Filled with little minimalist touches, Holly Gastrobar is a charming French-focused bar-restaurant which gives a feeling of warmth as soon as you walk in. Cream-colored walls, dark wood floors and an imposing bar give the place a contemporary feel, while the open kitchen gives you a glimpse of your food as it’s made. Located just off Flughafenstraße in Neukölln, the space was opened by chef Simon Guitard and sommelier Fernanda Befi in summer 2021. The concept: blending French food philosophy and fermentation. Ingredients are conserved in numerous ways, from curing and smoking to aging and drying. The dishes that result offer new takes on regional and French classics, like Duroc pork tartare with fermented apple, chili and coriander for meat lovers and Brussels sprout leaves with lightly fermented blueberries and nasturtium (vegan and veggie versions are available).
Care is given to the presentation of the food, with handmade tableware that lets you know you’re dining somewhere a little bit special. As for drinks, beer and wine sommelier Fernanda Befi incorporates a rotating selection of bottles focused on small producers. And this being a gastrobar, if you want to stay after dinner drinks are served until 1h (22h outside). Summer sips on the terrace: yes please!
Text: Dave Alcantara / Photos: Dave Alcantara & Holly Gastrobar