Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Auberge de l’ill–A Little Bit of Heaven in the French Countryside
On my way from work (and a great time) in Paris to Salzburg for the Easter Festival I was lucky enough to be invited to the Auberge de l’ill, which rests just south of Strasbourg in the sleepy town of Illhaeursen and is the creation of the renowned Haeberlin family.
Awarded its 3rd Michelin star in 1967, this is a superb experience. You can’t think of it as just a gastronomic meal, everything is perfect, from the ambiance and restaurant itself to the friendly and welcoming service. You couldn’t have a much more idyllic setting, with both the restaurant and the hotel leading straight on to the river. Arriving just after a rainstorm with the sun coming out you could see how spectacular this place must be in the summer, when you can sit outside and have your drinks on the terrace.
I’m not of course a food critic, so I won’t wax too lyrical about what I had to eat other than to say that every bite was absolutely delicious. What I can say is that whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed – this is one of the very best restaurants in France which lives up to its reputation in every way. The meal goes on from one delicious course or treat to another, ending with perfect home-made (of course) chocolates that although you know you should resist you simply can’t. There’s very little that can be resisted here. Don’t bother to wear anything too tight girls – a little word of warning.
As you would expect the restaurant was full, despite the fact that it is really out of the way, so if you decide you want to pay the Auberge de l’ill a visit make sure you book well in advance. You can stay at the Hotel des Berges attached to the restaurant and overlooking the river (and you can order your breakfast to be served on a boat on the river if you want), or find somewhere else locally. Either way this is an incredible treat and one well worth making the journey for. Find a seriously special occasion and go.
Auberge de l’ill
2 Rue Collonges au Mont d'or
68970 Illhaeusern, France
03 89 71 89 00