A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of being invited to try a brand new resto-bar in Berlin and we finally want to share our experience with you today.
Groom Berlin is a concept bar that hails from Israel and just like other places like Benedict, Night Kitchen and Shishi, you can expect an all-round experience for the senses and the heart and not just a regular restaurant visit.
There is something about the food scene in Berlin that really focuses on the food rather than the overall vibe and experience. I don’t know if it’s something frowned upon here to go the extra mile to create more than great food or whatever the reason, I’m glad the Israelis who come here aren’t bothered. and do their own thing. It’s great Berlin gives everyone the freedom to go their own way. And certainly, people are thirsty for a new experience, so this is definitely a win-win for everyone.
With this little pretext, you probably already know what will follow: Yes, Bellboy Berlin is not your ordinary bar or restaurant. It’s an experience. From the arrival process, the ambience, the service, the menu, the food and drink style, to the bathroom, there are so many forms of stimulation that you will leave the place completely blown away. At least that’s how we felt.
Let’s start with the drinks, will you? The cocktail menu is the heart of the place. There is so much effort involved, from unusual names (“A Lesson in Fisting”) to extravagant ingredients (blue cheese, smoked chipotle, poppy seeds, etc.) also to be bought to take home). We got to sample a few of these pristine creations that came in spinning ball gowns, a red ceramic fist, and a real seashell. Some drinks also come in beautiful cocktail or shot glasses, with amazing details like rose-shaped ice cubes or covered with a colored sugar crust. These are all experiences for all the senses, not just fun for our tongue.
The food is of an equally high standard and really surprised us, both in terms of presentation and taste. We were able to try a few items from all menu sections, starters, firsts and main courses. The highlights were definitely the duck liver pate which came in the form of a golden rubber duck, the king mackerel tartare covered with an orange buttermilk cream and yuzu and the deluxe chicken nuggets. . The main courses were absolutely delicious: the steamed sea bass over roasted greens was as soft as butter, as was the beef tenderloin with kimchi gratin. The panna cotta dessert was also such a stunner: it came in the form of a happy Buddha.
But to just praise, food and drink wouldn’t do Bellboy justice. The service was amazing which has always been my experience in places run by Israelis. For one night, the waiter will be your best friend – and you can’t refuse to share a shot with him at the end.
But the place itself added a lot to the magic. The main room vibe gives us an old gentlemen’s club vibe, but with spooky elements such as creepy dolls, twisted lampshades, and a special “elevator” with flickering lights that brings you to the pink room. (for special occasions) and there are the pink disco bathrooms which have a completely different vibe. In general, it reminded me a bit of the bar and restaurant vibe at the Sleep No More play in New York City which also recreated a twisted version of a 1920s cabaret theater.
With so much to taste, try to experience the time really spent at Bellboy Berlin, and thanks to the hospitality and generosity of the team, we ended up spending over 5 hours there. And as we clearly struggled to let go and say our goodbyes during our visit, it is almost certain that we will be returning very soon for another unforgettable experience.
If you are curious about the place, we have some impressions of our visits. You can consult the drinks and food menu to get an idea of options and prices.
Groom Berlin, Mohrenstr. 30, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
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