As a French expat I sometimes do miss French food in Berlin. Recently I got an invite for a French dinner at Colette, a Brasserie Tim Raue, a many times awarded chef .
I am very picky when it comes to french food. I tried many french restaurants in Berlin but I was many times disappointed. Either because of the taste or either because of the price.
First thing I noticed when I looked at the menu was that the pricing was quite correct, less than 30Euros for a main dish. The restaurant is very stylish and has got a brasserie atmosphere exactly like in France.
We started our dinner with a glass of Champagne. Followed by artichoke for me. It remembered me the many sunday evenings we had at home where we used to eat artichoke. It was accompanied by 3 different sauces : a vinaigrette, crème fraiche, a spicy sauce with Espelette pepper from the basque country. Quite simple but trust me you can do much wrong with artichoke. My friend Vicky went for the duck liver paté that was also very tasty with its confit apricot (Of course had to try that too).
For the main dish, Vicky who already went to Colette in Munich had a steak frites and I chose a coq au vin as I didn’t ate it since ages. Like the original it came with wine sauce and carrots and was served with smashed potatoes. Very good.
As a final we shared profiteroles that is one of my favorite sweets. The profiteroles were filled with mousse au chocolat instead of cream as the original and with a chocolate sauce. Very heavy in chocolate but absolutely delicious.
I will surely return to Brasserie Colette. I find it difficult to eat a bavette steak in Berlin so I will be back for this as they serve it for lunch time. Also Colette has some eating events for special occasion like halloween, Christmas for the so typical Fête des Rois, on the 6th of January during which we eat a galette, a cake filled with frangipane. Happy I finally found a french restaurant in Berlin!
Brasserie Colette, Passauer Straße 5-7, Charlottenburg