CINCO Restaurant at Das Stue | Berlin, Germany | If there is a hot spot in Berlin these days, it would have to be the new Das Stue Hotel and all its food and beverage outlets, which include the fine dinning 5 – Cinco by Paco Pérez, the first project of four-times Michelin starred Catalonian Chef Paco Pérez outside of Spain. Cinco, Spanish for five, tickles all five senses, from eyes to tongue, and also represents the five fingers of the hand, symbolizing the handcrafted flavours of Pérez’s culinary art. Cinco fine dining awakens the emotions with avant-garde taste experiences. In November 2013 the Michelin Guide awarded Cinco its first Michelin star. The design of the room, by Patricia Urquiola, is cosy and avant-garde, while understated and simple. I loved the open views to the kitchen. Our only comment, seating in the middle main tables, since we were four, was that the lights were too bright. Other than than that Cinco was indeed a treat to all senses.
While my friends were enjoying coffee some courtesies by the chef, I stepped away to do a short site inspection of the hotel and other common areas. Das Stue, is located at the former Dutch Embassy, next to the Tiergarten Park, in Berlin‘s prestigious Embassy Quarter and literally facing the Berlin Zoo. I can see why for first timers to Berlin, the location might me a bit discouraging, specially during winter season. But if you are like me, and you enjoy tranquility and to be able to withdraw back to your hotel, after a day of exploring, then not to worry. And again both the hotel, restaurants and bar scene, are these days the place to be and be seen in Berlin. Or at least I felt that way. When we finished dinner at Cinco, we quickly moved to the bar, where a DJ was playing live and a very nice and chic crowd, mix of locals, foreigners and guest of the hotel, where hanging around indoors and at their heated outdoors patio. The rumor says , rooms face to the African Section of the Berlin Zoo, and you can see all the animals right from your room, you mini Safari in Berlin. Unfortunately we came to visit the hotel by night, and I was not able to witness (by any of my Cinco senses) this. Enjoy my photo tour of the rest of the hotel.
Back to Cinco, I experience a very sort of modern take on Spanish traditional dishes, which in some way it felt bordered the molecular concept. Our Sommelier, chose a wonderful German White wine, which was dry and crisp. My choices for the night were: Tuna, mojama, wasabi, and shots of sodium and mayonnaise (EUR 38) and the Grilled Scampis (EUR 43). They also feature a full Experience Menu (EUR 140). In between dishes, a few courtesies from the Chef, kept coming to the table. The one that stood up the most, for me, where the Foie Gras Chocolate Donuts. Trust me I am neither a fan of chocolate nor Foie Gras, but this combination worked and melted in my mouth. Cinco is not the only restaurant by Chef Paco Pérez at Das Stue Hotel. Casual is their second option, dishes are simple, but never simplistic, and created according to the rules of honest craftsmanship – no gimmicks or extravagant flourishes.
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