...during our visit to Strasbourg we were looking around the cathedral area on the way back to the hotel early evening and saw the restaurant promoting a real surprise - "chocroute au trois poissons". Turns out this is the house speciality created by the head chef some years ago. We went in without a reservation (19.00 ...ish on Saturday evening) but were pleased to be found a table. The dining area was on the second floor up what can only be described as a challenging staircase, there was a thick rope handrail mainly used by the staff to descend down like an extra on "Pirates of the Caribbean", on the way out we took the lift more user friendly but far less atmospheric.
As entrees we took the snails and the salmon, but both took the choucroute surprise as the main, on the evening in question the trio of fish were Lotte (Monk fish), salmon, smoked haddock. The friendly waiter explained that we should proceed with he Lotte and then finish with the smoked haddock as this would enhance the taste as we went from the lightest to the most flavoured fish. It was very good indeed and for me far more enjoyable to the stalwart choucroute based on meats, this version was also available by the way and looked equally good quality. Avoided the equally tempting deserts - just - as the helpings of the two courses we did take were plenty. The offer of the day was two choucroute for the price of one which added to the surprise of this truly great food in a grand setting.
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