Lutter und Wegner
A successful long-running Berlin restaurant, Lutter and Wegner enjoys a special place in local cultural history. Once the house of writer ETA Hoffman, it was here that the German name for sparkling wine ‘sekt‘ was first coined. In more recent times, the restaurant has found fame with its award winning sauerbraten – a traditional dish of beef marinated in vinegar. Offering German cuisine with an Austrian accent, Lutter und Wegner is popular both with tourists from nearby hotels and sticklers for restaurant tradition. Those serious about their food should opt for the restaurant, while the cheaper menu in the bistro next door is excellent for something quick and easy. A romantic basement wine cellar flickers with candle light and is a great space to sample some of the 700 wines on offer, the upper end of which reaches $2,500. Several other branches of Lutter und Wegner have opened up around the city such is the popularity of the cooking and the adherence to tradition.