April 2015, Our lunch || Our Stay @ Das Stue || Berlin || Germany || A Member of Design Hotels || Our Lunch @ The Casual by Paco Pérez || Our Birthday Lunch || APRIL 2015 || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr We wanted to celebrate with a special meal, when my fiancé had birthday during our holiday in Berlin. One of the reasons we booked Das Stue was access to The Casual. Spanish cuisine in Germany by Michelin stared chef Paco Pérez intrigued us. He has 5 Michelin stars to his name. Reserving our table proofed a bit more difficult at first. There is an online booking system, which we tried to use, but it stated there were no tables available on the Sunday we had in mind or any other. The website showed clearly the restaurant was open during weekends. Since I had contact with Das Stue previously to forward our wishes, I sent them an email to advise them we would also like to reserve a table for two at The Casual by Paco Pérez. They seemed themselves surprised that the reservation system didn't accept bookings for weekends. They confirmed our reservation promptly. To reach The Casual we had to pass the infamous crocodile sculpture, the staircase and the reception, turning left before the bar. The dining room was small, modern and held in monochrome colors - grey and black. There were lamps crossing each other. The Casual wasn't busy when we arrived. There was a small group, but they were about to leave. There was no staff, so we took a seat by ourselves. It didn't matter to the employees, who arrived shortly afterwards. We were offered the menu in German or English. We chose English, since this is the language we use every day - at home and at work. Having researched the menu online already we had a fair idea what we wanted to have. We ordered a large bottle of still water and two glasses of Tarlant Rose Champagne. The champagne is interesting, because it is family owned by the Tarlants for around ten generations. Their first Champagne was produced in 1687. We also decided to have three dishes we were going to share tapas style. We had Arturo Sanchez Jamon Iberico de Bellota with Coca Bread and tomato. The company is famous for making the finest Black Pig products. The ham was served on a large plate, the bread came in a separate basket and the tomato paste in a small bowl. Another dish was Sant Andreu de Llavaneres Pea Stew with beef and Iberian Pork meatballs. Our third tapas dish was Tortilla de Patata with Gilda. They all arrived at the same time and were delicious and high quality. To round up the meal we ordered two Latte Macchiato, a pineapple crème Brulee with caramel ice cream and a hazelnut coulant with macadamia nuts and chocolate ice cream. Another dessert on the menu, which we had a day before through in room dining is the Crazy Coconut. It was our favorite, so we shared it again for lunch too. The hazelnut coulant was similar to a chocolate fondant and hot hazelnut sauce was flowing out when opening the pastry. The pineapple crème Brule was sweet and sumptuous, but light too. During our lunch the restaurant got slightly busier with a business meeting going on beside us on a larger table. There was also a single man, working on his laptop and a Korean couple. As expected of such a restaurant, the guests were international. Overall we had a good experience. The staff was warm and helpful and the meal delightful. The experience wasn't flawless, though. For example they forgot one of our coffees and the bill was wrong, but everything was rectified very quickly and without a quibble, but with a smile. The bill came in at 121 Euro (ca. 134.30 USD). Should we be staying at Das Stue again, we will happily return for another memorable meal at this restaurant. Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES! Would we want to eat here again in our future? YES!