L’Alsace – Paris – France
Alsace a bit watered down
Despite my habits at restaurant Le Bretzel, I went to make culinary infidelity by pushing the door of L’Alsace, a restaurant located on the Champs-Elysées. Despite my very negative a priori on most of the establishments that border the most beautiful avenue in the world.
The choice was pretty obvious because you don’t come here for a cassoulet. So sauerkraut.
Nothing to say about meat and sausages, quite appropriate.
The little deception will come from the simplest element, but not so much when you are from the country, sauerkraut. Purists will want it clear, crisp and slightly acidic. But a large part of the non-Alsacian clientele can be discouraged by this original texture. That’s why many restaurants have the terrible habit of overcooking cabbage and pushing it into confit — warmer color, blond honey, more crunchy and sweet rather than sour.
To be totally objective, this remains good but can make some purists stand their hair on end.
Not being the Savonarola of sauerkraut; however, I will not ban this table from my address book because a friendly service, a classic menu despite everything, an elegant setting make this establishment a pleasant stopover in the neighborhood.
Perhaps the horseradish service should be made compulsory. When you call yourself “Alsace”, you shouldn’t have to ask for it. And if customers don’t know it, it’s an excellent opportunity to introduce them to this condiment. Especially since they often eat them but they are tinted green. Indeed, wasabi is 99% of the time composed of this radish. The real wasabi is far too expensive to be given away for free in a mini bag.
Addition of 79 euros for two people.
Date of the visite: 2019 April
Alsace-Lorraine ,Brasserie ,Traditional
Tel: 00 33 1 53 93 97 00
Addrese: 39 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris