Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Au Pont Saint Martin, Strasbourg - a culinary rendez-vous

A culinary rendez-vous, as one of the meals I remember best from my first visit in Strasbourg 30 years ago was enjoyed at Au Pont Saint Martin. Strategically located in the Petit-France area, we suspected it to be a tourist trap. I am pleased to say that whether it was or not, we enjoyed a terrific meal there.

I vaguely remember the meal back then. Seated at the lower deck we ordered a pork dish with spicy tomato sauce. It was the location rather than the food that left a strong impression.

The location is still one of the best you could think of. By a bridge, probably bearing the same name as the restaurant, close to the canal with locks and river boats passing by, and a view to the beautiful old houses of Petit-France.

We found a very nice table and we both ordered the same mouthwatering dish.

We chose "Le tournedos strasbourgeois au foie gras de canard", i.e. tournedos with duck foi-gras and truffle sauce, roasted potatoes and sauteed green beans.

This was an extremely delicious dish. Tender beef beyond your imagination, garnished with a warm slice of foi-gras. Poured over these already wicked ingredients, a dark sauce with rich truffle aromas.

The potatoes and beans were perfectly seasoned, crispy potatoes and beans with crunch. We were also served a orange-green coloured terrine, green being spinach, and the orange? Sweet potatoes, turnips - I do not know but it was equally good.

Both Øivind and I were surprised, as we did not expect such a meal here, and it was, in spite of the ingredients, very affordable (€24). In spite of the fact that we had one meal here, I would recommend this if it is on the menu. I would even be tempted to revisit Au Pont Saint Martin to find something else to eat. Maybe next time?

Au Pont Saint Martin
13-15 rue des Moulins
67000 Strasbourg
Phone: +33 (0) 3 88 32 45 13
Fax: +33 (0) 3 88 75 77 60

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