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Primal Cuts: Located in another landmark with historic charm, a former 1842 school house, The Grand is a collaboration between Martin Hötzl (Fleischerie) and Jesko Klatt (Spindler & Klatt), two hip club guys not new to the Berlin restaurant scene. Gourmet lovers and partygoers alike can look forward to an evening at The Grand restaurant, bar and nightclub that features a beautiful outdoor terrace in the summer.
Chef Tilo Roth’s extensive menu of sophisticated, French-influenced entrées is big on meat, with locally sourced Irish Hereford and Charolais beef. He touted the Irish dry-aged entrecote: “With our special [1,500-degree Fahrenheit] oven you can get that unique taste, and our porterhouse steak is also great.”
Fish and shellfish lovers also have a variety to choose from, including a selection of caviar from farmed sturgeon, or bouillabaisse for two, and there are also vegetarian and vegan dishes. The culinary inspiration came from California. Klatt, who lived and traveled through the U.S. for three years finds “the California kitchen is the healthiest: light, fresh and grilled, not greasy.”
Three-and four-course menus range from 54 to 74 euros, or around $71 to $97.
As for The Grand, “you can eat here, then move over to the bar and you can stay around for dancing,” he noted. The decor is playful and was inspired by films and contemporary art such as the work of Jeff Koons.
“Obviously good food is essential, but an inspiring atmosphere is needed to make dining an overall experience,” he said. “This is not about theatric entertainment, but making going out to dinner special.”
Hirtenstrasse 4, 10178 (Mitte)
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m.
Meals: 49 euros and up ($65)
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