By Culturekiosque Staff
BERLIN, 10 MARCH 2009 - Those craving
traditional comfort foods may certainly indulge in roast pork
knuckles, calves liver, dumplings or sauerkraut in Berlin.
However, 20 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin's cuisine,
much like the city - has reinvented itself, offering up lighter
and fresher fare, "öko" (organic) options in addition to
Boasting three Michelin stars in 2009, the Hotel Adlon for the first time
has received the highest distinction for its restaurants the
Chinese-inspired Ma Tim
Raue, the Italian restaurant Gabriele with chef
Björn Alexander Panek, and Lorenz Adlon for chef Thomas
Neeser's culinary art à la française. Head chef Christian Lohse
of the Fischers
Fritz seafood restaurant in the Regent Hotel was again
honored with two stars.
It should be noted that only 30 restaurants in Germany have
ever achieved two or three Michelin stars. In addition, the
restaurants Facil, First Floor, Hûgos, Margaux, Rutz, Vau and
Vitrum have retained their star in the current edition of the
Michelin Guide. (www.facil.de, www.firstfloor.palace.de,
Meanwhile, with health and environmental consciousness becoming
more main stream, the demand for fresh, regional and organic
food has arrived in Berlin's fast-food sector. Offering a
popular alternative to burgers or sausages, busy Berliners now
have a wide range of organic fast food choices.With five
locations in Berlin, Gorilla, Natürlich
FastFood is Germany's first organic fast food chain.
Promoting sustainability, natural foods, and regional products,
menu items are 100% organic and include sandwiches on whole
wheat bread, salads, and soups.
Even Berlin's popular "curry wurst" can now be enjoyed by
health conscious diners. "Witty's Currybude" at Wittenbergplatz
serves up a high-quality organic sausage drenched in the
typical ketchup-curry sauce made from natural ingredients.
Round-off this almost guilt-free snack with an organic
Yellow Sunshine at
19 Wiener Strasse serves strictly vegan or vegetarian burgers,
fries, muffins and other fast-food favorites.
Open 24/7, Fresh 'N'
Friends organic supermarkets and boutique restaurants
emphasize fresh, regional, and organic ready-to-eat foods, fair
trade practices, and sustainability. Foodorama on Bergmansstraße in
Kreuzberg goes even one step further, calling itself the first
certified "climate-neutral" organic restaurant, using seasonal
and regional products, and operating in thermally insulated
Title image: Hugos Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Hugos Restaurant, Berlin
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