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Fresh and French Editorial Week 21

Hotel Concorde Berlin

It’s Monday, and, though the weekend may be over, it’s not all doom and gloom. As always we’ve got three fantastic “Fresh & French” topics to keep you entertained all week:


– Last week, in honour of the Hotel Concorde’s 7th Birthday, General Manger Carsten Colmorgen recounted some of the highlights of the past seven years. This week, I decided to find out more about how the hotel came to be, so I paid a visit to Jan Kleihues, the award-winning architect responsible for the hotel’s unique look and feel – both inside and out. Read part one of my visit to the Kleihues + Kleihues office in Charlottenburg, located inside a beautifully renovated former rubbish transfer station.

Wine and Taste

– Last week I told you all about the birthday deals on offer at the hotel and in the Brasserie Le Faubourg this month. There are still two days left for you to take advantage of the 7-course “Best of” Collection Culinaire, after which the menu will revert to the usual five courses for the rest of November. This week I went along to the Brasserie to taste the special birthday menu for myself and, let me tell you, Steffen Sinzinger and team have surpassed themselves! Expect raw marintated tuna with cream of veal, lobster gelee and rocket salad; pork knuckle with sauerkraut foam, pea, potato and roasted onions; two types of young venison served with brussel sprouts, carrots and shallots; braised quince with hazelnut sablé and tonka bean ice cream. In short: expect to have your tastebuds tantalised all evening!


– What with all the birthday celebrations last week I didn’t find time to tell you about the my visit to one of Berlin’s oldest and best known fleamarkets: the Trödelmarkt auf der Straße des 17. Juni. So I’ll be making amends this week and telling you all about the heirlooms and the suits of armour, the antique cameras and fur coats, not to mention my little spot of bother!

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