Sunday, 13 April 2008



Top German Food for not so top prices

Berlinbound writes on "German Diary": "Let me say at the outset that the food was sublime. [...] For starters I had what the restaurant called, “Ragout Fin” which was a small puff-pastry filled with a mixture of chicken, beef and parmeggiano cheese, covered with hollandaise sauce and surrounded by a delicate but spicy apricot chutney – it took my breath away. The main course was rabbit stew with Mediterranean vegetables served with a potato dumpling and a mixed salad. The rabbit and vegetables were cooked to perfection, the vegetables soft and savory, the meat infused with onion and peppers and just a hint of something stronger. The dumpling was never heavy, I could feel the texture of the vegetable in my mouth, the food was still living, not ground and pounded and processed to death like so much of what we are subjected to in restaurants today. Desert was something from the deep recesses of the imagination … fried nut and poppy noodles served with caramelized plums in a bourbon vanilla sauce. I will only say that the thrill of eating this dessert was probably equal to the thrill of whatever the redhead down the street had to offer and it only set me back five Euros! I selected a Spanish wine, Faustino Crianza Rioja, and it had just the right weight and texture to play with this food. The entire meal was under thirty Euros.

The restaurant is called, Assel, and it was the first establishment opened on the Oranienburger Strasse after the Wall came down. The original owner has returned to her first love of teaching, but her brother Christopher has kept the restaurant in the family and from what I can see he is doing a terrific job. [...]."

The Basics
Oranienburger Str. 21, 10178 Berlin, Germany (near S-Oranienburger Str.)
+49 (0)30 281 20 56


Accessible? no (in a cellar)


Related Tours/Sites:
Mitte: the "Jewish Quarter" and the Museum Island
Could be integrated with a guided visit to one of the museums in the Museum Island, with the Jewish Berlin Tour, or with customised Berlin tours

Nearby Hotels/Accommodation:

Am Scheunenviertel Hotel Garni (2 **)

Artist Riverside Hotel and Spa
Augustinenhof (3 ***)
Dietrich-Bohnhoffer-Hotel (3 ***)
Taunus ( 3 ***)

Arcotel Velvet (4 ****)
Hotel Hackescher Markt Berlin (4 ****)

More hotels in Berlin, near Assel restaurant

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