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Sauvage in Berlin: Fast Forward to the Ancient Past

What did our ancestors eat? Not three or four thousand years ago. What did they eat 90,000 years ago? How did they survive in the wilderness? They weren't at the top of the food chain. In, fact, humans were probably delicious hors d'oeuvres for an assortment of four-legged predators.

In the endless quest for modern day restaurateurs to find the newest "gimmick" that will make them rich and famous, a place in Berlin has ventured into the distant past and come up with a unique concept for your curious palate.

Sauvage, (meaning Wild in French), is the latest dining endeavor created by a couple of adventurous Germans, named Boris and Rodrigo. The concept is described as Paleolithic cuisine, which offers patrons free-range meats from organically fed cattle and a large variety of fruits, nuts, herbs and even cakes and pies that are 100-percent free of processed ingredients. There are no breads, rice, pastas, trans-fats or sugars on the menu. "We leave those utterly bland and boring tastes behind us and offer you crackers and bakes made from seeds, vegetables and nutflours," said Boris Leite-Poco, "hard work for us, delicious tastes for you. You will find the over consumption of grains in traditional cuisine often makes you feel bloated, tired and uncomfortable after dinner. Our meals will make you fully sated but feeling light as a feather at the same time."

Boris and Rodrigo prepare everything themselves. From the ghee (clarified butter, this gives a creamy taste when cooking a steak), to their homemade walnut butter, clarified lard and coconut oil. Guests are served dishes made only from ingredients that would have been available to their hunter-gatherer ancestors. That means organic, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and herbs.

The menu includes salads with olives, capers and pine nuts; guitem-free bread with nut-based butter or olive tapenades; smoked salmon with herb dressing and varoios meat and fish dishes. They cook their meats and fish with a blow-torch and they also use tap water but otherwise try to stay as "Paleo" as possible. Boris does make some concessions. They do have a nice selection of wines.

Both men also claim that their food preparations increase muscle mass, energy levels, will give you clearer skin and a greater sex drive.

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Marguerite Gil