Grosz Restaurant Berlin: Relaxed And Elegant At The Same Time
The most sophisticated restaurant in the city, Grosz is housed in a beautiful building that was once the headquarters of the state tax collection office. The architectural elements, grand though they may be, are secondary to the constructions and deconstructions arriving on the plates of this impressive establishment named for avant garde German artist George Grosz. A preferred dining venue for Hollywood and European celebrities, Grosz itself had a walk-on role in the American television series Homeland (Season 5, Episode 1) as a very public location of a top-secret meeting. Seems that spies would be willing to blow their cover for a meal at Grosz―and that is understandable given the excellence in preparation, presentation, and service found here.
And then there is the art. Even among the ensemble of eccentrics that made up the Dada school of artists, George Grosz was a unique personality. His works are immediately recognisable, the most famous being Eclipse Of The Sun, a scathing critique of the warmongering engendered by arms manufacturers to prop up their business concerns. This hefty theme is presented with characters playing a game of cards, but a closer look at this seemingly frivolous scene reveals much more sinister details. The original is hanging in a New York museum but Grosz the restaurant has a reproduction on its wall along with several other representations of the artist’s work. Even if only passing by Grosz while strolling the Kurfürstendamm boulevard, its expertise can be enjoyed in the form of a portable pretzel or delectable dessert from L’Oui, Grosz’s pastry counter located at the very front of the restaurant to allow easy access for passersby.
On a glorious Sunday evening in summer, the restaurant was totally empty except for a few tables occupied on the outdoor terrace. One by one, even those tables were vacated, leaving our party of two the only patrons enjoying this superb venue. Rather mystifying, it was, since there isn’t a nicer place to be in all of Berlin than on Kurfürstendamm on a brilliant Sunday evening when the summer sun does not set until very late. As it turned out, due to an error in timing when our reservation was made, we were booked to arrive for dinner at closing time. Rather than oblige us to reschedule, Grosz stayed open just for us, giving no indication that anything was amiss. How is that for service?
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