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CHECKPOINT CHARLY: CHECK IT OUT
I saw this lovely courtyard restaurant near my hotel and thought I would reserve a table for later that evening. I am glad I did as people with reservations will be in the less pleasing interior tables. I had absolutely no idea the restaurant was called Checkpoint Charlie, named after the main entry point of the Berlin Wall, until I was actually dining there. The barbed wire sort of theme only seems to exist on their menus (more below). I found the outside dining a great and intimate experience. They play jazz style music at a pleasant level so you can enjoy your meal and your companions.
Service was a little slow, but the place was packed and they cook all the food from fresh ingredients. No worries as the house red wine and my dining companion were both very good company. We enjoyed Shopska salad, humus with fresh bread, grilled sea bream and duck with Porto sauce. All delicious. The portions are ok, the quality is quite good and the atmosphere excellent. A good choice.
Now the name. The menu explains that too many young people in this former Communist country do not know the suffering people endured at the hands of the Soviet Union. Today they can travel freely and not be shot dead for trying to escape. There are several iconic photos of people escaping from East Berlin. They risked their life for freedom, liberty and to escape tyranny. Sadly hundreds were murdered attempting to flee the communist nightmare and oppression.
Open every day 11:30 - 23:30
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Checkpoint Charly: Checkpoint Charly - nice atmosphere
In general it is a nice place to go although a bit overpriced .
Good food, good service, nice selection fo wines and very nice interior.
There is a guy who plays live on his guittar. The music is not too laud.
The place is noisy because too many people are talkink at the same time and the distance between the tables in not that big. So, if you are thinking of a romantic date there, it is not the best place to go.
When I went to the ladies room and I looked at the sinks it made me smile. A true state of the art :)))
Sunday - Thursday
10:00 - 24:00 h
Friday and Saturday
10:00 - 02:00 h
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checkpoint charlie: great food and food ideas
Great design, done with care and research; funky crowd, although i've seen some local mafia guys too; amazing food, great wines. Food cooked with science and passion, wonderfully tasty! Been there 3 times in 2 years!Always an outstanding evening out, with fine music, too.
Favorite Dish: pork and plums
Checkpoint Charly: the "Jazz Restaurant"
A bit overrated restaurant. Nice and posh interior, but not so impressive quality of cousine and service. Contrary to other reviewer's experience, the staff was extremely impolite and inconsiderate in our case. They've seemed quite nervous and were not too keen on speaking in English, nor German, nor any other language apart from Bulgarian.
Live Jazz sessions will start at 11pm adding 10 lv. on top of your receipt for every person present.
Favorite Dish: Decent Shopsky salad and chilly pork thing (?). Variety of lagers, both bottled and draught.
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