Address: Auguststraße 11-13, Berlin, Germany
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:30pm (bar open until 2 am), closed Sundays and Mondays
Price: tasting menus: lunch 34€ – 59€, dinner 89€ – 104€
Type: Michelin restaurant, hip bar, historic space
Go for: lunch, dinner, a date, drinks
Credit Cards: major credit cards accepted
Outdoor Seating: yes, terrace
Pauly Saal delights the taste buds of travelers and locals alike with inventive, modern takes on the staples of traditional German cuisine. Pauly Saal’s ever-changing tasting menu pulls from seasonally appropriate, locally-sourced ingredients and includes a wide-enough range of courses (four to six for the dinner menus, with an optional cheese plate) to fully satisfy any and all cravings you might have.
Typical menus highlight rich meats like lamb, goat or ox alongside seafood, vegetable dishes and inspired desserts — often deconstructed takes on can’t-go-wrong classics like käsetörtchen mit birnenkompott – cheese tart with pear compote. Every dish is delivered with artsy, creative platings, making a meal at Pauly Saal one that is sure to appeal to anyone with an appetite or an eye for aesthetics. Plus, the reasonable pricing makes it a great opportunity to try a Michelin-starred restaurant without blowing your vacation budget.
Why We Want to Go
- As chronic sufferers of menu anxiety, we love tasting menus that let us try a little bit of everything.
- The decor alone calls for a visit: located in an old Jewish girls’ school, the classic, history-steeped atmosphere is spiced up with eccentric accents like a giant rocket along one wall and odd (yet tasteful) taxidermy displays.
- Diners rave about the warm, attentive service with wines and cheeses hand-picked to please every guest’s tastes.
What We Want to Eat
The menu changes on a regular basis, but when we visit, we sure hope they’re serving…
- Grilled Mackerel: an appetizer-sized portion complemented with cucumber sorbet
- Ox Entrecôte: perfectly charred yet melt-in-your-mouth tender ox ribeye
- German Ravioli: a vegetarian dish served with peas, thinly sliced seasonal mushrooms and apricots
- Apricot Dumpling: dessert dish accompanied by ice cream and candied acacia blooms (yes, they’re edible!)
Author: Cara Meglio | Images via Pauly Saal