrbelliner Str.
Update! Almost as soon as we’d reported on Kanaan’s KaDeWe opening did we learn the area was already closed for refurbishment. Let’s hope it all gets off the ground again soon.
This Michelin-starred ‘locavore’ restaurant has relaunched with a new concept and a new head chef in the shape of Silvio Pfeufer. Sommelier/owner Ivo Ebert remains at the helm of the restaurant and is once more setting out to answer the question: “What is Berlin cuisine?” This time with a much more international focus and ingredients from all over the world.
“From plague to plate” is the promise of this innovative food start-up which seeks to address the infestation of American Marsh Crabs clogging up our city’s waterways by serving them up for dinner. Watch out for a May opening of ‘Berlin lobster’, sort of…
From the owners of TISK comes rumours of a new German gastropub opening somewhere in Kreuzberg this year. Think ‘Eck’-style setting with TISK-style dining. Stay tuned for more info.
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