I know that German restaurants can have a funny thing about giving tap water to diners but given that everyone knows it's a total scam to make you buy their very expensive bottled water, (German tap water has higher safety regulations even than mineral water.) you would have thought that a decent restaurant would let a breastfeeding woman with a raging thirst have a carafe of tap water - especially when she's with others, and everyone's ordering two courses and wine.
But no. The previously charming waiter here turned grim and cold when we asked him and stuck to his refusal. When we said - truthfully -that we'd been given tap water everywhere else in Berlin we'd eaten, he accused us of lying. Twice!
When we asked to speak to the manager, he disappeared for ages, eventually returning with two glasses of tap water. He rudely banged them down on the table and stamped off, saying over his shoulder that was "All we would get."
His treatment of us afterwards was haughty, abrupt and disdainful. It really, really upset me - and I'm quite tough usually!
It's a shame - the food here was good - but I find both the refusal to give me water and the waiter's behaviour afterwards unforgivable. The waiter saw me breastfeeding, so there was no confusion there. I also don't think it was because he minded me feeding my baby in his restaurant: Berliners are very cool about that stuff and anyway, he showed no sign of disapproval - before, that is, we had the effrontery to ask for tap water.
Please don't go here - walk a few steps further and go to two far better and infinitely more friendly restaurants: Restauration 1900, Husemannstr.1 and Gugelhof, Knaackstr 37.
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