Berlin has a new inn! Well, almost: this pub is very modern indeed and has none of the usual wood tavern tropes. It goes by the name of Trio and – appropriately enough – has three owners, Eva Alken, Clemens Roesch and Vadim Otto Ursus (of Otto restaurant fame). In the team’s own words, the restaurant is sited “behind the Volksbühne” and features a large glazed facade. Inside, the discreetly cozy rooms with dark red tables, wooden chairs and large counter in the middle make you feel right at home. The name Trio doesn’t just refer to the founding threesome (and the neighboring bar, Drei): the menu itself has a rule of three, comprising la carte starters, main courses and desserts. To start, there’s a classic sausage salad or a refreshing chicory salad with fine vinaigrette and walnuts. The taste of the walnuts alone proves that the team attach great importance to quality sourcing.
The main course includes south German and Alpine classics like mushroom and venison goulash and Backhendl. You can round things off with an apple strudel, which tastes exactly as it should. But even if you’re not that hungry, Trio hits the spot. Take a seat at the beautiful counter and ring out the day with a plate of frittata soup accompanied with a beer or glass of light red wine. Speaking of wine, the Slovenian bottles on the menu are great fun, their modern freshness contrasting well with the dishes. In short: with a Trio like this, you are always in good company.
Text: Laura Storfner & Nina Trippel / Photos: Robert Rieger