There is no love sincerer than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw
I adore food, which is probably evident from the plethora of food-based posts scattered throughout this blog. I enjoy the feel and atmosphere of a packed or modestly busy restaurant, and I relish eating at places (regardless of the price) where the chef and kitchen clearly take pride in what they do. It can be a small inconspicuous bistro or an ostentatious and glam affair, the important thing is that there’s food so good it easily provokes sighs of pleasure to fall from my wine and chocolate stained lips.
The kind of place that makes me weep into my food.
Located in Kreuzberg (Berlin) behind Checkpoint Charlie is the lactose, gluten and sugar-free haven of Tim Raue. Run by Tim Raue and his wife Marie-Anne, the fusion restaurant opened its doors in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. By the end of 2012 it had two Michelin stars under its belt and a legion of clientele who raved about the food.
The mission of the Tim Raue is to serve up “Asian-inspired cuisine which can be characterised as a combination of Japanese product perfection, Thai aromas and Chinese cooking philosophy.” The restaurant is spacious, sumptuous and au courant, with gallery lighting that sets off an interior that’s a mix of old-world Asia and 50s/60s Europe: banquettes, American walnut tables and Vitra Eames chairs scattered about.
At the back of the restaurant is the expansive open kitchen that is visible from the long Krug table should you choose to dine there. Splashes of fuchsia are splattered on the wall and the wait staff sport pink blazers as they hustle from table to table with their friendly demeanour. There are two tasting menus available at Tim Raue – along with a la carte options – so in the spirit of pulling out all the stops we decided to go for the tasting menu and had wine to accompany each dish.
Best. Decision. Ever.
Over the course of 3.5 hours we slurped, savoured, mmmmmed and ahhhhhhed our way through
roughly six eight to nine courses. The food was incredible, especially since it was lactose and gluten free and no white sugar was used in any of the dishes.
There was blue lobster and guinea fowl, suckling pig and crayfish, and each dish was meticulously and seductively laid out, which sometimes made you pause before sticking your cutlery into the food-art before you. Once you did however, the flavour and texture would overwhelm, satiate and make you stop in mid-sentence so you could give your undivided attention to the food in front of you.
I mean, it’s been a long time since I’ve had certain things like “ice cream” and “beef with beurre,” and while I don’t miss those things all that much, it was such a treat to try items (imperial caviar anyone?) I don’t normally eat and consume something that was craftily devised and earnestly served, and wholly enjoy it.
Revel in it.
Almost lose my mind over it.
Achtung! The price tag at the end of the evening isn’t for the faint of heart, however given the quality of the food, the attention the waitstaff provide and the ambiance of the restaurant it is worth the splurge if you have some Euros to send up in flames.
Burn baby, burn.
Restuarant Tim Raue
10969 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 2 59 3 79 30
Open Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 14:00 and 19:00 pm – 22:00 pm.