Eating the French way at the L’Auberge et hostellerie paysanne** – or lutter à Lutter en Alsace – or heaven on a plate in an Alsatian village

Bread and water

Lutter is a lovely, tiny village in deepest, darkest Alsace.

It’s a 34 minute drive from Basel through rolling hills, and apart from being a cute village, where the farmhouses haven’t been yuppiefied yet, and people greet each other on the street, it is also the home of the Auberge et hostellerie paysanne – the location of our battling (lutter to fight) through a stupendous meal in Lutter….

auberge

During the course of a very long, very good, four course meal, I was full after the first course,    “lutter à Lutter” was born.  In addition the name of the town Lutter, derives from Luther – he of the reformation, which although we weren’t eating like royalty, more like landed gentry,  still tickled my fancy. Lutter the verb however, apparently stems from pure…..(disclaimer: etymology courtesy of www….. ) I digress….

                                                                                                                                               So  Sunday lunch – the French know how to menus lutterdo these things, you sit down, they ply you with heavenly dishes, and you don’t get up again until 4pm.

And because you had such a good time, and the chairs were really comfortable you are shocked it’s that late.

You sit and you sip and you savour, and it’s so wonderful and so European.

inside 1

table

shrimps and warm pestoWe had the most wonderful salad with large shrimp, served warm, not a speck of  gut in sight with a “nappe” of freshly made, slightly warm pesto. Heaven on a plate, I almost didn’t order it expecting fridge cold, hard shrimps, but the dish was perfect, and beautiful.

And then after the first course there was a long pause, we sat and we sipped and chatted  and sipped, and the great thing was that at some point we started thinking – hm the next course would be perfect round about now.

Chateaubriand

And then it appeared. Chateaubriand – perfect, brought to the table in a small copper pan and carved while we watched.

charming meat serverThis old-fashioned way of serving meals is one I love, makes me feel pampered and involved in the process.  Lunch is served: ratatouille in a kilner jar, pumpkin puree, chanterelle mushrooms and perfect slices of Chateaubriand.

Chateaubriand on the plateServed with heavenly, freshly prepared Sauce Béarnaise and a Gratin Dauphinoise:

Sauce Bearnaise

Gratin Dauphinoise

And then when we were full, there came the cheese plate, which  I forgot to photograph…I only managed just a small picture, with a speck of homemade bread on it.

le fromageAnd so on to dessert. The house selection  or what could  be termed the “I just can’t get enough/killing me sweetly” plate:  fresh fruit salad, vanilla ice-cream, with vetiver sauce, at least that’s what I thought the lady said.. but it was late, and I was sleepy.

just cant get enoughAnd a crème brûlée – this the first thing to disappoint .- a crème brûlée can be beautiful in it’s simplicity, smooth custard base, crunchy top. Perfection. Unfortunately this one had a milk chocolate melted base below the custard, and the custard was eggy, I dislike eggy crème brûlée, more like a Crema Catalana, which I don’t like half as much. But this was the only disappointing part of an otherwise wonderful meal, so why quibble.

icecream lutter

For Monsieur there was the lemon sorbet in marc, alcohol of some type, yummy but intense. And of course a coffee.

coffee 1The lunch menu was 45 Euros a head, total cost of lunch including the house red, came to 130 Euros. During the week the lunch menu is 12 Euros a head and includes starter, main and dessert. The quality on both occasions is stupendous. Cannot recommend this place enough: http://www.auberge-hostellerie-paysanne.com/web/

CAVE: Oh the frustration, this was meant to be a beautiful blog, but the lack of formatting ability in wordpress just about drove me crazy. After numerous hours formatting and reformatting and reformatting and trying to get the picture and the text to match up, as they would in a magazine article I give up, so here you have it.

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5 thoughts on “Eating the French way at the L’Auberge et hostellerie paysanne** – or lutter à Lutter en Alsace – or heaven on a plate in an Alsatian village

  1. Dear Rhonda – thank you for stopping by and commenting, very inspiring and motivating as well. Much appreciated. From my side I have much enjoyed reading about your back to school, china trips, what lovely photos! and all those delicious cakes (coconut?), breakfast’s, and paprika chickens, you are very prolific, impressive!

    • I was actually thinking of you while we were there – chateaubriand – french countryside, we discussed that when you guys are over we will take you there, and MANY other places!

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