Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof - XXenia


Culinary eclecticism colours the cuisine at XXenia.

Daniel Tornauer and Steffen Sinzinger bridge the gap between simplicity and sophistication, fusing international cooking trends and regional roots. Using only the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients, they create fresh, balanced meals, served in the elegant ambience of the restaurant or on the terrace opposite the Tiergarten park.

The restaurant takes its name from the Greek xenia, synonymous with hospitality. And because hospitality is writ large at Pullman, we’ve given our restaurant an extra “X”. Vinoteca by Pullman also celebrates generosity. Wine connoisseurs and novices can savour up to 80 different vintages – including numerous Grand Crus.

Opening hours: Noon to 2pm and 6pm to 11pm.

The chef

Steffen Sinzinger began his career at the Michelin-starred restaurant of Hotel Palace Berlin. It was there, under the direction of Matthias Buchholz, that he got to know French cooking from the ground up. His break with tradition followed with Japanese crossover cuisine at Shiro i Shiro, before he developed his own style as head chef at Restaurant Le Faubourg.


Chef’s interview:

The are lots of things which can give me inspiration for new recipes, whether it’s a cookbook, an advertising poster or just a walk in the forest. A great idea usually comes gradually. The creation of a new dish is a long process that seldom has a clear beginning or end.

My own style is also continually evolving. Meat used to always be the focal point, but nowadays it’s different. Fish and vegetables are incredibly flexible. And I love to work with different textures to give a course complexity and suspense.

As a cook I always try to take into account regional ingredients and seasonality. It’s not just a trend, but rather the basic philosophy of my cooking. And I find it stimulating to work with familiar flavours. I like to reinvent classic dishes to recreate childhood memories and make a meal surprising.

I don’t want to lecture our guests. I want to make them feel welcome and to enjoy their time with us. That’s why I live and work according to the quote from Philip Rosenthal:

“If you stop getting better, you’ve stopped being good!”

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Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof
Budapester Strasse 25, 10787 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 2696 0
Fax: +49 30 2696 1000
Email: h5347@accor.com

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