5 dishes to try in Strasbourg, France

Alsace cuisine or what to try in Strasbourg?

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The land of Alsace is famous for its fine cuisine. And the genius of Alsatian cuisine lies in the fact that it uses the most common simple ingredients, such as eggs, potatoes and cabbage, but results in real culinary masterpieces. It’s a cuisine of peasant origin that has given us such delicious inventions as goose liver pâté, pies and koulebaki, which have lost none of their appeal to this day.

For our first

Braised rabbit – Civet

A very popular dish is the hare or rabbit marinated in aniseed and then stewed in a wine sauce. It is garnished with homemade spätzli noodles or potato dumplings.

Casserole – Baeckeoffe

This is a dish of potatoes in white Alsatian wine, with the addition of three kinds of meat: pork, beef and lamb. It is cooked in a special dish, which is sealed with dough.

Baked ham – Wädele

This traditional dish for restaurants is a small pork ham, which is most often served with sauerkraut.

Pretzel

Knack

This sausage is so named because of the sound it makes when you bite into it. It is traditionally served with sauerkraut at all village celebrations.

This fish has been farmed in ponds since the 12th century, and there are many recipes for its preparation. Jewish cuisine has had a great influence, and its traditions have enriched the local recipes.

Fish stew – Matelote

Fish stew is prepared from several kinds of fish with the addition of vegetables and wine. A wine sauce is served to go with the meal.

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Choucroute

Once upon a time, sauerkraut was prepared in brine in barrels, together with vegetables, for the winter. Nowadays Sauerkraut, a sample of Alsatian cuisine, is eaten at any time of year. It is traditionally served as a side dish to meat or fish.

Potatoes and cheese – Bibeleskäs

Fried potatoes with a side dish of white peasant cheese, generously dressed with garlic, parsley and green onions.

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Meat snails – Fleischschneke

This is another treasure of Alsatian cuisine. A roll of homemade noodle dough, cheese and minced meat is carefully cut into snails and baked in the oven.

For main course

Cheese

Munster

Munster cheese was invented in a monastery in 1339. Its strong smell is combined with a subtle taste. Munster is eaten cold or served melted on hot potatoes. You can also find ravioli with muenster.

Horseradish – Raifort

Traditionally, horseradish roots are cooked with mustard. This wonderful sauce is served with meat baked in pots. It’s also a very Alsatian souvenir!

Salted pretzel – Bretzel

This heart-shaped pretzel has been an emblem of bakers since the 14th century. In those ancient times, the method of making it was kept secret.

Tarte flambée

Flammekueche, the pie scorched by flame

Tarte flambée or flamquiche is a thin pastry with onions and bacon in a delicious soft cheese sauce. It is served on a wooden board. The pie is cut and eaten by hand. Needless to say, it is impossible to stop!

Flammekueche is maximally similar to pizza and the variety of toppings to match. You will definitely meet the vegetarian versions and sweet pies with plums and berries.

Bredele.

These Christmas cookies announce the beginning of the most magical holiday. According to an old tradition, they are made in almost as many different shapes and flavors as there are stars in the sky.

Manel – Männele.

In December, for the feast of St. Nicholas, they traditionally make little men out of sand dough.

Kougelhopf (Kougelhopf)

These uniquely shaped buns are a symbol of Alsace. Traditionally they are baked sweet with raisins and almonds, but there are also recipes with bacon, walnuts and cheese.

Alsatians love pastries. Modern culinary classics are based on fruit and whipped cream: fruit or cheese pies, scones and meringues.

And the compote?

Grapes

In Alsace a large amount of land is devoted to vineyards. The following varieties are mainly grown: Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Silvaner. These wines are famous all over the world, beautiful white color and fine aroma, they are served as an aperitif, they go well with fish or cabbage.

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“Read the article – Wines of Alsace

Gluhwein – Vin chaud.

It is a heated wine with an appealing aroma of cinnamon and spices. Mulled wine occupies an important place at Christmas fairs.

The first breweries in Alsace were formed in 1268! Since then, interest in beer has never waned. More than half of this drink in France is produced in breweries in Alsace.

Brandy – Schnaps.

It is served during a meal. It is made from raspberries, plums, cherries, pears or blackberries.

Strasbourg cuisine: The best dishes and restaurants

In terms of gastronomy, Strasbourg is an extremely curious city, because the local cuisine is not exactly French. It is Alsatian and is a symbiosis between French and German gastronomic traditions.

The best illustration of this is one telling fact: beer and wine are equally popular in Alsace. For example, there are many vineyards on the eastern and southern slopes of the Vosges mountains, and tours are regularly organized, during which tourists not only look at ripe grapes, but also taste the local varieties of pinot and Riesling – the route is called Route des Vins d’Alsace. The Alsace brewery is also flourishing, and today it is the largest producer of beer in France.

The food in Strasbourg is peculiar again. Yes, foie gras is in vogue here, but the main dish of Alsace cuisine is (suddenly!) sauerkraut! It is usually served with poultry: goose or rooster, but also sausages and wieners, because, as they say, Germany is close.

Also one of the most famous gastronomic specialties of the city is the pot roast baeckeoffe. It is usually cooked from pork, lamb, beef and potatoes. The most popular local fish is pike-perch. The region is also famous for its pies: tarte flambée reminds many of pizza, and apple Kougelhopf – known to all of us as Charlotte.

The local snails and Münster cheese are also a must-try in Strasbourg – it is not German but Italian influenced, because the Benedictine monks who came here from Dante’s homeland taught it to be made here.

And almost every dish here is served without fail with horseradish – it is loved by locals almost as much as sauerkraut. The local restaurants are called Winstub. Most of them are facilities without pretensions where it is cozy, inexpensive and tasty, and guests often sit at one common table. We will talk about the best restaurants in Strasbourg below.

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CHEZ YVONNE – APPROVED BY PRESIDENTS

Chez Yvonne is the most celebrated institution in Strasbourg. Just kidding, Charles de Gaulle and Jacques Chirac had their meals there and that is why it received the nickname “The President’s Restaurant” in the city. Anyway, if your imagination has immediately drawn “luxury and crystal”, waiters standing tight and at attention and other obligatory components of “bon-tons” – exhale and relax. Chez Yvonne is not about that.

It’s an old family restaurant, the classic Winstub with red check curtains, wooden panels and again a wooden figure of a rooster on the window sill. It serves exclusively typical Alsatian dishes. For an appetizer, get foie gras, smoked salmon, herring or grandma’s pork, and the main dishes are mostly meat.

In addition to wild duck liver or chicken cooked in riesling, there are exotics for the brave, such as calf’s head or its tongue. All main courses are generously flavored with horseradish. It is important that the foie gras is of own production and the prices are extremely humane: appetizers cost from 13 to 23 euros and the main courses from 15 to 27 euros.

It’s better to book a table in advance on the website: www.restaurant-chez-yvonne.net.

MAISON DES TANNEURS: JUST LIKE IN AN OLD FAIRY TALE

Maison des Tanneurs is a restaurant and city landmark in one package. That is, in the house. However, it is not even exactly a house. The 1572 building in which the restaurant is located today was originally an Alsatian tannery, but in 1949 it was bought by eight winemakers and they arranged there an establishment where you can taste traditional Alsatian dishes.

Locals often refer to the Maison des Tanneurs as “the house of Sauerkraut”. Surprised? Don’t be surprised! Remember, it’s one of the main specialties in Strasbourg, served as a side dish and as a main course. Besides, the restaurant perfectly cooks snails, rooster meat and tarte flambée – an open pie with white cheese filled with onions, slices of lard or bacon.

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This place is one of the most famous in Strasbourg, there are always a lot of tourists there, but the quality of dishes is not affected – the owners care about their reputation.

The address of Maison des Tanneurs is 42 Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes, tel +33 388 327970. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

FINK STUEBEL: SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS.

For Alsatian snails you should go to the Fink Stuebel. You will not only find baeckeoffe and pies of all kinds here. It’s a simple place, but the people of Strasbourg love it here. Try the cherry schnapps for a drink and it’s excellent here.

Address of Fink Stuebel: 26 Rue Finkwiller

LES CHAUVINS, PÈRE & FILS: IN A NEW WAY

If you want to experience innovative Alsatian cuisine, you should go straight to the family restaurant Les Chauvins, Père & Fils. No traditional cabbage is on the menu, but there is (surprise!) sushi made with local trout. Served with horseradish, which is considered a regional specialty. In addition, the menu offers Munster cheese, burgers, pickled vegetables and house-made foie gras.

Although Les Chauvins, Père & Fils is a trendy place, the atmosphere is relaxed. Most of the guests sit at one communal table and talk to each other incessantly. In a word, an excellent option to have a good dinner and at the same time to make new acquaintances. If you are considering this restaurant for a romantic dinner – reserve tables for couples, they are available at Les Chauvins, Père & Fils too. In general, girls who are used to counting calories and people who are a little tired of heavy Alsatian food will like this place.

A BAR WITH A VIEW AND A WINE

From food, let’s move on to wine. Let me tell you right away, there are a lot of wine bars in Strasbourg, but the locals especially appreciate the establishment at the Hotel Hannong. First of all the bar is located on the terrace directly under the roof, so you should go here not only for a glass of wine but also for a great view.

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The atmosphere here is extremely relaxed and friendly – just the right thing to enjoy your evening. By the way, the snacks in the bar are incredibly good, and if you come here for an aperitif, there is a big chance that you will eat your fill and the need for dinner will disappear.

Address of the wine bar: 15 Rue du Vingt-Deux Novembre, Hotel Hannong

ART CAFÉ: AN ARTISTIC TEA PARTY

For a bite to eat, why not head to the Art Café on the first floor of the Museum of Modernist and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg? The summer veranda is big and usually you can find a free table there and the view from it is gorgeous.

The menu is simple and unpretentious, but the local pastries are incredibly good. In addition, we would like to recommend this place to those who suffer from lack of tea in Europe – in the Old World people drink it much less often than water, coffee or wine. Well, in Art Café no one will be surprised if you order sweets with tea, all guests do it here.

Museum and Art Café address: 1 Place Hans-Jean-Arp.

AEDAN PLACE: EAT AND BE MERRY

The final word is about Aedan Place, Strasbourg’s most popular hangout for young people. It is an art gallery, a restaurant and a pizzeria in the same complex. But since the article is about food, let’s leave the art alone. What you need to know about the restaurant is that its menu changes every three days and consists exclusively of dishes prepared with fresh seasonal products, local fish and meat.

And the most interesting – Aedan Place has a secret bar where only those who are looking for it purposefully get. The easiest way to find it is to stop by the pizzeria. The bar is open seven days a week and specializes not in wine but in cocktails. Of course, the cocktails are of their own design, and some of them have deliberately erotic names. Yes, Aedan Place is open till 1 a.m. which is not typical for Europe, so you should go here when the city is already closed.

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