Industry Standard: Fine Dining With Party Flair

Open in 2015, Industry Standard is already Berlin's hottest restaurant. Read more about what makes this place so special.

Founded in 2015, Industry Standard has quickly become Berlin’s hottest restaurant. Located in gritty avenue Sonnenallee in Neukölln, an area which definitely wasn’t a gastronomical hotspot before, the restaurant is decorated in a simple way. Think industrial design and wooden tables, lights dimmed with brown paper and displays of pickle jars filled with deliciousness in the making.

The team is young and international, like Berlin

The team behind Ramsés Manneck —a gifted Mexican chef who is behind many culinary successes of the past few years— is young and international, like Berlin. They all met here while working in various establishments and decided to open a place that would offer food that is both sophisticated and comforting. The menu is inspired by rustic French and Mediterranean cuisine, and focuses on celebrating quality products by elevating them without being pretentious. The small plates are meant to be shared by the whole table, which gives guests the chance to try more things out of the concise yet enticing menu.

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

If you go, try to book one of the two tables facing the open kitchen, or sit at the bar. Order the beef tartar and the bone marrow (two of their most popular dishes) and watch the cooks prepare them all while showing no sign of stress and displaying complete mastery of their art. Considering the menu changes very regularly depending on what precious ingredients the team can get a hold of, do enjoy each bite of your new favorite dish as it might never be available again.

The wines are both daring and seductive

Apart from its relaxed vibe —which is still rare in the world of high cuisine— Industry Standard is also memorable for its drinks. Apart from some stunning cocktails, their wine list is what it’s all about. Focusing on natural wines which are sourced from Berlin wine shop Viniculture, the selection they offer is sure to blow your mind. The wines are both daring and seductive and every recommendation they make is spot-on, whether you are aiming to discover something truly original or want to have something more typical.

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard is the kind of place that is welcoming enough for guests to spend hours in. Stay long enough and you’ll watch the vibe get more and more relaxed. Dropping by for a drink and sitting at the bar is also always a good option, and you might be tempted to get something off their bar food menu. Enjoy it, get to know them and you might be in for a long night as the staff is friendly and the place often stays open well into the night.

Stay long enough and you’ll watch the vibe get more and more relaxed

If you still feel thirsty afterwards, or if you forgot to book a table and Industry Standard is full, just head to Wild Things, their newly opened wine bar located just a few streets away. There too, you can enjoy great natural wine and a short selection of delicious small plates, all served cold. Get a cheese plate and don’t miss the brown butter popcorn before you spend the night drinking away. Oh, and remember the hangover won’t be as bad as natural wine doesn’t contain added sulfites, which are actually the reason behind most wine-induced headaches.

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

Industry Standard - ©Danilo Sierra for HEREYOUARE

All in all, both Industry Standard and Wild Things are the kind of places which make you feel at home. No one rushes you and everyone seems relaxed and friendly, but when it comes to the food and the wine they don’t make any compromise in terms of quality. It’s a great place to meet old friends or impress new ones, to have casual meetings or long drinking sessions. It’s a place which oozes love, passion and talent. It’s also one of the most exciting restaurants in Berlin right now, so do yourself a favor and head there asap!

Photos Danilo Sierra

INDUSTRY STANDARD, Sonnenallee 83, Neukölln, Berlin

Industry Standard

Sonnenallee 83, 12045 Berlin

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Wild Things

Wild Things Weinbar UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co. KG, Weserstraße, Berlin, Allemagne

Camille Darroux is a Paris-born, Berlin-based digital consultant, writer, and DJ. You're most likely to find her having pizza & wine or at the club.
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