Fischers Fritz, Berlin
Tel: 49 30 20 33 63 63
Concierge.com's insider take:
Housed in the luxe Regent hotel, Fischers Fritz is a redoubt of old-fashioned plush, wood paneling, and hushed voices. Christian Lohse's cooking, which specializes in fish and seafood, somehow manages to exceed the setting's refinement. Diners eat from oddly shaped bespoke china, and the food resembles Bauhaus architecture in its clean lines and minimal forms. Lohse creates stunningly complex flavors in his dishes, such as a tartare of smoked eel that delivers an ethereal smokiness, or a filet of red mullet that comes in a bouillabaisse-style broth that beats the original for concentrated flavor. Odd ingredients like chipirones (tiny dwarf octopus) and lily flowers abound, and the only negative may be a tendency to take things a step too far—diners may scratch their heads when comparing what's on their plates with the menu descriptions. This is, however, a good thing in the land of currywurst. For those hoping to partake of Lohse's cooking but pay less than the standard Michelin-star tab (this is the only restaurant in Berlin to have two stars), try the business lunch special.
Open daily noon to 2 pm and 6:30 to 10:30 pm.