TIM RAUE is a two-star Michelin Chef and is considered as one of the best Chefs in Berlin. He opened his flagship store, Tim Raue, together with his wife Marie-Anne last July 2010, serving Asian-inspired cuisine. It is the top 78 restaurant in the San Pellegrino list.
Tim also opened two new restaurants in 2013 in Berlin–Sra Bua by Tim Rau (Japanese-Thai cuisine) in Hotel Aldon Kempinski, and La Soupe Populaire (German cuisine) in the Studio House of Bötzow Brewery, along Prenzlauer Allee.
We tried Tim Raue restaurant with fashion blogger Camille Co and her awesome sister Charlotte Co on our last day in Berlin, and here’s a photo essay of our experience…
The service is casually friendly and very helpful, but without an overpowering presence.
We ordered the recommended wine, which paired well with the meal. Although a dry riesling would have a been a better wine to drink during lunch.
Camille ordered a 4-course, while Charlotte and I ordered a 3-course lunch set. We all decided to share a bit of the dishes.
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One big octopus tentacle in purple curry (perhaps from beet roots) with a burst of honeydew melon flavor. You can cut it into 10 small slices to enjoy every bit of it. The octopus meat was cooked well, not rubbery, and with just the right bite.
The langoustine, which is from a slim lobster that tasted like a big prawn, is coated and fried in flour, topped with wasabi mayo sauce and lots of deep fried rice chips. It reminded me of our favorite cereal prawn, but served in a Japanese-French way atop of a stock of fish sauce, mango, and carrot. Highly recommended, even if you have to pay an additional premium.
It’s gyoza-like dimsum with Jerusalem artichoke, seared on one side, and topped with big pieces of black truffle. The hazelnut helps clean the palette. It was a unique flavor combination that surprised even us Asians. Nicely done. 🙂
We were impressed by the artwork displayed all over the resto. The artists decided to prove that the bad news in a newspaper can be turned into something positive by erasing most of the words and turning it into a piece of art.
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to know the point of this painting.
It tastes like a sweet & spicy lobster version and is more like an appetizer in portion and taste than a main course.
It’s more of Peking Duck served three ways–a soup, an appetizing terrine, and a main meat course.
The duck liver terrine topped with foie gras cream was extra creamy and rich, you’d wish they served it with some melba toast. Instead, you have to eat the pickled cucumber, 3 dollops of ginger-leak cream, and Chinese barbecue sauce to balance the creaminess in between bites.
The best part of the meal was the big chunk of juicy duck breast cooked medium with crispy skin and a thin layer of fat. It was served on a bed of five-spice waffle with apple and leek, surrounded by sticky duck jus. So good!
This was the most interesting and satisfying dessert with calpico (a Japanese milky softdrink) meringue and cream, with rhubarb sorbet, and raspberries.
Forgettable. Feels like just eating grated cheese.
This vanilla passion fruit meringue with toffee sauce failed to make an impression.
I know it was a bit weird for Asians to be eating in an Asian-inspired Michelin Restaurant. I wasn’t really expecting the food to surprise me and was more after experiencing the most raved about restaurant in Berlin.
I like the casual chic ambiance–it’s quiet but not snooty. The service is smart and the staff builds rapport quickly but disappears in the background. I love the thought provoking artwork that intrigue you and challenge you to take action.
I highly recommend a three-course lunch meal with the following combination (50 €):
- Appetizer: Dim Sum “Jerusalem Artichoke, Black Truffle, & Hazelnut”
- Main Course: Peking Duck Interpretation TR
- Dessert: Calpico, Raspberry, & Rhubarb
I would like to meet him in person one of these days, and would love to try his German food creations.
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
Lunch opens at 12.00nn | Kitchen open until 1.30pm | restaurant open until 3.00pm
Dinner opens at 7.00pm | Kichen open until 9.30pm | restaurant open until 12.00mn.
Tim Raue lunch menu
3 course menu 38 € | 4 course menu 48 €
5 cousre menu 58 € | 6 course menu 68 €
* 8 € supplemenet
** 12 € supplement
prices in €, including 19% tax
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Disclosure: We paid for our meal. Our Berlin Trip was courtesy of the Foreign Ministry as part of the Blogger Visitors Program of the Federal Republic of Germany. I wrote this article with my own biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. Budget about 80 €/person with wine.