April 2016, Our lunch experiences During my fiancé’s birthday travel in April 2016 we decided to have lunch at VAU. It has one Michelin star and is just off the Gendarmenmarkt, where the Franzoesiche Dom and Deutscher Dom are located, on Jaegerstrasse in the heart of Berlin, Germany. It is in a quiet area and VAU has as a direct neighbor the Greek Embassy. The classic building has a vibrant color and a Mediterranean feel. || VAU || 1* MICHELIN STAR || 16 GAULT MILLAU POINTS || CHEF: KOLJA KLEEBERG || OUR MEMORABLE 3-COURSE LUNCH IN THE HEART OF BERLIN || GERMANY || HIGHLY RECOMMENDED || OUR DUB-AMS-[RTM]-AMS-HAM-[TXL]-DUB-TOUR-APRIL 2016 || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr The interior was designed by Meinhard von Gerkan. He was also responsible for Le Canard Nouveau in Hamburg, where we had lunch only a few days earlier. Please see our review. There are some things both restaurants have in common: The chairs and the use of wood. Otherwise Le Canard Nouveau is understated and Japanese/Asian, while VAU is inspired by the sunnier climates of Southern Europe. VAU is divided into two spaces. One at the back, which contains the most of the tables, and another, bright space where ca. 10 people can sit. The window is very large, and reminds us more of a show window of a shop which lets in lots of natural daylight. Another reason was the personality of the chef Kolja Kleeberg. He is very creative - not only in the kitchen. He is a musician and actor as well. The first thing, when entering, we encountered was the bar, which looked stylish and right out of the 1930s. We were warmly welcomed and brought to our table near the window. There was an elderly couple already enjoying their lunch. Later a group and a single business man arrived. The atmosphere was good and the staff made us immediately feel welcome and at home. The table was covered with a white linen cloth and had a flower in a vase as decoration. We were offered Seltzer water, which was included in the price of the lunch, and asked if we would like to have an aperitif. We checked if they had alcohol-free cocktails. The bartender came to us and asked if we wanted a classic or modern one. We decided for the latter. It was made with Matcha green tea, lime, grape juice and soda and was served in a Martini glass. We both loved it. The combination was just right, not too sweet and not too dry. Next bread and salted butter were brought to our table which we enjoyed, a good start. We chose from the lunch menu and decided on three courses. Our starters were roasted cod, onion tarte fine, rocket salad and anchovies and asparagus ceviche, elderberry, pomelo and watercress. It was followed by crisp pike perch, spinach, brown butter, almonds and pink grapefruit and pink fried duck breast with wild broccoli and radicchio trevisano. Desserts were Piedmont hazelnut cake with cream praline and sea buck thorn and Tarte Tartine with rum raisins and walnut. My fiancé wanted to try the other non-alcoholic drink with orange juice and Sun-bitters. It came in a long ball glass and was decorated with skewered orange pieces. The "classic" was equally memorable as was the "modern" non-alcoholic cocktail we enjoyed earlier. || VAU || 1* MICHELIN STAR || 16 GAULT MILLAU POINTS || CHEF: KOLJA KLEEBERG || OUR MEMORABLE 3-COURSE LUNCH IN THE HEART OF BERLIN || GERMANY || HIGHLY RECOMMENDED || OUR DUB-AMS-[RTM]-AMS-HAM-[TXL]-DUB-TOUR-APRIL 2016 || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr With the choice of our coffee, Cappuccino, which was also included in the meal, we received Canele, the same pastry as we had at the FG Restaurant in Rotterdam, The Netherlands earlier during our travels. Please see also our review for more. The menu was well prepared, the flavors balanced and fitting to the ambience of the restaurant. The invoice came in at 115 Euro / ca. 130 USD. The service was attentive, warm and very well aware of our allergies and dislikes. The lunch was delicious, of high standards and beautifully presented, beside this we enjoyed the location and service, plus the overall setting of the Restaurant VAU. When in Berlin, we would eat here lunch or dinner again in our future. Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES! Would we want to enjoy again lunch/dinner at this restaurant in the future? YES!