Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lunch at Auberge de L'Ill - Illhaeusern (Alsace, France)

Just a few pictures from a nice lunch at the renowned Auberge de L'Ill in Illhaeusern (France). This restaurant is the only 3 star Michelin restaurant in Alsace. Last time I ate there was at least  five years ago and I remember being a bit disappointed by the food at the time. Today, I was pleasantly surprised by the remodeling of the place and must say the setting is absolutely gorgeous whether inside or outside. We had a drink in the restaurant's garden before lunch and seeing wild storks walk on the grass and fly over our heads was breathtaking and at the same time so typical of Alsace.

As for the food, I must say it was very good but once again, I feel a bit frustrated as I don't think I tasted anything that would qualify as particularly creative or amazing. Service was friendly and maybe even a bit too informal at times. But enough talk, time to see the pictures:

Lobster salad with fennel, orange peel and chick peas:

John Dory Fillet with squid ink spaghettis and calamari broth:

Pigeon rib stuffed with cabbage, truffles and Foie Gras (this was the highlight of my meal):

Cheese selection:

Baked Panna Cotta with Amaretto, poached cherries & elderberry sorbet:

All in all, I had a very good time and so did my taste buds. I, particularly, recommend the pigeon rib stuffed with cabbage, truffles and Foie Gras.

One last Geeky thing: cell phone reception is very poor in the restaurant and the city. Extremely slow data connection speeds (no 3G, and very slow EDGE). No wifi.


Gee said...

Nice review.

I often find that restaurants with a reputation don't live up to their billing. There's something to be said about not meeting your heroes ;-)

Care to share how much the bill came to? If not, did you get a chance to take a photo of the menu?

Anonymous said...

Dreadfully pleasant document .I just came across upon your web page moreover wanted to speak that I've genuinely enjoyed browsing your blog posts.After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed also I hope you compose over again rapidly!

Before I go, permit me thank you for your tolerance with my English as (I am confident you have figured this at this time ,), English is not my chief language consequently I am using Google Translate to figure out how to jot down what I really mean to tell.

fr8d said...

Thank you for this kind comment.