For experimental fine dessert dining – yes, you read that right – CODA in Berlin’s Neukölln neighbourhood is the place to go. René Frank and Oliver Bischoff have created something unique in CODA, the first of its kind in the German capital. There’s a six-course tasting menu here (all desserts), which can be paired with drinks. But if you’re thinking dessert should be limited to one dish, rather than a meal, you need to come here and have that thought roundly turned on its head.
Exquisitely crafted and plated, these dessert dishes are sugar-light, flavour-heavy. Nothing here is artificially coloured or enhanced. Instead, chef René Frank leans deeply into the potential of each natural ingredient. The final result? Combinations like chocolate mousse with pickled plum ice cream and dried plums, tonka bean ice cream, chicory sauce and coal dust. Or aubergines cooked four ways, with pecan ice cream, and apple balsamic.
This is high-end patisserie on display and it’s worth visiting for, whether you’re opting for the full CODA experience with the tasting menu, or just stopping by for a drink in the evening. After all, the cocktails are also a surefire hit – and why wouldn’t they be? They’re part of the holistically delicious experience that CODA offers.
While CODA may look unassuming from the outside, within it’s moody and inviting, all dark toffee-coloured wood and concrete, brushed metal accents and black paint. The perfect place to indulge.