One of my absolute favorite establishments in Prenzlauer Berg, former east Berlin. Pasternak sets the mood of a 19th-century home style dining room. The staff is alert and friendly, and the food uncompromisingly delicious.
The restaurant is named after the Nobel price winner Boris Pasternak the author of Dr. Zhivago and has been serving the Berlin crowd Russian and Jewish specialties since the opening in 1987.
Pasternak can proudly offer their home brewed beer. I prefer to start out with one since the rest of the dinner will be accompanied with ice cold premium vodka. Be sure to start out with the Russian caviar, it’s delicious, served on an ice bed with all necessary condiments, blinis, quail egg, onion etc. enough for three to share.
If you prefer a more modest approach they have several pre set menus for a very good value. Such dishes as “Intelligenz” – herring salad, quail eggs with salmon roe, followed by their amazing “Beef Stroganoff” makes you wish you had more space left for dessert. I strongly recommend their house vodka which is 35€ a bottle, served ice cold, perfectly rich and oily, made to marry the tastes of their cousine. As the vodka bottle empties the ambience sets with even more dimmed lights to the tunes of a live pianist. It’s just delightful. Be sure to book a table since it’s a busy place, especially on the weekends.
If you have the chance don’t miss the well known Sunday brunch, it’s worth it!
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