We stumbled upon Au Trotthus as we were exploring a cobblestone side street in Riquewihr. The exterior, like most of the town, exuded medieval charm, and the menu that was posted outside was pure Alsatian so we decided to give it a try. What we found inside didn't disappoint. The downstairs dining area is decorated in a half-timbered, ancient winery motif and charming. Those tables were taken so we were seated upstairs, not as quaint but still comfortable, with half-timbered beams. The service was professional and our mustachioed waiter friendly and charming. From what I've seen in other reviews the menu changes frequently but on that night our orders resulted in probably the best meal we had in France. My husband had braised beef cheeks with pinot noir. He cleaned his plate. I had duck foie gras with a chutney side. I cleaned my plate. Our friend had fillet of sole quenelle, a sausage style fish presentation. His entrée was also perfection. The wine menu was also exceptional and reasonably priced. We also got a kick out of the chef who came upstairs to welcome diners and inquire about our dining experience. His was a big personality--very French and very entertaining. All in all, this was an exceptional restaurant that we all thought represented Alsatian cuisine at its best.
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