Monday, June 11, 2007

Berlin Dining with a View


On Mother's Day we celebrated by the Wannsea Lake, just a short metro ride from central Berlin. The weather cooperated so we could eat outdoors. I never imagined that potato pancakes could taste so good with chicken kebab.

It was several visits ago that my friends Sonia and Klara introduced me to two restaurants on or near the shopping street, Kurf├╝rstendamm. I ate recently at Le Buffet Berlin inside Wertheim department store. The restaurant offers a choice of hot and cold meals, salads, and desserts. The view from its glass windows of what's left of the bell tower of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is priceless.

Down the street at Wittenbergplatz is Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), the grand dame of Berlin's department stores. Their Wintergarden restaurant has a curved glass roof which is a destination by itself. I took longer to finish my strawberry tart because I was mesmerized by the view of sunny skies. It had been raining for days.

I've always had nothing but good food at Moevenpick, whether in Germany or in Switzerland. The second floor restaurant at the Europa Center in Berlin looks out on an urban park that is very much alive with its fountains and entertainers and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial standing next to the modern needle of a building with colored glass windows which is the new church. I ordered halibut served with rice and vegetables. The halibut was moist and tender and very tasty.

Alas, another restaurant with a view, the Turm is now closed.
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Image by Rosario Charie Albar

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