Since I work together with Christiane, I have found myself a beacon in the darkness of the obscure gourmet city that is Berlin. Tonight, I asked her for a reccommendation on a good steak restaurant. I was advised to try Fleischlust, in Prenzlauerberg.
When my friend and I parked our bikes, we were having our doubts about entering the place. With that cheap red light and the wrong logo, it looked like a bar for yuppies! However, our hunger for steaks got the better part of us: we shouldn’t judge the book by it’s cover.
Inside, we were greeted by two very friendly waiters, who gave us a perfect seat at the window at Fleischlust. The lighting was perfect, the background music not too loud and the temperature was just right. After performing a quick-scan on the menu, we had to admit that we were impressed by the extent of the menu. Unlike others, Fleischlust really offers an array of dishes.
My friend went for the rinderfliet with a salad, I settled for the Huftsteak with baked potatoes, aioli-curry humus and wine-honey sauce. This feast was preceded by garlic bread, which had been in the oven a bit too long, unfortunately.
The meat was just right: not too bloody, not too dry and not too thick. I could tell that they are using perfect meat, by the way the knife would cut into the steak – at first, the meat resisted a bit, but once you got through the outer layer, the knife would simply slide in.
The baked potatoes could have done with a bit of seasoning and salt, but they were not too fat, which is an accomplishment by itself.
My friend’s rinderfilet was a bit too rare for his taste. This was no problem at all: with a smile, the waiter told him that he would be happy to ‚give the rinderfilet a few more minutes on the lava stone‘. Upon return, the filet was exactly how he likes it.
After dinner, we felt like having something sweet. Maybe something with fruit or chocolates? Alas, this was not possible, as Fleischlust has no desert menu! We felt a bit dissapointment, but decided that the main course made up for it.
Conclusion: Fleischlust is a lovely restaurant that works with fine ingredients and good staff. The meat is worth to come back for and the ambience feels very welcome. Once the menu includes deserts, I will be a very satisfied, returning customer.