Uhlandstraße 195, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Photo courtesy of GLASS, Photo by Ben Fuchs
Glass Run by ambitious young Israeli chef Gal Ben Moshe, Glass opened in 2012 and has managed to carve out an interesting niche in the city, serving high-end, experimental cuisine without the stiff formality that usually accompanies such dining experiences. A former fitness studio is now a smart, minimal dining space with a smattering of black-and-white tables, an elegant spiral chandelier, and changing art. The menu revolves around updates of historical and traditional cuisine of the Arabic Middle East; dishes from what are now Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine are reinvented for modern tastes in offerings such as cauliflower soup with muesli and plums; duck with honey, pomegranates, and baharat (a spice mixture); and kashk (a fermented dairy product like yogurt) mixed with blood-orange water and pistachios.