The name is a requiem to French impressionist and bon vivant Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, in honour of his famed soirées and gourmand proclivities. But this isn’t classic French cooking. Maximilian Strohe and Illona Scholl’s menu flows transnationally from cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) to scallops and sea urchin in XO sauce, barbecued quail with bergamot and turbot in sauerkraut beurre blanc. Dishes are often surprising, always skilful and sublime. Beyond the quiet blue facade, the space marries simple Nordic wood with rich algae green paintwork and wallpaper depicting Rousseau-esque jungle scenes that playfully hide ingredients – much like Strohe’s style of cooking.
Fichtestraße 24, Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10967