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On Tour – Traveller Made Is In Love With Berlin

A staggering 172 billion euros was spent on international luxury travel last year and Berlin ranks amongst the most popular travel destinations for high-price trips in Europe. To further promote Berlin’s luxury segment for the rich and famous, the city’s most prestigious hotels and visitBerlin have invited travel designers from Traveller Made to an exclusive trip to Berlin. The trip has one aim and one aim only: to display that Berlin has grown up and now offers an extravagant lifestyle scene to those who seek it.

Naturally there’s only one address when it comes to finding the best tours available for money: Berlinagenten. We were entrusted with the daily program for the 12 visitors and we’ll tell you this much already: Berlin was ranked 10 out of 10 points.

After throwing a classy champagne reception, we guided the travel agents around the city. From a private visit to the Platoon Art Hall and Berlin’s classical sights like Potsdamer Platz and Hackescher Market, to supper at the super tasty Studio by Tim Raue, no rock was left unturned. On Teufelsberg – Berlin’s highest hill – we did a graffiti tour and an on-the-spot graffiti workshop for all group members. What could be more exclusive than spraying on the walls of an old CIA listening station that’s shut down to public?!

After some of the darkest secrets of the Cold War were unravelled (if we told you, we’d have to kill you), we showcased Berlin’s upcoming high-end cuisine. While Berlin’s luxurious hotel and jetset scene is only slowly catching up with its European rivals, the quality of Berlin’s food scene has skyrocketed in the past years. Hence our super tasty gourmet tour through Berlin’s finest restaurants was a real mind-blower. The extraordinary french cuisine at Le Faubourg, the trendy Spindler restaurant by the Spree, the famous Sage restaurant and of course, Berlin’s new Asian star Zen Kichi were the perfect addresses to display Berlin’s new love for luxury.

The glamour wouldn’t run out until the early morning, when our now tired but happy travel agents were driven back to their respective 5 star hotels from the celeb-studded Pearl Club. The best VIP section and an endless supply of champagne bottles had our heads slightly spinning. The 10/10 ranking has proven that Berlin is ready for more high-end travellers, and we’re the perfect haven for top notch private tours through the city. We’re ready for more!

 

The Scene meets Zen Kichi

“Hey look at th- AAAAHHH”. Whoops. We mistook one of the waiters for a ninja again. Upon descending the stairway leading into the underground maze called Zen Kichi near Friedrichstraße, you can’t help but feeling like Alice entering Wonderland. With the light dimmed down low, the path is surrounded by bamboo stems and dark woodwork while the encircling walls are largely covered by mirrors, creating the illusion of an endless fairytale forest that could house anything from ninjas to unicorns. Can’t say we’ve ever seen anything this cool before.

The harmonic interior was designed by Motoko Watanabe, the masterbrain behind Zen Kichi. While she’s responsible for the concept and the lion’s share of the work, her husband Shaul Margulies is the muscle in their tag team. Both Zen Kichi New York and Zen Kichi Berlin have been handbuilt by Shaul and just a bunch of helping hands!

The place stands out from your usual dining experience. Apart from stunning visuals and the intimate atmosphere the 35 separées create, there’s another thing that’s bound to leave you speechless: the dishes. Forget about your european-style sushi, Zen Kichi offers some culinary delights largely unheard of in this part of the hemisphere. We don’t want to give away too much, but be assured: Zen Kichi will take both you and your taste buds on a heavenly journey straight to Japan.

The culinary team is putting up a huge effort to serve you nothing but the best ingredients available. While the taste is japanese, the menu features many international treasures. We had fish from Alaska, apple-fed pork from Brandenburg, beef from Ireland and a fine selection of Sake from Japan, handpicked by Motoko herself. She’s also a Sake sommelier, so expect nothing but the best Sake in town.

Summing it up, Zen Kichi adds a promising new facet to Berlin’s culinary world. It’s not only a vivid experience for your tastebuds, it’s also a journey to another world of cool.

Here’s a short selection of the dishes we had:

Apple-Fed Pork Kalumi – original pork belly with simmered egg in a traditional sweet-dashi broth

Bamboo Tsukune Chicken – Japanese chicken meatball on bamboo served with soft egg dipping sauce

Hijiki – Japanese seaweed simmered in sweet sake and soy sauce

Grilled Saikyo Black Cod – Alaskan Black Cod in Zenkichi’s original Kyoto miso marinade

Rocksalt Jidori Chicken – Simply grilled free-range chicken with sprinkle lemon

Organic Beef Tataki – Organic filet mignon (rare) thinly sliced and lightly seared: served with ginger garlic soy sauce