You won’t find many double Michelin-starred chefs cooking in a restaurant with cracked plaster work and rusty looking girders criss-crossing the ceiling, but here is Tim Raue, one of Germany’s very best, opening La Soupe Populaire in the former Bötzow Brewery building in Berlin.
Of course, it’s not in any way grotty, but there is an extremely industrial aesthetic here that’s 100% authentic thanks to the remnants of the building’s past. It’s vintage wherever possible, with simple table settings and the food dished up on plates featuring a 1930s design from the Royal Porcelain House. The pared down and affordable menu – just four mains courses are being offered along a “people’s kitchen” line – continues the theme of simplicity and give diners plenty of time to enjoy the interesting surroundings of salvaged plank tables and wicker chairs. There will also be a lot of more modern décor at La Soupe Populaire too, mainly in the changing exhibitions of contemporary art that are found in the aptly named Studio Room where the restaurant lives.