After reading through previous threads on Strasbourg here, I was a bit nervous about the culinary portion of this trip. The prevailing advice was that to eat well, you need to leave the city and we had decided not to rent a car. I was also traveling with my mother and I know how she is at the end of long days and that she would not be willing to travel too far from home base for dinner so I buckled down and came up with a list of places in Strasbourg that sounded promising.
The only reservation we made prior to leaving home was for Christmas night at 1741. For the others we reserved a day or 2 in advance either by phone or by stopping into the restaurant. I am not sure if this is the case other times of year but during the busy Holiday season we found it crucial to secure dinner reservations in town. The one night we ventured out without, we had to go to 5 different restaurants before finding one with a table and predictably, it was our least favorite meal of the trip.
We definitely had some mediocre food but these are the places we enjoyed and would recommend:
1741 – This was our most formal and also our favorite meal in Strasbourg. The restaurant is in a 19th century house and aside from the modern 2nd floor which has an open kitchen and communal table, the dining areas are set up as little “salons-boudoirs”. We were on the top floor and there was only one other table with us. I think the restaurant opened in 2012 and it received its first Michelin star this past year. Well deserved, IMO. You can order ALC or they offered different prix-fixe options from 4-7 courses. We each went with the 4 course.
Of the 8 courses and multiple extras, there was only 1 real miss which was a lobster dish with fresh pumpkin & a pumpkin vinaigrette. It was beautifully presented but very bland. The standout dishes were the truffled goose foie gras entrée served with mini brioche buns, an egg dish with artichoke and black truffles and their modern take on buche de Noel dessert. They also had a fantastic cheese cart. I had read several reviews on various websites complaining about small portion size but considering we had just enough room to try a couple of things from the mignardises cart, I found them to be just right.
Tire Bouchon – This was our favorite for traditional Alsatian food that we tried. For starters my mom had the foie gras and I had escargots and for mains, she had the choucroute & I ordered the baeckoffe. All dishes were good and very filling so no dessert.
Goh – I am generally hesitant about untested restaurants affiliated with hotels and to be honest if we hadn’t been staying at the Sofitel, I never would have eaten here even though the reviews I read on the food & chef were all good. The very modern design was in line with the hotel but distinctly out of place for Strasbourg IMHO.
That aside, the food was quite good and included a modern take on some of the traditional regional dishes. We were glad we chose not to orders starters because we were given an amuse bouche that was the largest I’ve ever seen, basically entrée size. It was rillettes (lamb IIRC) over a chutney. For mains, mom had lobster baeckoffe and I had a scallop dish with variations of cauliflower. For dessert she had a chocolate soufflé and I ordered the café gourmand which included a really delicious ginger snap/ speculoos (not sure which but it was that flavor) mousse.
Au Petit Bois Vert – This restaurant along one of the quais in the Petite France area was a very welcome reprieve on a cold, rainy afternoon. I’m sure it is a lovely place to dine outside in better weather as well. To start, I had the escargots (again) and mom went with the onion soup. Both were tasty but the shared tarte flambee with gruyere, onions, lardons & mushrooms was really fantastic.
Thanks to anyone who read through this longer than expected report. I’ve included a few photos for anyone interested as well.