I had dinner at Cafe d'Alsace last night, and I had a wonderful experience! Although the posts here have been very mixed to negative, I decided to try it anyway since it's in my new neighborhood. Service was very attentive throughout the meal. I started with the tart flambe which is a mini-pizza with cheese, carmelized onions and bacon -- wonderful combination. I had to leave a piece to save room for the wonderful duck breast with raspberries, mixed salad, potatoes with onions, mushrooms and bacon, and mixed vegetables (string beans, pea pods and carrots). Everything was delicious! I had no room for dessert. I had two glasses of a German Riesling (not too expensive $10 a glass). I'm definitely looking forward to a return visit. We arrived before 7 without a reservation, and were seated immediately. The restaurant filled in by the time we left at 8, with a nice mix of patrons of all ages. I'm glad I tried Cafe d'Alsace!
That's good to hear - we're in the neighborhood as well, and haven't been back for a while. Last year, I remember their menu not being particularly "summer friendly" - ie, I don't feel like eating cassoulet when it's 90 degrees out - did you think were a number of lighter options on the menu?
I just had two light dishes (2 appetizers) there. The mix of asparagus with salad and the tuna tartare with avocado puree (though I did scrape off a bit of the avocado--really good but a bit over powering the lightness of the tuna).
All in all, I was a very happy diner with a bottle of Lindemann's Peche Belgian Lambic.
Has anyone had the chance to try the choucroute garnie there? I've been craving authentic choucroute for a long time! I'd like to know if they're done right at Cafe d'Alsace.
And how is their tarte flambée? I love it when they're cooked in 500C+ woodburning ovens. Slightly charred edges but dripping hot cheese with crisp bacon and sweet onions! Just roll it up, tacquito style, and gorge! (Don't forget to breathe once in a while.)