After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s no wonder most of us begin the New Year looking for ways to slow down and relax.
August 16, 2017 – Posted on DobbernationLoves
Jonathan Gushue is one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs. He’s recently been nominated by Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine as one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016 and named one of the Best Restaurants Outside of the GTA by Toronto Life. With more than two decades of culinary experience, Chef Gushue has been honoured with countless awards including CAA Five Diamond, San Pellegrino Top 100 Restaurants in the World, the Gold Award in the Chef Category from the Ontario Hostelry Institute, the Pinnacle Award for Canadian Chef of the Year and Grand Chef Status.
Chef Gushue took a pause after spending years manning the kitchen at Langdon Hall in Cambridge. Foodies from coast to coast waited patiently to hear word of his next move but it was the locals in Waterloo region that indulged in a happy dance when they found out he’d be launching a restaurant of his own in downtown Kitchener.
The Berlin is housed in a four-storey heritage building (built in the late 1800s) in the heart of downtown Kitchener (its title pays homage to the city’s original name). Chef Gushue and partner Ryan Llyod-Craid spent a year transforming the main floor interior into a Renaissance-Revival open concept space. The walls are a combination of wood and exposed brick, while the open staircase in the middle of the restaurant gives patrons an unobstructed view of the entire building.
At the back of the restaurant you’ll find an open kitchen, complete with counter-side seating, so patrons can watch their meals be prepared before their eyes.