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A Michelin-star restaurant in Alsace: La Merise

After a 30-minute drive from Strasbourg, we arrive in Laubach, a tiny village with a population of only 300. In the middle of the Alsatian countryside, this is where Cédric and Christelle Deckert have chosen to establish their gourmet restaurant (2 Michelin stars) – La Merise.

Nestled in a peaceful and pastoral environment, this building in the traditional Alsatian style is surrounded by an orchard, an herb garden, and several beehives.

The decoration is classic and subtle, with a harmonious combination of high-quality materials. The atmosphere is both calming and bright.

We happily follow the instructions and advice from the kind and attentive staff, as well as the sommelier, who is the guardian of a wine cellar containing over 5000 bottles.

The cuisine at La Merise aims for authenticity, precision, and most importantly, intelligibility. The latter pursuit becomes obvious as soon as we read the descriptions on the menu, which are all clear and easily understandable.

Each dish is carefully and skillfully prepared, with ingredients picked out by the chef for each season, which he then showcases and sublimates. The presentations are tasteful, elegant, and graphic. Every dish in the Menu Découverte (Discovery Menu) are served at an agreeable pace, allowing us to fully enjoy the experience.

The chef subtly reinterprets French classics, as well as dishes from his childhood, by incorporating a wide range of influences. The flavors are clear-cut, without any garish blends. As a result, everything is balanced to perfection.

Having quickly become one of the places to go for fine dining in Alsace, La Merise has gone from one distinction to the next since it first opened in 2016. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2018, and a second star in 2021. It recently also became a member of the prestigious restaurant association les Grandes Tables du Monde.

We particularly enjoyed how every ingredient was cooked with such precision, and the sauces were silky and flavorful. Another highlight was the bold and inventive combinations, the balance of seasonings, and the sweet nostalgia of the desserts. From the Menu Découverte, we’d especially like to mention the enticing and delicately scented red mullet with Madras curry (which instantly transported us to a spice market in southern India), blending with the freshness of the coconut soup; the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the roast pigeon breast, and the subtle and full-bodied flavor of the reduced jus with ginger.

La Merise
📍7 rue d’Eschbach, 67580 Laubach

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A Michelin-star restaurant in Alsace: Auberge de l’Ill

L’Auberge de l’Ill is a two-star Michelin restaurant nestled in the heart of an Alsatian village near Colmar and the Route des Vins, less than an hour’s drive from Strasbourg. Trying to pronounce “Illhaeusern” (Illhoyzern) is a journey in itself.

As soon as we arrive, we are shown to our table in the elegant and subtly decorated pièce alsacienne (Alsatian room), where we eagerly await our four-course symphony. A full wall of marquetry work, depicting a landscape from the Ried area, with bulrushes, reeds, storks, and herons, echoes the scenery of the nearby river meadow.

The waitstaff are attentive and discreet, with everyone collaborating smoothly in a well-choreographed dance.

Everything is elegantly plated and presented. The restaurant’s delicate, generous, and flavorful cuisine is imbued with the culinary tradition carried by the Haeberlin family through 150 years. Our meal is balanced and subtle. We take the time to savor every mouthful, every note of flavor. The score is played to perfection by chef Marc Haeberlin and his team.

We particularly appreciated the many little kindnesses from the team and carefully planned details throughout the meal, the inspiration drawn from local delicacies, and the Haeberlin family history, which is their great pride. As for the food, we loved trying their beurre Bordier, the famous butter from Saint-Malo, as well as the freshly baked bread, the pan-seared seabass in a mussel nage (which made Stéphanie like bouchot mussels!), and the richness of the chocolate dessert with Piedmont hazelnuts and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.

L’Auberge de l’Ill
📍2 rue de Collonges au Mont d’Or, 68970 Illhaeusern

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A Japanese restaurant in Strasbourg: Matsumotoya

Don’t expect sushi to be on the menu here. Matsumotoya celebrates the authentic flavors of Japanese cuisine, with traditional hot dishes (katsudon, soba and udon noodles, gyoza, takoyaki…) washed down with green tea, ramuné (Japanese soda), Japanese beer or a glass of sake. The atmosphere is welcoming and minimalist, and the waiters (in traditional uniforms) are friendly and attentive.

When making your reservation (which is recommended), remember to let them know if you would like Western or Japanese-style seating (on a tatami – don’t forget to take off your shoes). We particularly liked the edamame and inari appetizers, the option to order your food with less salt, and the fact that the restaurant attracts a Japanese clientele. We also enjoyed thinking back on our trip to Japan during our our meal, which was (almost) as good as over there.

Matsumotoya
📍 13 rue des Veaux, Strasbourg
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An Alsatian restaurant in Strasbourg: Le Saint-Sépulcre

Alsatian adages written in chalk on the walls here and there brighten up the interior of this traditional Winstub, where a few modern touches have been sparingly added to the decor. We ordered one of the many tempting regional specialties on the menu. While we were waiting for our ham en croûte, we leafed through a few of the books about Alsace that are displayed above the benches. The ham was juicy, while the crust was just as it should be – crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The regional classic truly lived up to our expectations.

Le Saint-Sépulcre
📍 15 Rue des Orfèvres, Strasbourg

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A French brasserie in Strasbourg: Aedaen place

Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and cool interior at Aedaen place (the brasserie side). Our dishes (Pollock with coconut curry and duck with heirloom vegetables)were very well balanced – and cooked to perfection. Stephanie fell in love with the playlist.

Good to know: brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Aedaen place
📍 4-6 rue des Aveugles, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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An Italian restaurant in Strasbourg: Le Bastardo

With its welcoming staff, inventive interior (with a map of Italy chiseled into one of the walls) and generous portions, Bastardo specializes in modern and flavorsome Italian cuisine focused on quality ingredients. They change the menu following what’s in season.

We very much enjoyed the lobster bisque risotto, bucatini al ragú, raspberry mojito, homemade bread with caramelized hazelnuts (still warm from the oven), and the street art murals leading down to the restrooms.

Le Bastardo
📍 17 rue des Tonneliers, Strasbourg

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An Italian restaurant in Strasbourg: Pop & Lino

Tucked away in a little side street and behind a wall of aperitivi, this colorful Italian restaurant offers a “pizza e pasta” concept with a wide array of cocktails and a shaded courtyard with an olive tree at the center. We opted for their meta-meta menu – half pizza, half caprese salad.

Pop & Lino
📍 8 rue du Faisan, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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A Mediterranean restaurant in Strasbourg: Tzatzi

Having opened quite recently, Tzatzi puts a a delicious spin on classic Mediterranean recipes. We particularly recommend the preserved lemon hummus, the lamb pide (the meat just melts in your mouth) and the pomegranate, basil and elderflower cocktail.

Tzatzi
📍 1 rue Sainte Barbe, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)