30 Jan Strasbourg | Brasserie Les Haras
I have strategically picked Strasbourg as the last leg of our vacation because of its widely known Alsace culinary scene, and also the region to receive the greatest number of Michelin stars in France. I wouldn’t want to call our trip complete without trying some of the best restaurants this region could offer.
You can check out my travel highlight video here to get a glimpse of this lovely fairytale like region in France.
We picked Strasbourg – capital of Alsace region as our base in France due to its proximity and easy train commute to Germany and Switzerland. We spent most of our in Strasbourg on Christmas market strolling and EATING obviously.
Brasserie Les Haras was on top of my list to try. It has a stunning dining space designed by award winning architect Patrick Jouin and the kitchen is consulted by Chef Marc Haeberlin from Legendary 3 starred restaurant Auberge de l’Ill. We have also been to Auberge de I’Ill as well, please stay tuned for my review.
I have heard mixed feedback about this restaurant. Some guests loved it and some didn’t seem impressed and call it pretentious. I wasn’t sure whether I should go there for dinner so instead I opted for their lunch special. Their daily special includes a 2 course menu for 25€ and a 3 course menu for 31€ – very good value!!
Our friendly server translated the entire a la carte menu for us with absolute patience even though we were still picking the lunch special at the end. We first started with a half bottle of Gewürztraminer -sweet aromatic white wine famously produced in Alsace.
Our first course – a trio of oysters Fine De Claire no.3 was brought to table shortly after. Winter is a typical oyster season and especially around Christmas time. The oysters were succulent, fresh, full of ocean flavours bursting into my mouth. The creamy topping was a bit overkilling and I rather took it out and have oysters without dressing. Nevertheless it’s a tasty dish to start our appetite.
Second course was Pan Seared Sea Bass. It’s too good that I’m not sure how should I describe it with words. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, fork tender fish with golden crust on skin, piping hot when it’s served….We scooped everything out on the plate.
At this point Will already asked if we should come back for dinner, I told you it’s rarely my husband would have a request like this.
Dessert was a lemon cream mille-feuille with lemon sorbet. Holy delicious and we wouldn’t be able to have the same kind of flaky mille-feuille in Vancouver. Perfect balance of sweet and sourness, buttery crust contrasted with refreshing sorbet, not dense and not greasy.
We finished our meal with a cup of beautiful latte and that’s always the sign of a meal we truly enjoy. The entire lunch took us almost 3 hours and the experience was remarkable. Brasserie Les Haras is my kind of restaurant – it has the perfect balance of impeccable food, sophisticated interiors and welcoming service. The only thing I wish is if I could stay in the hotel property also. Les Haras Hotel is situated at the heart of main pedestrian district – Petite France but quite far from the main train station. If we weren’t supposed to travel at dawn for our departure back home, I would have chosen this hotel to stay as well.