Restaurant, Wine Bar
An ex-women’s prison may not scream ‘romance’ but there’s something about Lovis that lends itself to candle-lit dinners for two. Hidden behind a discreet door on Charlottenburg's busy Kantstrasse, a 19th-century courtyard blooming with wildflowers and clambering shrubs leads to a gabled dining room with a canopy of twinkling lights. My friend Sophia Rudolph spent her formative years in Lyon, France’s “official” culinary capital, and went on to work with legend Alain Ducasse, so naturally, her cooking is rooted in classical French technique. However, her four-course, six-course, and a la carte menus mostly focus on vegetables sourced from sustainable producers based in the Brandenburg region. Exquisitely presented dishes such as petit pois à la française and confit trout are high in flavor and easy on the waistline.
Salvatore is a raising star in the Berlin wine scene, with stations at Savu, das Stue Hotel and Cinco for example, and has had some incredible professional experience. His range of wines selected for his list at Lovis is essentially centered on Germany. But the main focus here is the fit with the avant-garde yet conservative cuisine from Chef Rudolph.