The Chef's Table at Tim Raue's La Soupe Populaire (Courtesy La Soupe Populaire)
Berlin-born-and-raised star chef Tim Raue is something of a culinary golden boy around town. After earning two Michelin stars for his other restaurant endeavors, including the self-named Tim Raue as well as Sra Bua in the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, he opened La Soupe Populaire in 2013, which specializes in homey-yet-upscale German classics. Hearty comfort foods like Königsberger Klopse meatballs, cabbage stew with veal, or blood sausage on a bed of onions and apples are created with a deft touch that highlights the finest culinary merits of the tested-and-true dishes. Equally refined is the restaurant’s industrial-chic décor, which plays off the building’s history as a former brewery, with elements like raw concrete, vintage school chairs, and overhead beams with a rusty patina. It seems Raue can do no wrong: Not long after the restaurant's opening, the Michelin Guide awarded La Soupe Populaire “La Bib Gourmand” status, awarded to establishments that serve excellent food at good value.
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