Few cities match the cosmopolitan vibe of Berlin, and this element has put a spin on many aspects of city life, generating a level of creativity and innovation that seems quite effortless. All this also extends to the realm of hospitality, and although the German capital is already aplenty with cool establishments catering to an in-the-know demographic, the trend is ongoing and continues to spawn noteworthy new places. One of the interesting newcomers of late is Dóttir, a Nordic restaurant by hospitality entrepreneurs Stephan Landwehr and Boris Radczun. The duo are probably best known for Pauly-Saal, a cult dining spot we’ve talked about in a previous post.
Situated on the ground floor of a corner building in the Mitte district which had been empty for many years, it features two rooms, divided into a bar, a dining area and an open kitchen. when weather permits, and this will usually be in the summer season, guests can dine al fresco in a charming hidden courtyard. The restaurant’s aesthetic is an adaptation of sorts of the building’s original elements, and this makes it all the more appealing if you ask us. Design elements include the original plaster walls, freshly-installed old wooden floorboards and a bar made of yellow travertine. furnishings range from antique furniture, as well as a mix of 1930s and 1950s objects to tailor-made sofas.
Adding a highly personal note to the setting are a number of contemporary artworks from the owners’ private collections. For Dóttir, for this new venue they collaborate with Victoria Eliasdóttir, a young chef with Icelandic, Danish and Swedish roots. Her heritage has been the inspiration for Dóttir’s culinary concept, and not surprisingly, the menu reflects a wealth of nordic produce, flavours and preparation methods. But quite interestingly, it’s spiced up with tricks that Eliasdóttir has picked up during sojourns elsewhere on the planet.
Photography: Stefan Korte