Locals pretend to dislike this intimate 20-seat bistro because Brad Pitt has been spotted here (it’s very Berlin to be anticelebrity), but more likely they’re annoyed that reservations need to be made several days in advance. The market-driven, French-inspired menu is written on oversized chalkboards and changes frequently.
We loved: Fish cassoulet.
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Michael Kempf, the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Berlin, has cooked under some of Germany’s best chefs, including three-star legend Dieter Mueller. At Facil, housed within the glass inner courtyard of the Mandala Hotel, Kempf has now carved out his own distinct style of cooking, with slightly Asian-influenced dishes accented with Indian and Arabian spices.
We loved: Citrus-marinated slices of raw langoustine with an aspic of Amalfi lemons and tandoori sour cream.