There is simply no question about it. NOBELHART & SCHMUTZIG SPEISELOKAL ‘s experience is one of the must-stops for every foodie visiting or living in Berlin. This unconventional and beautiful dining experience has certainly made a mark on Berlin’s new gastronomy scene. No wonder it just got its first Michelin Star.
Take the subway to Kochstrasse (U6) to an “up and coming” area between Mitte and Kreuzberg. Just south of the tourist-ridden Checkpoint Charlie, Nobelhart & Schmutzig is located in a less than attractive building. If you don’t pay close attention, you may actually miss the sign outfront. But wait…once you get in, it feels like you’ve been transported to another dimension. The design is absolutely stunning and somewhat subdued, cozy and on the darker side. The kitchen is surrounded by the most stunning giant counter I have seen in Berlin. This gives guests the oppotunity to constantly interact and watch the staff going about their business of making a delicious dining experience. There are a few communal tables in the back, if you prefer a more traditional approach to dining.
We simply loved our overall experience. Tip: if you can, let Billy Wagner (owner and somellier) take over the wine pairing and recommend whatever he feels is the best option. Yes, this might make your bill a little “saltier”…but it will definitely make the experience that much richer. Plus, it is an awesome opportunity to interact and ask him questions. Don’t feel pressured, though, if you either go for the pre-set pairing or just pick your own pairing, you will most definitely enjoy the food here. On to the menu…
At NOBELHART & SCHMUTZIG SPEISELOKAL there is no “à la carte” service. There is only one menu consisting of 10 courses. The restaurant philosophy is to source everything locally. All of it. That totally sets the tone for what kind of food you will get. Seasonality definitely plays a big role here and you should be aware of that. Pick the warmer months to come here, if you prefer a more “colorful” menu. Otherwise, do not worry. No matter what time of the year, they serve some of the most beautiful food in Berlin.
The ambiance is on the quieter side, but as the night progresses and the wine glasses are poured, you notice the initially somewhat stiff mood change. We were loud from the beginning….oopsie! ; )
Reserve WAY in advance. It is a current hot spot.
Address: Friedrichstrasse 218 Berlin