Lichtenberg’s dining scene usually isn’t known to be amongst the classiest, let alone to reach for new culinary heights. Michelin-Star chef Alexander Koppe and his team apparently didn’t care. Our visit to newly opened Skykitchen on the 12th floor of Berlin Andel’s Hotel did nothing short of blowing our tastebuds straight to heaven.
The place boasts a stylish, yet unpretentious interior design. Industrial chic meets Berlin cool. Add a magnificent panoramic view over the eastern part of the city and you’ll get a cosmopolitan touch that reminded us of the likes of New York and Los Angeles. International flair in the heart of Lichtenberg. Who would have thought?
In most fine dining restaurants you’ll find a crowd with their noses up in the air, their biggest concern is to decide if the driver should drive them home to Zehlendorf after dinner or if they swing by at China Club on the way. Skykitchen on the other hand attracts a very diverse, relaxed crowd. From families or just curious Berliners to gourmet chasing food-hipsters there’s everything to be found. They were a bunch of bankers or lawyers to our left (or maybe just car-dealers dressing up for the night) talking about the next big deal they’d make, while pink-haired Friederike and her husband Helmut to our right looked like they’d just crossed the street from one of the grey slab buildings to see how this new restaurant everybody talks about looks like from the inside. First time in a restaurant like this? Probably. Thought it would be this good? Never!
What makes Skykitchen so unique is the insane value for money you get. It’s common to adjust your prices accordingly when the kitchen receives a Michelin-Star, but their team decided to keep the prices stable. While you’ll pay up to 40€ per course (!) in many fine dining restaurants, Koppe’s inventive 3-course menu “From Berlin To The Sea” is to be had for reasonable 43€. Their french menu “Voyage Culinaire” starts at 52€ for 3 courses and goes up to 102€ for 8 courses. This catapults Skykitchen straight to number one on the value for money list. This is delicious high quality food as inexpensive as it gets!
After we were done receiving our little restaurant tour it was finally time for our favourite thing. Food.
As a little Amuse-Gueule we had the pleasure of devouring a roast potato creme with an almost fluid ox meat mash and a hint of sea buckthorn. The balance of the ingredients was nothing short of spectacular. Just when you thought your tongue had it all figured out, a touch of mustard would kick in and create a whole new taste altogether. Mindblowing!
With now high hopes for the actual courses, we leaned back and comfortably sipped away our choice selection of wines. With a total of 4 courses, we had it all covered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and a tasty Riesling made sure we’d stay in the mood.
What followed was a constant exchange of plates and loud “ooohs” and “aaaahs”. It doesn’t matter if you settle for the Voyage Culinaire and the delicious Ohama Beef & Foie Gras with perigord truffle, mushrooms and celeriac, or for the From Berlin To The Sea menu, which offers reinter-preted Berlin dishes like rabbit from Beelitz with beetroot and marvellous sauces consisting of wild herbs and sour milk – you’ll find yourself eating your way from one culinary orgrasm to the next. Part of us hoped the steady supply of courses would never stop, but after lengthy 3 hours we had to take off before our trousers burst into shreds.
Here’s a list of the dishes we had:
Calamaretti And Rabbit
with brandade, baby lettuce, black garlic
Saint Pieere And Pancetta
with fava bean, raddichio, saffron
Étouffé Pigeon And Boudin Noir
with cauliflower, apricat, lemon verbena
Greater Ohama Beef And Foie Gras
with perigord truffle, mushrooms, celeriac
From Berlin To The Sea
Char From Grüneheide
with pickled cucumber, escabeche vegetables, pumpernickel
Rabbit From Beelitz
with beetroot, wild herbs, sour milk
with spreewälder sour cabbage, red pearl onion, grapes
Muesli “Berlin Style”
with cranberry, green apple, yoghurt