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“close but no cigar”
Review of Dos Palillos - CLOSED

Dos Palillos
Price range: $25 - $250
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mitte
Reviewed December 23, 2012

We had wanted to go to Dos Palillos for a long time. The idea of one of the chefs from the legendary “El Bulli” running a place around the corner from where we live was exciting, to say the least.

SERVICE

Friendly is the word that comes to mind. The waitress had an easy smile and quickly dashed back to the kitchen to fix a hot rock that wasn’t hot enough. Unfortunately, they heated the mussels on the stove, instead of simply reheating the rock, overcooking them.

PRESENTATION

Very cool. The mussels were especially well presented, with their little crockery pitcher with hot green coconut juice and the hot rock dish sitting in rock salt. The miniature burger (why do so many chefs favor this gimmicky, unappetizing dish?) was cute, but uninspiring and disappeared in one bite. The dim sum looked like, well, dim sum. The postcard with the details of the preparation given at the door is more interesting to see and should be presented with the dish.

DÉCOR

Industrial chic. This place is probably fun if you are in town alone and sit at the counter. Otherwise, it left me a bit cold.

THE FOOD

Not bad. The shrimp and pancetta dim sum as well as the mussels with Thai spices served in that cool rock bowl were both very tasty. “Close but no cigar” comes to mind. If Dos Palillos did not have the stiff competition of places like Tim Raue and Reinstoff, it might stand out more. You certainly cannot argue with a 22 euro lunch menu that includes coffee. Nonetheless, unlike Tim Raue’s 38 euro lunch menu, it leaves you saying yes to the offer of adding a dish, which adds a bit to the tab. There are no “amuse bouches” and few of the trappings of the high level restaurant this place clearly wants to be. The ingredients are fresh and good quality, the Asian-fusion approach is consistent and clear, and yet it seems to lack that “je ne sais quoi” that makes a restaurant truly original. Perhaps the chef should take out his chemistry set from “El Bulli”.

Spend a little extra and have lunch at Tim Raue or dinner at Reinstoff. They are both significantly better than Dos Palillos. Former El Bulli chefs have done far better at places like Alinea in Chicago, where they have taken the genius of the legendary place one step further rather than abandoning their roots.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

The first time you see it, the concept is interesting because the setup is different. You sit at a long bar, you watch food being prepared and each cook brings the food they prepare - small portions, extensive range - and explain what it is.
Do NOT attempt to deviate from the set menu and do NOT visit with small children. We did both and found out both are bad ideas.
This was our second visit, we really enjoyed it the first time but this time we had a kinda boring "déjà vu" experience, i.e., don't think we're going back.
Do it once for the experience..., if you can afford it!

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Thank Tassos-Petioula
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

When going to an el bulli trained chef, the expectations gets high.... However the food here is actually very basic and the combination nothing surprising. Non of the 18 plates had any mix i have not tasted before, and the portions are so small that the first hour gets very long if you are hungry. The service however is amazingly good and their attention to details impressive. The bar is also very nice to sit at as you get entertained by what is happening in front of you.

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Thank Stale V
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Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

We visited on a friends recommendation and enjoyed the experience.

We booked ahead and they were happy to adapt the set menu to suit a vegetarian. The staff were all friendly and made us feel welcome.

Only one other group was eating for most of our meal which felt odd. It definitely changed the atmosphere of the place and made it eerily subdued.

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Thank James H
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Pedant atmosphere and a heavy and not satisfying food. The cousine seems to work hard by the kind of blend they propose but the mix of flavors was bad choosen and the staff could work better to seduce you to the akward experience. They make you feel like a student when you are supposed to have your senses pleased.
Bad choice for the last night in Berlin. Didn't worthed the price at all.

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Thank Marcel87608760876087
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