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The restaurant is very nicely presented with your choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was exactly what I asked for and exactly what I expected. What can I say? It was a good restaurant, I had no complaints, but it was just like many others on my trip, perfectly OK but not memorable.
Favorite Dish: I had steak and chips with a sauce bearnaise and thoroughly enjoyed it. The specialty of the house seems to be carpaccio and it was being served at an amazing rate. I don't care for carpaccio so I can't say whether it was good or bad. What I can say however, is that the people at the next table ordered a second serving each, so I would say it must be good.
Updated Feb 11, 2011
Address: 18, rue du Vieux Marche aux Grains 67000
We dined at Il Girasole in May 2010 and we were so impressed that we planned to return the following month with different guests but time constraint prevented a second visit.
Girasole promises “Saveurs d’Italie”. They surely meet this promise with beautifully cooked and presented food in a very modern looking restaurant with vibrant atmosphere catering for customers from all walks of life.
The Carte is arranged in typical Italian style with choice ranged under course choices eg Antipasta; Primi Piatta; Secondi Piatti; Desserts. There are lists also based on type of dish eg Pasta, Pizza etc.
There is a huge choice. For example over 30 Pizza varieties €6 to €15 (the dearest : seafood topping) & 24 Pasta dishes €11 to €15.50.
Viandes - meats – include ten veal and eight beef dishes. The most expensive veal - €22.5 & beef - €30.5 for mixed grill.
Prominence was given to specialities of the Season – Asparagus and Strawberries and it was possible to have a three or four course meal with either of these two in each course.
Italian Wines are featured and as well as bottled wines there are monthly special by the glass, quarter or half litre : €3.5 – 5.5 – 9.00.
You will find a good selection of aperitifs and an adequate carte of beers.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Saltimbocca alla Romana - Medalion of veal with Parma Ham in a white wine sauce with sage leaves. We drank both white and red wines by the glass.
I was delighted with my meal and felt no need for dessert.
My companions enjoyed their selections as well.
Good reason to return for that promised second visit when next in Strasbourg.
Updated Oct 24, 2010
Address: 12 quai Saint Nicolas - Strasbourg
Phone: 03 88 37 16 76
This old restaurant is one block from the river near the crossing of the Ill and is said to have had its origins in the 14C. It is also a winstub. The specialties include foie de gras of oie, escargot a l'Alsacienne and lots of sauerkraut with the main course.
Favorite Dish: Foie de gras de l'oie.
Updated Jul 8, 2010
Address: 5 Place de la Grande Boucherie
On my second night in Strasbourg, I thought I'd try a restaurant that was off the tourist track, since it is widely believed that these type of restaurants are better. Hence I found a humble looking little place in the backstreets. There was no one in sight when I walked in. A local man came in after me and we called out "hello"! The chef came running out to greet us and whilst he was very pleasant to me, I soon was ignored in favour of the local man. The chef took my order whilst still carrying on a conversation with the local. Then he cut us both a basket of bread, poured us a drink and left to prepare the food. At this time a lady arrived who turned out to be the waitress. She too, totally ignored me as she delivered my food whilst at the same time, having a conversation with the local man.
Favorite Dish: Food was OK but what was termed "Filet Mignon" on the menu was actually a cheap cut of beef which had been cut to look like a Filet but had obviously been casseroled for quite some time to make it tender. I paid my bill and left with the definite impression that in some instances, maybe we are better off eating at the "Tourist" restaurants after all.
Written Oct 14, 2009
Address: rue, Kuhn, Strasbourg
This is a wonderful restaurant for lunch. Inside or out it is always packed. Both areas are huge but especially the inside which is on a number of levels. There would be seating for several hundred people. Wonderful Alsace atmosphere. There was a Private Function in the uppermost area of the indoor section that day so we were all treated to some wonderful French songs by a young lady who had obviously been hired for the function but whose lovely voice and wonderful music floated through the entire restaurant for the enjoyment of all. In this area of Strasbourg, it is hard to find a good restaurant at lunchtime that does not specialise in Flammekeuche, but although La Gruber did serve Flammekeuche, it had an extensive menu besides. Service was as good as I could have expected given the crowd, but I wasn't complaining. I sat back had a drink and enjoyed the atmosphere and the music.
Favorite Dish: I ordered French Onion Soup which was very good and I thought I would augment it with a small size cheese and sausage salad. The salad was so good that it made me regret having not ordered the large size. I certainly will next time. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Updated Oct 14, 2009
Address: In the street linking the cathedral to the river.
An excellent Italian restaurant. We were not the only ones that thought so, because it was packed. Not with tourists, but with locals as far as we could see/hear.
Favorite Dish: My husband had a well topped pizza while I chose ravioli with ricotta and spinach in a cream sauce. Delicious!
Updated Jul 8, 2009
Address: 12, Quai St. Nicolas, F-67000 Strasbourg
Phone: +33 388 37 16 76
A nice scruffy little café at Place Henri Dunant where you can have a quiche to eat and something to drink.
Update: Thanks to VT member kokoryko (Hermann) for pointing out that this café is called S'Kaffeestuebel (not S'Kaffeesteubel, as I originally wrote) and that it is located on Place Henri Dunant (not Durant).
Henri Dunant (1828-1910) was the founder of the Red Cross and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. There have also been various people called Henri Durant, but none of them were famous enough to rate getting a square named after them in Strasbourg.
Updated May 4, 2009
After walking around the cathedral square and in some lovely side streets of the town, we decided to have lunch here. It was somewhat fully occupied but luckily we got a space upstairs for 7 persons. It is somewhat a small place but has a cosy and friendly ambiance. We were all satisfied.
Favorite Dish: My recommendation from fine short orders:
Written Dec 10, 2008
Address: 8 Rue du Temple Neuf
L'Ami Schutz is located in the "Petite France District", one of the most beautiful place of Strasbourg. Here you can taste French and local dishes with an original touch. The staff is very friendly and the ambience is very nice: an old house with a nice garden.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant is quite good. It has got some menu of different prices so you can choose what do you like. I taste a disgusting Le gaspacho de tomate et pastèque, île au basilic (Tomato and watermelon Gaspacho soup with a basil flavoured « island »); very good was La poêlée de saumon au lard et aux champignons, misala et ail en chemise,
jus corsé au cumin (Fried salmon with bacon, mushrooms, baby potatoes and baked garlic cloves, cumin sauce) and for dessert you must taste the homemade ice cream or La crème caramel aux zestes d'agrumes (A vanilla caramel flan with citrus zests).
Written Sep 13, 2008
Address: Pont Couverts 1
Phone: 03 88 32 76 98
Francesca Orangerie is located in front of Park de Orangerie, next to La Residence Jean-Sebastien Bach. In this restaurant you can taste quite good Italian pasta and othe Italian dishes. The staff is friendly and quite speedy.
Favorite Dish: Francesca Orangerie was a good restaurant where you can taste good Italian dishes, expecially pasta. I can suggest to taste Pasta Arrabbiata (with spicy tomato sauce), very good is Osso Buco (marrowbone) served with pasta with tomato sauce, chips and salad. As dessert I can suggest to try a good Fraise melba (strawberry with ice cream).
Updated Sep 13, 2008
Address: Rue Francois Xavier Richter 6
Phone: 03 88 61 02 02
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