Jazz Dining, at The Rose Modern Brasserie, Zimmerstraße 91, 10117 Berlin
There is a touch of New York about the way The Rose is presenting its new Jazz Dining concept on Thursday evenings. Even the location, near Checkpoint Charlie, speaks of an American influence in Berlin.
The concept has been developed by Managing Partner Jana Strohbücker, who herself spent several months as a Design and Business student in The Big Apple.
The jazz is subtle and sultry, with a trio or duo of some of Berlin’s best young jazz artists. The first night featured vocalist Mirna Bogdanovic, Mark Pringle on piano and James Banner on Bass.
They pitched it just right, setting a cool tone and atmosphere without turning it int a concert. The diners showed their appreciation, every table joining in the applause for each number.
The menu is international and reasonably-priced with New York-style burgers in high demand.
First covers are served at 6.30 pm. Jana Strohbücker’s ambition is to have two sittings each evening. We’ve yet to see if Berliners will adapt to this approach, which is standard in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
But she and Geschäftsführer Kaveh F. Sani are to be congratulated on a bold harmonization of jazz and Brasserie-style dining. It made for a very pleasant and refreshingly different evening.