Zoe Berlin Rochstrasse 1 ( www.zoe-berlin.de ) This restaurant serves Mediterranean (Italian, Spanish and southern French) and Asian cuisine in cosy, minimalist white surroundings. Since its opening last year, the establishment, owned by a local Italian family, has quickly become a city favourite. The menu changes every week under the direction of Malaysian Eddie Malihudin, who looks after the Asian cuisine, and German Benni Braeuniger, creator of Mediterranean dishes. Mains start at Euro6.80 (HK$67). Pan Asia Rosenthaler Strasse 38 ( www.panasia.de ) In a back building sheltered from the buzz of the Hacheschen Hoefe shopping district, Pan Asia offers an innovative selection of Asian specialities, from sushi and stir- fry to noodles and various tofu dishes. Cream, MSG and artificial flavourings are verboten. Occupying a sleek loft space, the restaurant attracts a crowd of designers, photographers, models and yuppies who share long communal tables. Bag a table in the corner lounge for a more private meal or try the courtyard. Don't miss the video installations in the washrooms or the screening of manga movies above the sushi bar. Lunch costs about Euro6. Shiro i Shiro Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 11 ( www.shiroishiro.com ) Shiro is Japanese for 'white' and 'castle'. The restaurant's interior (above) reflects its name, and sitting at a long, whimsical Alice-in-Wonderland table you might wonder whether the Mad Hatter will join the party. This Lux Eleven Hotel eatery serves high-class Italian-Asian dishes and offers easy-going, affable service. Sample dishes by celebrated chef Duc Ngo include pork and langoustine with watermelon and caramel soy sauce, and tuna tataki (tuna and foie gras with risotto and herbs). A three-course dinner costs Euro44. Remake Grosse Hamburger Strasse 32 The cosy restaurant, with exposed brick walls and softly illuminated columns, remakes traditional fare to indulge your taste buds. Lemongrass soup with scallops (Euro8), grilled lamb chop with honey melon (Euro19.50) and tilapia fish fillet and baby leaf salad (Euro9.50) are among the highlights. Strawberry and mascarpone cheese compote (Euro8) is a fine way of ending an intimate dinner ... that, and something from the impressive wine list. Vau Jaegerstrasse 54-55 Considered the doyen of contemporary German restaurants in the capital, Vau proves that German food isn't passe, with chef Kolja Kleeberg preparing excellent fish and meat dishes. Daring combinations include roast veal with raw marinated tuna and choron sauce, and sauteed scallops with baked zucchini blossom and saffron jelly. Reservations are essential because gastro-connoisseurs, celebrities, Russian nouveaux riches and government ministers often pack the terracotta-coloured dining rooms. A three-course meal can easily break the bank, but a lunch main course for about Euro12 is a bargain.