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  • 5.0 star rating
    15/5/2013

    I had been waiting over 6months to visit this place. I am allergic to gluten and lactose, so naturally the paleo lifestyle fits with me. Having stumbled across the restaurant during a google search I was super excited to visit Berlin.

    I am an Aussie, so when i stumbled across this restaurant i was 6months away from eating there, and my excitement was pretty intense when i finally got to eat there.

    So a few hours before we went to eat at Sauvage, we checked out online what we were going to order.

    When we arrived at Sauvage we were surprised by the atmosphere and the layout of the restaurant. We were seated at a cute little wooden table with candles as the only lighting. The rest of the restaurant is quite dark with candles lighting the way, which sets a great mood.

    When we were given the menu to look over, i was disappointed to notice the two things i had decided on at the hotel before arriving were not on this menu. I was very disappointed, but also excited that i was able to eat and order anything off the menu, this has never happened before.

    My friend and i each ordered a starter, a main, a dessert and a bottle of wine. The food was AMAZING!!! I was in heaven with each bite. My friend doesn't follow a paleo lifestyle, however was still impressed by the grain free bread and crackers, the apple and rhubarb crumble and the bacon wrapped quail.

    I wished i'd had more time in Berlin to go back to Sauvage for Breakfast, their grain free, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free options looked amazing.

    For the 3 courses and a bottle of wine, we were only set back 70ish euro, which in my eyes is pretty good for the quality and the portion sizes we were served.

    Will recommend this place to any one visiting Berlin regardless of allergies or health choices.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/3/2014

    (WinnisStrasse 30)

    I had wilder expectations for a restaurant called 'Sauvage' ....

    Does the self-claimed 'Paleo food '(gluten free, lactose free) intend to
    wake up our palaeozoic tastes ?
    Some money was put on a cozy-wildly-jazzy decoration, but the concept itself feels a bit weak on the plate.
    Cooking in general is good (steak and octopus are very good) though prices
    are terribly high and the service is pretty slow and unexperienced.

    I had wished more fire, roughness or rawness...

    Let's see what happens in the following ages ?

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/11/2013

    It's definitely worth trying if you want to get a different (gluten/salt free) taste of food. I´ve been here second time -first was some 2 years ago- because I loved the starters with delicious nut bread and several dips. Unfortunately these are off the menu. We were left with a different -rather disappointing- bread and dip starter.
    The main dish selection is very limited but that makes it always easier to decide (I think). We had a boar goulash and fish with an extremely yummy sauce. Although it was all good the food was not particularly special. Remember not to come too hungry or with more cash to the restaurant - the portions are rather petite.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/12/2013

    So this place was ok, maybe it was what I ordered, but it was an experience.  For what I had, lamb as my main dish, it was good, but I've had better.  The bulk of my party ordered steak and they all felt it was very much just ok - they all wanted some salt and pepper.  

    the dessert I had, pumpkin tart, was ok, but I think I would have preferred the chocolate.  However beware, it is very bland and bitter, no sugar is added.  If you love dark chocolate it is amazing, but if you're not expecting it then don't order it.  I would probably go back only if it is another company dinner.

  • 2.0 star rating
    30/6/2014

    Third visit within 8 months, each time having brought more people with me and recommended it to more people because I love the concept so much and it's basically the most healthy and tasty food I could imagine. Food this time was basically as good as always, though they compacted the menu and made it more tapas-based, which is really a shame because the vegeterian tapas (we tried all of them but the chips) and the salads were very meh, which only leaves you with a burger and a few meat/fish tapas to choose from. Anyway, fine, food-wise I still wish there were a hundred more restaurants like it.
    The service this time was mind-bogglingly catastophic though, made all the worse by the fact that it was one of the owners and managers (Boris) that served us. Every simple little thing involved a 20 minute wait, including what was supposed to be a quick nip to the kitchen to ask the chef what's available for dessert (during which we were waiting without any food or drinks on the table) or another 20 minute voyage to get the cocoa-cheese spread he forgot to take out with the bread. Let me know when you get a proper waiter guys, I'll come back then.

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/3/2014

    Unfortunately, Sauvage was a disappointing experience.

    It looks very nice, and I have no complaints about the service. I'm not even going to complain about the hair found in one of the dishes. But the food is just not very good at all.

    The flavour combinations where mostly rather boring. The gluten free bread might serve a purpose if you're intolerant, but not if you're not. The "hunter-gatherer plate" had no meat on it but just some quite average dips. The wild boar burger was dry and tough. And then there was a pike filet, full of bones, questionably matched with a curry sauce and stuffed with the cheapest can flavoured black olives imaginable, available at Lidl for sure.

    The Paleo concept (which mainly seems to mean gluten and dairy free) calls out for excellent ingredients, which I was surprised to find out that the people at Sauvage sadly seem to not have understood. Also I don't know why they don't salt their food. If industrially farmed and pitted olives passes as stone age food then surely so does salt.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/11/2012

    One of the best filet's I've ever eaten. Amazing attention to detail and quality. The food was outstanding, the service friendly, the prices are very fair and the wine was lovely. The only thing I am not happy with is that I'm not there right now.

    A great dining experience recommended to all.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/1/2013

    Don't get me wrong. I love the concept behind this place. I eat fairly strict Paleo and this is one of the places I can easily order almost everything from the menu. So, what went wrong. Well here's a list of things I found lacking:

    -service is horrible. We were there when most tables were taken and there was one guy doing all the service. He was trying his best but it took forever to take our order, bring our drinks and so forth. Unacceptable, especially if your place is booming.

    -the menu is very limited. I know you can't have tons of stuff if you regularly update it but come on....this is a Paleo place.....have a steak on the menu at least. I like creative cooking but sometimes I want a great steak with vegetables or something along those lines. Show me that you can cook and make the simple, basic stuff spectacular because you focus on Paleo.

    -the wine list is odd. We weren't impressed with the wines we tried.

    -the pricing for dishes is odd. Two completely different dishes have pricing which seems pulled from the hip. Not really cheap nor expensive but odd pricing.

    -fairly boring room. They could have easily done a bit more "design" and make it memorable. Don't make the place a cave or anything like that but put a bit more effort into it.

    -the tables outside are nice but invest some money and get quality stuff. Somewhat flimsy in my opinion.

    Now, for the positive. I like Paleo and if you do too, definitely try this place out. It is worth it just to finally see places focused on Paleo. I foresee some more places doing something similar in the future. Hopefully competition will force Sauvage to up their game.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/9/2012

    Sauvage is one of the best restaurants in Berlin. Beyond the raw, chic and cozy interior and atmosphere, the food is divine. No sugar, wheat, soy but tastes divine...it was made for me!

    Supposedly it is the only 100% Paleo restaurant in the world beyond a cafe in Copenhagen.

    They need to open a location in LA and NY so I can invest.

    Go immediately and order a dessert.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/9/2013

    American traveling through Berlin with some locals I never thought I'd be treated to such a delightful experience.  The decor, vibe, and food was all amazing.  You know the story - paleo grub sourced only from the most ethically raised animals and fresh ingredients without wheat, gluten, blah blah... Bottom line is that the food is DELICIOUS!  Worth the trip if you are a local or just traveling through.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/3/2013
    1 check-in

    My first foodgasm in Berlin. It was about time.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/9/2012
    1 check-in

    I am a caveman, so not so good with technology. This restaurant is good! They are the only place that serves Authentic caveman food. That mean no gluten or sugar. I do have to say those auto paper towels in the bathroom blew my mind.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/9/2013
    1 check-in

    lovely ambiente, but felt like the place is too full of itself

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/11/2013

    beautiful restaurant, and the staff were lovely.

    Bit pricey but it seems fair given the amount of effort they put into everything - apparently they make their own nut cheese.

    not a huge fan of the food but given the restrictions of the paleo diet, thought they did a great job.

    • Qype User Joizee…
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • 150 friends
    • 448 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/8/2011

    Don't get me wrong. I love the concept behind this place. I eat fairly strict Paleo and this is one of the places I can easily order almost everything from the menu. So, what went wrong. Well here's a list of things I found lacking:
    -service is horrible. We were there when most tables were taken and there was one guy doing all the service. He was trying his best but it took forever to take our order, bring our drinks and so forth. Unacceptable, especially if your place is booming.
    -the menu is very limited. I know you can't have tons of stuff if you regularly update it but come on.this is a Paleo place..have a steak on the menu at least. I like creative cooking but sometimes I want a great steak with vegetables or something along those lines. Show me that you can cook and make the simple, basic stuff spectacular because you focus on Paleo.
    -the wine list is odd. We weren't impressed with the wines we tried.
    -the pricing for dishes is odd. Two completely different dishes have pricing which seems pulled from the hip. Not really cheap nor expensive but odd pricing.
    -fairly boring room. They could have easily done a bit more design and make it memorable. Don't make the place a cave or anything like that but put a bit more effort into it.
    -the tables outside are nice but invest some money and get quality stuff. Somewhat flimsy in my opinion.
    Now, for the positive. I like Paleo and if you do too, definitely try this place out. It is worth it just to finally see places focused on Paleo. I foresee some more places doing something similar in the future. Hopefully competition will force Sauvage to up their game.

    • Qype User ninahy…
    • Berlin, Germany
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/2/2012

    Just spent a sumptuous evening at Sauvage. We are a couple with a three year old. From the moment we entered, we were made feel welcome en famille.
    One portion of Antipasti was for the three of us a perfect starter. New tastes to the pallet, red cabbage and apple(possibly?) with a lavender flavour, some kind of amazing herb pesto, a pine kernel yummy fruity dish, baked garlic, raw meat soaking in an oily sauce(I didn't try this as I was taking the vegetarian option but man and daughter said it was so gooood) and a most delicious grain-free bread..how do they make it? I was told vegetable puree and ground sesame seeds next came the mains, the man chose a steak with mashed parsnip, and salad leaves. He said the almost raw meat was as tender as a fish..and absolutely succulent, so much so that he asked the waitress where they sourced their beef..organic of course.
    I had pumpkin, unusually tasty salad leaves(with mint and herbs) , grated carrot salad, some kind of vegetarian burger, I have no idea what it was made out of but tasted nutty with mushrooms inside and also on the top of the pumpkin..I ate very slowly so it wouldn't end too soon.
    For dessert, we had the pear crumble, again sharing one portion which was perfectly 'wild' as described, not sugary(they don't use sugar) but just the right amount of sweet(honey) with a yoghurt dressing. It tasted like an afternoon in the countryside at Little Red Riding Hood's granny's house in the woods.
    We had a large glass of red wine each, one unusual tasting dry Italian for me and a full bodied glass of house for the mancan't remember their names but we were both pleased. Oh and the waitress, who seemed Italian gave the place a friendly cozy welcoming charm while the waiter/owner? guy, who looks not unlike Prince, seemed to work in the kitchen, in the bar, being the waiter, bringing people to their tables and even held a customers baby for five minutes as he busied about. This place is overflowing with warmth and charm. Well well well..it feels my dining-out dreams have come true, a gluten free organic everything so tasty and delicious restaurantwell almost..it is not cheap by Berlin standards(but very cheap for most European cities), so we couldn't afford this every weekend as much as I would love to..but we will return ASAP.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/5/2013

    When the waiter asked me about dessert, I almost died. The food was excellent. So often folks who are gf don't have dessert,  because so many places don't have gf desserts. The food was amazing. I can't wait to go back.

    • Qype User freele…
    • Cologne, Germany
    • 3 friends
    • 13 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/6/2012

    Bin mit meiner Tochter und ohne Erwartungshaltung hergekommen. Mein Kind konnten wir von Ihrem Neukölln-Trauma erfolgreich befreien und außerdem den komischen Paleo-Typen ein wenig näher bringen. Danke Berlin. Danke Sauvage.
    Zum Essen: 5 Sterne! Habe in Deutschland noch kein so leckeres Stück biodynamisches und artiges Fleisch bekommen. Auf den Punkt medium rare gegart versteht sich. Apropos verstehen das hat problemlos geklappt.. auf Deutsch oder auf Englisch, überhaupt kein Problem. Hätte mich gerne auch auf französich mit der charmanten Bedienung deren Namen ich leider nicht erfragt habe unterhalten aber mit Je suis Monique Leroque kam ich bei Ihr nicht weiter.
    Um mal mit einem Paleo Vorurteil aufzuräumen: neben dem Fleisch welches man sich nicht jeden Tag gönnen muss gibt es auch im Sauvage sehr guten Salat und Gemüse. Ihren Salat hatte meine Kleine in Rekordzeit verputzt und sich dann reiflich überlegt ob es lieber Kokos-Carob-Mandelkekse, Crepes oder Eiscreme zum Nachtisch gibt. Hier würde manch einer einen Stern abziehen ich würde lieber einen dazu geben: die Eiscreme war leider nicht gelungen, weil ein Rohstoff nicht zu beschaffen war an diesem Abend.
    Für mich zeugt dies von ehrlicher Frische.
    Das bischen Luft nach oben habe ich gelassen, weil ich mir sicher bin, dass das Duo der Paleo Liebhaber (Danke, bitte keine Bilder!) bis zu meinem nächsten Besuch vom Ende der Welt sicher noch besser kochen gelernt hat, noch mehr solch schmackhafter Zutaten aufgetan hat und wohlmöglich noch meine Erwartunshaltung übertreffen wird.
    Besonders möchte ich die offene und hilfreiche Art, die man gut aus der Paleo Community kennt auch hier hervorheben. Auf die Nachfrage nach Tips und Kniffen der Mandelkäse Zubereitung (der hat mich echt umgehauen meine Tochter weniger ;) hat man bereitwillig Antwort gegeben.
    Wir kommen wieder, leider müssen wir noch ein bischen sparen nicht um das Essen zu bezahlen, sondern das Flugticket vom Ende der Welt!
    Nochmal Danke und einen lieben Gruß nach Neukölln. Think Food.

    • Qype User selfca…
    • Berlin, Germany
    • 0 friends
    • 12 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/10/2012

    Four, instead of three stars, as Berlin-area customer service is generally poor, as I've been told germany-wide, so that standard is low. So in the spectrum of customer service locally, it's 4 out of 5. Internationally, it would definitely be about 2,5 to 3 range.
    The food was good. All the reviews about the quality of the food are accurate. I don't think I can add anything more here which would help describe the food. It's pricey considering the poor customer service. But then again, one must consider the whole area is the backwaters of customer service. Trying to keep the two separate, the food and customer service, is difficult because, when one goes to a restaurant, they expect and should expect, to be treated as a guest, and this affects the digestion quality of the meal. Good food + poor service = poor experience.
    The real rub, augmenting Qype user Joizee_HH (qype.co.uk/place/1921309…)
    mention that most tables were taken  without a reservation, is when reservations are made at a premium restaurant  premium by local standards  they must be kept. Clients sitting out in the cold for no good reason is not okay.
    Now, it is the manager/owners job to make sure the place is properly staffed  if it's not, it's not the staff which should suffer the client's difficulties. Knowing management/owners read these reviews, you've basically got to train your staff better on basic customer service skills, setting priorities, that kind of thing. They were doing the best they knew how, but frankly, they don't know a whole lot, and it was clear it was not their core responsibility or fault.
    Make your clients feel they came out to something really special, when they are dropping their entire paycheck on a meal for a once-a-month or once-a-quarter choice of restaurant to eat-out at, and you'll get 5 stars. The bar of customer service is already VERY LOW for the local area (berlin), so you do not have to try hard to get this right. All the best  but I will not be spending my hard-earned cash at Sauvage again. I can make equally-good food easily. It was more of the experience I was after, and that overall, was disappointing.

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