We have already written about the Weinerei. We have also been here many, many times. Sadly, the format of the restaurant has changed. Where before we could rave about the fabulous feature of not-having-to-pay-a-set-bill, we now have to inform you that you pay normal prices at the Weinerei these days. Previously, after wining and dining, the rule was that you give as much money to this institution as you wanted. Two euros, or two hundred – it was basically up to you.
Restaurant the Weinerei in Berlin Today
These days, you pay 25 euros for the complete four course dinner, as well as set prices for the wine. But the food nor the place has changed any of its appeal. Maybe not so interesting for international students who enjoy fleeing restaurants without paying, but moreso interesting for the culinary guest or resident of Berlin.
As we mentioned before, in our previous (I think even very first) review, the Weinerei does four course meals. You ought to order the lot, as it is part of the experience and simply worth a try. Some nights you can find some gastronomic jewels on your plate here in the midst of languid Prenzlauer-bordering-on-Mitte décor. But other nights you may very well be left disappointed. It’s the charm as well as the curse of this little eatery. Each night they have one menu, with two choices on each course (excluding the dessert, that is a choiceless course). Once I ate delicious Perlhuhn here – a meat generally consired quite upscale – but I also stuck my fork in a unambitious chicken. I find it challenging and exciting, to go to a small-scaled restaurant like the Weinerei where you can either hit the jackpot, or be left with with a sour smile.
Eating at the Weinerei
However, back to food, as we finally got around to shoot this place up properly. To give you a current example of the menu at the Weinerei.
Two appetizers that were absolutely amazing. A salad with slices of rabbit, avocado and a subtle mustard dressing. The second Vorspeise was literally one for the books: a little tower that reminded me of a English pie, but with German sausage (Blutwurst), Rotkohl and a slightly salty and sour sauce. With a photographic frothy foam creation on top. Detail: it tasted great.
As the second, in-between dish, the Weinerei regularly offers their home-made filled pasta. This is one of the best dishes they do, so make sure to order this. You get a small selection of four to five large pieces (pelmeni-like, the Russian stuffed pasta) and you will enjoy every taste. Last time I had a truffle pasta here, which was the best pasta food I have ever had the pleasure of eating. Absolutely recommendable.
The main courses of the evening (two to choose from) consisted of a fish and a meat dish. The meat was a classical steak on a bed of green beans, mushrooms and other fresh vegetables. The fish choice of the evening was a catfish, a rather rare kind of fish to eat in your average restaurant. The fish was combined with hearty lentils (great combination!) and carrots topping the bulging hill of lentils. Both dishes were well-prepared, savoury and subtle. The Weinerei knows that they should not overdo food with dominant sauces or over the top combinations. It was absolutely delicious.
Last but not least, we know I enjoy a good dessert. The Weinerei generally does exciting desserts – but it can be a bit of a chance. Our last dessert collection here looked fabulous (a trio of fruity desserts: a little tart, parfait and a drink-like substance), but was disappointing. The tart looked great, but tasted bland, the parfait was still frozen (a classical mistake) and the drink was just strange.
All in all, a great dinner and a great place to go for getting a culinary discovery and surprise without too much of a hassle or too much thinking. Definitely worth going to.
What Makes this Restaurant Fabulous:
- The food, which just tastes fantastic (most of the time). You can really taste that they prepare everything right there on the spot, which makes it a very authentic and yummy experience. Do order all four courses!
- The atmosphere, which consists of some funky art-deco on the walls and cosy DDR-furnishings, which makes it a great place to spend an intimate evening.
What Makes this Restaurant Less Fabulous:
- It can be busy here, but since the change of price-philosophy, it has been a bit more laid-back. Do reserve a table if you are coming for a special occasion.
Where to Go?
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