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Facil, Berlin

The Mandala Hotel
3 Potsdamer Strasse
Germany 10785
Tel: 49 30 5900 51234's insider take:

Despite a pricey concentration of architectural statements by famous names, it's taken some time for the Postdamer Platz, for so long a no-man's-land in the divided city, to become a real part of Berlin again. Now, with the opening of several sleek new hotels, including the Mandala Hotel, a certain vitality is returning, and part of it is explained by the popularity of Facil, the Mandala's restaurant. Germans love in-your-face modern architecture, which is why the glass-cube dining room here, surrounded by a bamboo- and maple-planted terrace and sporting a retractable roof, has instantly become so popular with the city's fashion set. Even more important, chef Michael Kempf is whipping up some of the most interesting food in town. Kempf's menus change regularly, but dishes like his terrine of vegetables with cod-and-basil ice cream and bison steak with chanterelles and apricots are not only nervy but delicious. The young waiters get a little carried away with the fabulousness of it all from time to time, and occasionally Kempf gets a little too complicated, but overall, Facil does dazzling dining for a sexy international crowd.

Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

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