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Le Petit Royal: Small by Name, Grand by Nature

Berlin’s renowned Grill Royal has a sophisticated little sibling in hip Charlottenburg

Le Petit Royal: Small by Name, Grand by Nature

Grill Royal has been a Berlin institution for some years now, so the opening of a branch in newly fashionable City West is surely a recipe for success. Founders Stephan Landwehr, Boris Radczun and Moritz Estermann also opened the famed Pauly Saal in Mitte’s renovated Jewish Girls School in 2012, followed by the much-hyped Icelandic restaurant Dottir in 2015. With a heritage like that, Le Petit Royal needs no further introduction.



Credit: Jule Müller


Fine French cuisine is the order of the day, with Baltic-fresh fish and oysters, and modern interpretations of classic dishes such as coq au vin. With exacting quality standards that extend from the food to the exceptional service, Le Petit Royal also boasts an impressive walk-in wine cabinet full of over 500 international wines, with a focus on those from across France. Being slightly smaller than its older sibling, Petit Royal enjoys an elegant intimacy that’s rare here in the Hauptstadt. Discrete celebrities, celebrating couples, industry folk entertaining clients, groups of friends on an indulgent night out... the restaurant's clientele runs the gamut of Berlin society, an aspect that adds to its exclusive yet authentic vibe.



Credit // Header: Stefan Korte


The space alone offers an excuse for a visit. Sitting near storied Savignyplatz, Le Petit Royal occupies the ground floor of a period corner building, with vertiginous windows, wooden floors and lots of hidden nooks, with custom-made tables, for added privacy. Decor-wise, the style is unmistakably inspired by Italian mid-century modern, with dark greens offset by solid oak. The wood-paneled bar, replete with iridescent peacock wallpaper, is reminiscent of a time and place far from 21st century Berlin: a boozy nightcap helps indulge the fantasy further. 

08 / 06 / 2015 // by LigaStudios Team

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