We got to Strasbourg in the late afternoon, so we couldn’t enjoy the Christmas markets much – they close at 8!
We’ve read before that we needed to book a table in any restaurant we wanted to visit in Strasbourg, to be able to enjoy the Alsatian cuisine, so we picked what looked like a nice address: Gurtlerhoft. The reviews were mostly good, so we decided to trust them and go for it.
In this restaurant, we discovered a new cuisine, partly unknown, less marketed compared to the cuisines of the other French regions, but much better, I think. If you’re not a meat lover, don’t go to Strasbourg please.
Anyway, I’ll be telling you about my Alsatian discoveries in later posts, but let’s focus now on that restaurant where I had one of my best dining experiences ever.
I was with my sister. We had to wait for around 10 minutes for our table to be ready. The restaurant is big, a bit noisy, and looks more like a family restaurant. The waiters were friendly, and they can help you with your choice of wine.
We ordered two set menus, with a pitcher of wine, and shared everything.
Foie gras de canard maison:
This dish was the star of the night, and of our entire trip, if I may say. One generous piece of homemade warm foie gras, served on a bed of shredded red cabbage, some pain au lait, a delicious gelée and a sundried tomato. After I tried this dish, I understood why the foie gras is that famous, and most importantly, I understood what is orgasmic food! I will go back to Strasbourg one day for this dish!
Feuilleté aux champignons frais à la crème
A squarish piece of puff pastry, baked until golden and crispy, then stuffed with fresh mushrooms, cooked with cream. This was the best pie I ever had, the seasoning used for the creamy mushroom mixture is just amazing, and the puff pastry is baked to perfection: not too crispy, not chewy at all, with a strong butter flavor that will certainly make you want more!
A very generous portion of choucroute – sauerkraut, garnished with 5 big pieces of pork! The two sausages have some very interesting seasonings, and the meat is really delicious. For those who don’t know what is choucroute, it is a typical Alsatian dish consisting of shredded cabbage that has been fermented to become sour and that is usually served with meat or fish.
Served with two and a half potatoes, I admit that I skipped these to be able to try the next dish!
Baeckoffe au Riesling:
This is the ultimate dish for meat lovers! Beackoffe means “baker’s oven”, and it is a traditional Alsatian dish consisting of lamb, beef and pork cubes, in addition to onions and potatoes, all marinated overnight in Riesling and slow cooked in ceramic dishes. This is one heavy meal! But, with the cold outside, you can try it, it tastes heavenly. We could not finish the whole thing, but their portions are really huge!
Kouglof glacé au coulis de fruits:
What is a Kouglof? It is an Alsatian traditional big cake, ring-shaped, containing raisins, almonds, and Kirschwasser cherry brandy. It can also contain candied fruits and nuts, depending on the region, and it is baked in a special circular pan with a central tube, originally made of enameled pottery.
The Gurtlerhoft has revisited this traditional dessert, and offers a glacé version that preserved its shape, the brandy in it, the nuts as well as the raisins. But, instead of the traditional cake, this dessert is prepared with ice cream. This dessert is interesting without being really exceptional or among my favorite desserts.
Mousse au chocolat:
Simply delicious! Not too sweet (like most of the chocolate mousses I had before) and not too bitter. You can’t smell the eggs –a lot of chocolate mousses suffer from this, and this is just great. (For those who don’t know, chocolate mousse is prepared with raw eggs.) I only had two bites because I was already full, but this dessert should be tried,
For 32,80 Euros, you get the starter, the main course and the dessert, and this is a very reasonable price. You can check the whole menu here. As for the wine, the restaurant has an interesting variety, with a fair price range.