In April of this year, I took the Zen train from Bourgogne to Alsace in order to enroll Jade in boarding school. We stayed for several days at the Hotel Les Pins in Haguenau, France and were impressed with both the hotel and it’s restaurant http://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/alsace-taking-the-zen-train/. Jade’s La Toussaint, two week vacation is over and yesterday we took her back to school, but not before stopping into the Les Pins restaurant for lunch :)
This restaurant is always busy and Sunday was no exception. However, the owner found a nice spot for us, overlooking the gardens. Our old table :) Our aperitifs were accompanied by marinated olives, pretzels and a rich, garden squash veloute.
Jade and I made our selections from the French Terroir menu, my husband from the Alsace menu. For an additional 15 euros per menu, my husband and I received 3 glasses of wine, chosen by the house, to compliment our entree and main course selections. Good deal. My husband began with a perfect, truffle streaked slice of foie gras, served with a sumptuous fig confit and Jade with a marbled terrine of duck and it’s foie gras. Fabulous!
My carpaccio of salmon was so drenched with questionable olive oil, I’d like to forget about it as soon as possible :(
Jade chided her father on his main course selection of Alsatian biche or Bambi in mushroom sauce. Still, after a bite, she agreed that deer are only pets in story books but are food in real life. Good girl! As we were leaving, she tossed a predatory look at the fluffy, white bunny rabbit on the lawn :)
I’m always proud of my children in restaurants. Their tastes are adventurous, sophisticated and qualitative.
Jade chose the scallop topped polenta, drizzled with a thick balsamic veloute. Primo.
For me, the always delicious, French souris d’agneau or lamb shank with a wine based sauce.
We didn’t have room for the cheese, but we did have a coffee.
And split the coffee that came with Jade’s spectacular Cafe Gourmand.