If Books Do Furnish A Room, Wine Bottles Do Furnish A Restaurant.
Walter and Benjamin is a wine store and restaurant. Evenings are usually full, reservations impossible unless you're a friend of the family. Food is usually excellent (there are exceptions when reserve chefs try their best if someone is ill or on holiday).
And then there is the delightful occasion when a guest chef appears. Last night was one, when a star chef guest cooked for the week, so you know the place is well connected to the culinary scene. The sommelier, Christophe, is among the best in town (as well as charming).
The pheasant in grape sauce was a grand starter, as was the seared salmon, but the triumph of the evening was a deer fillet in red beets, prunes and port sauce paired with a Chateau neuf du Pape. Simply superb, it relegated a wonderful wild boar with sauerkraut and chorizo to the shadows.
Although service is relaxed and friendly, it is also impeccable - like eating at home with staff on hand, and having a superb wine cellar to boot.
There are not many tables so get there either early (18:00 - 19:00) or late.
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