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Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, Berlin

Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany, Germany
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer Review
5 Star Rating
4 August 2017Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
Tags: Berlin, Germany, Fine Dining reviewsThe Bill: £230 per head

On a recent trip to Berlin we decided to eat at Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer whilst staying at Hotel Adlon. The restaurant itself can be found on the second floor of this magnificent building, and is actually one of several restaurants the hotel has to offer. We had only heard great things about this restaurant and we were very excited to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about.

Having learned of its two Michelin stars, we were anticipating a memorable evening. We’re usually tempted by a tasting menu and this occasion was no exception. We decided upon the six course tasting menu, created by Executive Chef, Hendrik Otto, along with wine pairings courtesy of the restaurant’s theatrical, yet highly knowledgeable, sommelier, Shabab Jalali.

We were very well looked after from the moment we were seated. Shabab and the small army of serving staff were always on hand to ensure that we were having a pleasant evening; making the service a perfect balance of attentiveness.

The décor throughout the restaurant is traditionally elegant. If you're lucky enough to be seated near the window then you will have the added pleasure of watching the sun set over the Brandenburg Gate and as day turns to night the city is filled with light, all of which can be observed and admired from your dining table.

To begin our evening, we were presented with a glass of the 2004 Dom Ruinart Rosé, Maison Ruinart, Reims Champagne as an aperitif. The subtle rose flavour with a hint of sweetness was incredibly moreish and set us up perfectly in anticipation of our meal.

The first course on the tasting menu saw goose liver parfait, served with a green pepper cream, pineapple, buttermilk and peach. The richness of the parfait was perfectly cut through by the fruity flavours and a hint of tarragon made for a wonderful balance. We were most impressed by this dish.

To accompany our first course, we thoroughly enjoyed a glass of the 2011 Vouvray Demi-Sec, P. Foreau, Loire, France. Being a semi-sweet wine, we wouldn’t necessarily have chosen this from the wine list, however it perfectly complimented the parfait offering and we were very pleased to have sampled this.

“We simply could not fault our experience at Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer”

Up next we savoured a dish of langoustine, which was served with extract of crustaceans, fennel, Pastis caviar and avocado. The delicate flavours of this dish were astounding - it was superbly fresh, with the anise of the Pastis completing this creation perfectly. To accompany this dish, we enjoyed a glass of the 2012 Silvaner Sekt “Black” Brut Nature, Boessneck, Franconia, Germany.

For our third course, we were served the haddock with an infusion of tomato, lemon, celery, apple and coriander. This fruity accompaniment to white fish was expertly balanced, and was a real highlight for us. With this dish we were presented with a glass of the 2010 Pinot Gris V.V. “Fondation”, Domaine Josmeyer - Alsace, France. The crispness of this wine was very welcomed and it was served perfectly chilled.

Next, we sampled the baked chin of pork, which came served with glazed Roscoff onions, smoked potato cream, pear vinegar and rosemary. This was a wonderful meat course that was executed to perfection. The smoked potato cream was simply delicious. For our fourth wine pairing, we enjoyed the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc “Te Koko”, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand, a fruitier white that really worked very well with the pork.

Our fifth course saw fillet of beef served with gravy, bacon, beans, green asparagus, parsley cream and marjoram. This is a dish that we certainly would have ordered should we have been dining a la carte, and we were not disappointed with the richness and depth of flavour; the beef filet melted in the mouth. In accompaniment, we thoroughly enjoyed a glass of the 2012 Pinot Noir, Boessneck, Franconia, Germany, which was exceptionally smooth.

Our final course saw strawberry essence, served with sorrel-basil ice cream, olive oil, curd and dried milk skin. It was a triumph of textures and flavours, and the perfect dish to end the meal on a high. With this course, we enjoyed the the beautifully balanced 2005 Colheita Port, Niepoort - Douro, Portugal.

We simply could not fault our experience at Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, and would highly recommend that you consider a visit when you are next in Berlin.

Photos courtesy of Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
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