Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The audacious and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM checks out a charming restaurant on right bank of the River L’ Ill in…
MEDIEVAL Strasbourg...in the heart of the Alsace region of France. The thought provoking name is actually a year in the 18th Century…”1741″. How cool is that!
1741 was the year in which Prussia defeated Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz. I am not sure if that is the reason why the restaurant is named “1741”. Nevertheless, this restaurant specialising in French cuisine is really ‘superbe’. It has one Michelin Star! One good point was that the restaurant was just near my hotel. In fact it was just a 6 minute stroll from the splendid Cour du Corbeau hotel which is in a lovingly preserved 16th Century building! Shades of D’Artnagnan and the Three Musketeers!
I entered to be warmly welcomed. It was an icy cold winter’s night outside. The svelte hostesses are tres jolie (very pretty), I must say.
From the restaurant you feast your eyes on a spectacular view of Strasbourg Cathedral and the Palais Rohan!
An enticingly crisp and aromatic Gewuerztraminer with a pleasing bouquet of raisins for a gourmet dinner! Hermes porcelain ware, Christofle silverware and clear glass table lamps with real flickering candles illuminated the hors d’oeuvre of Beetroot Macaron filled with Smoked Eel Mousse! Delicious!
J’adore the Blue Lobster and Pumpkin caressed with Lobster Sauce and tangy Vinaigrette…
Wild Rabbit with Foie Gras and Black Truffle a la Royale was to parachute behind enemy lines in Syria for. The rabbit is hunted not bred, and the robust sauce is made with Rabbit’s blood, foie gras and aromatic truffle.
Sweets for the sweet! Even the beloved Founding Father of Singapore, Lee Kwan Yew had a sweet tooth! Picture this…Roasted Ripe Figs with Honey Ice Cream…OMG YUMMIE! The wild honey is from the mountains nearby. I went to give my compliments to mon ami the Chef de Cuisine on the 3rd floor. Despite the constraints of a compact kitchen, Guillaume Schemer turns out mouthwatering well plated dishes that make you yearn for MORE! Life is too short to eat bad food! Enjoy! 🙂
1741 Restaurant & Boudoir
22 Quai des Bateliers – Strasbourg
Tél. 03 88 35 50 50