A culinary glimpse into the past under the shadow of Charlottenburg’s city hall, this institution exchanged swearing horse traders for lavish hospitality some 100 years ago. An imperial cook advanced in rank thanks in part to his affinity for organization and marketing. Dice and playing cards are forbidden on the premises, but twelve draft beers and traditional Berlin cuisine are allowed. This is a favorite for local politicians and visitors to the German Opera. Newly elected mayors must play a visit to watch the chef prepare traditional meatballs over his shoulder.