Ward Off the Cold at These Chic and Cosy Berlin Mitte Restaurants
In partnership with OpenTable, I chose several intriguing Berlin Mitte restaurants to visit in December. This post is the summary of my experiences – rest assured that all opinions are those of Berlin & Around.
The best ways to experience Berlin in the colder months are undoubtedly through Christmas markets and culinary endeavours. Fortunately, the German capital offers the latter in spades once the Weihnachtsmärkte have closed for the season.
Thanks to OpenTable, I recently unearthed 3 unique Berlin Mitte restaurants serving regional, wintery dishes guaranteed to get you through the January (and probably February) freeze. I’m so excited to share these discoveries with my fellow Hauptstadt foodies and visitors!
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Explore the Berlin Food Scene with OpenTable
OpenTable is your dream VA for planning culinary endeavours in Germany and around the world. The restaurant reservations platform and app currently hosts 3,300+ unique dining experiences in Germany and 60,000+ globally.
OpenTable’s software is very easy to use – and great for busy people. Browse the most inspiring gourmet spots in your current city by cuisine, date and neighbourhood. Make a reservation in a couple of clicks.
Once booked, a calendar invite will automatically go out to your email, including handy details like dress code, parking info and restaurant address with a Google Maps link.
Perhaps best of all, you’ll always be able to use OpenTable in your own language – a major plus for travellers and expats like us. It is worth noting that OpenTable puts a major emphasis on quality over quantity, so expect to find everything from cafes with character to Michelin Star listings on the platform.
I personally loved using OpenTable so much as part of our collaboration that I’ve already booked my next personal restaurant experiences using the app!
3 Unique Berlin Mitte Restaurants You Must Try
Without further ado, let me introduce you to 3 innovative culinary experiences in Berlin that offer delicious wintery fare in a stylish ambiance.
This may not be the most original thing about me, but I love avocados! So much so that I even dug up an avocado bar in Rome. When I found out through OpenTable that Berlin also has a restaurant dedicated to this superfood, I knew I had to check it out.
Opened 2 months ago, Avocado Club is one of the newer Berlin Mitte restaurants, and I’m sure it will draw crowds!
The Food & Drinks
As you can imagine, avocado is an integral part of every dish at this central Berlin restaurant. The owners are so dedicated to the fruit that an avocado latte (2 shots of espresso mixed with avocado cream) is even on the drinks list! Avocado Club serves healthy, satisfying and beautifully presented dishes from breakfast to dinner.
Menu options included curries and bowls, steak + avo mashed potatoes and even avocado-stuffed ravioli. You’ll be sure to find something to suit your mood.
Best of all, all the avocados are sustainably sourced, supporting farmers in South and Central America. Sustainability doesn’t end here, either – every avocado part, including peel and seed, is recycled in-house or through a local partner.
Light, airy decor and pink accents characterize Avocado Club, the most casual of the 3 Berlin Mitte restaurants in this post.
A full-service bar and a La Marzocco coffee machine give off the distinct impression that this place knows how to transition from day to night (it closes at 11 pm).
All in all, Avocado Club lends itself to many different situations: breakfast with friends, lunch with colleagues, or even a casual date night.
Oh, and while you’re here, make sure to give Avocado Club’s resident pomeranian some cuddles!
Why It’s Great for Winter
I don’t know about you, but winter is tough on my body – and I know that my immune system can use all the extra support it can get when grey days outnumber sunny ones.
So a meal at Avocado Club kills two birds with one stone: you’ll get a healthy, tasty, and hearty meal while fueling your body with vitamins.
Bottom line: if you’re looking to try one of the Berlin Mitte restaurants that makes healthy food look and taste great, add Avocado Club to your list this winter.
Book your table at Avocado Club.
Another one of the Berlin Mitte restaurants that stood out to me on OpenTable was India Club. I was immediately attracted to the cheerful yet stately ambiance – and intrigued by the fact that this was the first Indian restaurant in Germany to earn a mention in the revered Michelin Guide.
The Food & Drinks
Let’s cut to the chase: the food was sensational and the drinks were as delicious as they were inventive. This sleek venue, steps from the Brandenburg Gate, serves North Indian cuisine.
So think curries like buttered chicken prepared according to Chef Manish Bahukhandi’s family recipe. There are a ton of vegan and vegetarian options, too.
In terms of drinks, my camerawoman Naomi and I ordered a couple of non-alcoholic, but oh-so-Instagrammable cocktails. Particularly noteworthy were the Spicey Guave (which arrived covered by a bubble) and the Pink Pearls (which stuns with its Fushia colour).
At India Club, brightly coloured chandeliers and light art complement the British colonial-style mahogany furniture and dark wood panelling. The ambiance is sophisticated yet playful: the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion – or perhaps to bring your parents when they’re in town.
Why It’s Great for Winter
As you can imagine, North India’s hearty dishes are perfect for cold winter days. But beyond the joy of warming up with a flavourful curry, you’ll be able to imagine, for a short while, that you aren’t just sitting in an award-winning Berlin restaurant, but rather, are on a culinary adventure halfway across the world.
Book your table at India Club.
I was very much looking forward to trying one of the few Berlin Mitte restaurants to have received a coveted Michelin Star. And spoiler alert: einsunternull did not disappoint!
The Food & Drinks
To earn a Michelin Star, a restaurant needs to tick off 5 boxes: quality ingredients, mastery of unique but sustainable cooking techniques, personality, value for money, and consistency.
In my humble opinion, einsunternull succeeds in each respect. It is worth noting that a 6-course meal will set you back 130€ a person, but this truly is a case where you get what you pay for.
This suave yet uncomplicated Berlin restaurant serves seasonal dishes with fresh, regional flavours, with or without meat. Also included are delectable appetizers and pralines for dessert.
Ingredients are sourced from local farms – and even grown in einsunternull’s garden. Guests can also opt to pair each course with a glass of red or white from the expertly curated wine list (or a non-alcoholic alternative).
Every beautifully presented dish is a homage to the German capital, as chef Silvio Pfeufer challenges us to answer the question “what is Berlin”. Concretely, you might find beet tartar, deep-fried celery crunch and grilled cabbage with Knödel on your plate, paying homage to Southern German cuisine.
Make sure you save some room for dessert: the lime and gooseberry raindrop cake was a definite highlight of the evening.
einsunternull is one of those historic Berlin Mitte restaurants boasting a very singular past life. It is housed within an old Stasi building, further accentuating the theme of being deeply rooted in the city’s (at times turbulent) fabric.
Today, the space does not at all resemble what one could imagine a secret services office to look like. With cream-coloured brick walls and minimalist decor, einsunternull bridges the gap between cafe chic and understated luxury.
Why It’s Great for Winter
While einsunternull could easily be recommended year-round, the seasonally changing menu ensures a winter visit will be unique. Plus, there’s is no better time to explore the city’s indoor offerings than when the mercury drops, and no better way to do so than by going on a culinary journey orchestrated by an award-winning local chef.
Book your table at einsunternull.
Discover More Berlin Mitte Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for healthy fare in a casual setting, international dishes in stylish surroundings or fine dining inspired by the city itself, central Berlin restaurants do not disappoint.
Avocado Club, India Club and einsunternull are, of course, just 3 examples of amazing Berlin Mitte restaurants, and I’m sure that there are many others to be discovered through OpenTable, which currently features over 2,000 dining experiences in the capital! So, Guten Appetit!
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