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I usually spend as little time as possible in my hotel when I travel, particularly when I’m anxious to explore a new city. But it’s been hard to pull myself away from the food at Hotel Adlon Kempinski, where I’m staying this week in Berlin: It has three Michelin-starred restaurants all under one roof.
Lorenz Adlon restaurant, the hotel’s elegant, one-Michelin-star French spot, serves classic haute-French food. I was still full from an early bratwurst lunch, so I skipped the frog’s legs and Iranian-caviar blini and instead snacked on the fabulous cheese plate (with luscious raw-milk cheeses) paired with a glass of rosé Champagne.
At Restaurant Gabriele (another one-star), I had out-of-this-world Italian, including a near-perfect bowl of conchiglie vongole (pasta with clams).
Restaurant Quattré may not be Michelin-rated, but it has a super-value, 16 euro business lunch. The menu has both traditional and modern German dishes, including a monster-size plate of Wiener schnitzel, which I devoured as part of my German-dining initiation.
Chef Tim Raue is generating tons of buzz right now in the city with the spectacular Asian-fusion dishes he’s cooking at the hotel’s Michelin-starred MA. Locals had been raving about his tamarind-stock lobster soup (amazing), and I adored the pig chin with ginseng beurre blanc served in the more casual dining room, Uma. Even more impressive is that chef Raue uses no white flour or refined sugar in his cooking (a bit of a relief after eating pig in butter sauce, bratwurst and Wiener schnitzel all in one day!).
Even cooler, Raue hosts special wine dinners next door in Hotel Adlon’s year-old wine store. (Lorenz Adlon, the hotel’s founder, ran the world’s largest wine store in Berlin more than 100 years ago.)
More hotel-restaurant updates tomorrow, including details on last night’s dinner at Shiro i Shiro, the hot sushi restaurant in the chic Lux 11 hotel and lunch at Fischers Fritz, the city’s only two-Michelin-star restaurant, located in the Regent Berlin.