On the Alte Schönhauser Allee, just down the street from the hyped Monsieur Vuong, one stumbles onto the bar- restaurant Blaues Band. It is exactly what one would expect from a bar and restaurant in Mitte. It is bright, sleek, design-y (without being too overbearing) and cosy. Upon entering, the first thing you see a large wooden round bar that looks more than welcoming with its dozens of bottles temptingly displaying their potentially intoxicating liquids. At the beginning of the evening, after drinks and right before dinner, the restaurant can be a bit empty. But soon enough the working people of Berlin end their day with a drink or a meal, and Blaues Band fills up.
Eating at Blaues Band
Basically, this is a great place to pop in on a week day for a drink after work. Yet, beware, as it is also one of those typically dangerous places where one drink will continue into another and these two drinks will morph into dinner. This is exactly what happened to me, after two glasses of delicious red wine. They have 3 to 5 open wines (per white or red) and they cost 4 to 5 euros. You do get a nice and proper glass and the service is very friendly.
The walls at the Blaues Band are a bright mixture of greens, blues and reds. The colours do not shout or scream, they are quite simply atmospheric. Tables are made of a medium-brown wooden texture and the lights shine charmingly throughout the entire restaurant. The standard menu at Blaues Band is normal, yet a bit nicer, German cuisine. For 10 to 12 euros you can order a classical meaty dish, nibble on the well-known German Schnitzel or gnaw on healthy salad leaves. But the best thing about Blaues Band is that they offer you a different daily special every day for eight to nine euros, which is a very decent price for a great platter of food. On that day, the meal of the day was roastbeef with Bratkartoffeln, salad and a horseradish dressing. And this was exactly what I decided to order – and I was not disappointed. The roastbeef was juicy, flavoursome and the potatoes and salad were exceptionally yummy and a good portion too.
Desserts at the Blaues Band are partially taken up by naughty little containers of Ben & Jerry’s, which tastes good, but is not very creative. Whereas I only had dinner here, the location is also perfect for a brunch or lunch in Mitte, as they do daily lunch specials and sandwiches.
What Makes this Restaurant Fabulous?
- Good atmosphere, nice déco. A step up from your average bar-restaurant, but not too posh for it to warrant a special occassion.
- Friendly staff, a decent ‚classical‘ menu and some very nice wines.
- Great, budget-proof daily specials.
What Makes this Restaurant less Fabulous?
- Blaues Band is a bar-combination-restaurant. They do offer nice food, but it is not the most fabulous cuisine you have ever experienced. Their menu is also not too exciting – their dishes are basically all well-known classics that are really nice to enjoy from time to time. If you have some visitors in Berlin, or people who like some German-esque food without having to go and get currywurst or hop into a horrible-looking German eatery, Blaues Band is a great alternative.
Where to Go?
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Alte Schönhauser Straße 7