My good friend Katharina and I have been searching for Berlin’s best schnitzel for some time. A native Austrian, she knows her stuff and so I owe this tip to her. Österelli near Ernst-Reuter-Platz is not somewhere I would have come across were it not for Katharina’s recommendation. The schnitzel, served with potato and cucumber salad, is a standout in a menu of hearty meals for all times of the day: Spinatknödel with fresh salad for lunch, a plate of Käsespaetzle for dinner and a serving of wonderful Germknödel with custard any time you like. The seasonally changing menu includes lots of vegetarian dishes, courtesy of friendly hosts Julia and Andi. The pair know a thing or two about sophisticated cuisine and are living proof that Alpine specialities can be served in style, without the usual clichés. In their stylish dining room you’ll find the Wishbone Chairs by Carl Hansen and rose-hued lamps by Verner Panton.
Given their interior design taste, it’s no surprise that Julia and Andi come from the fashion world. The couple met in Berlin (“A Tinder success story,” says Julia) and opened their restaurant in autumn 2020. Previously, Julia had been managing director at fashion house Marcel Ostertag, while Andi worked in restaurants including Borchardt, Grosz and Mutzenbacher. The sheer number of regulars at Österelli is evidence of how well it’s working, leading the duo to open a second location in summer 2022. Located at Potsdam’s Palais am Stadthaus, the restaurant is geared up for large groups with its garden and outbuildings. When asked about her favorite dishes from the menu, Julia is at pains to pick from the oft-changing selection. “Right now for me it’s the Amalfischnitzel, a Wiener Schnitzel with a relish of Amalfi lemons, capers and red onions, the beetroot dumplings, and definitely the Germknödel with custard. Andi loves the Spinatknödel and the truffle cordon bleu.” Plenty to try, then!
Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Stephany & Philipp Groß