Auberge du Neuland – Alsace
To get to Auberge du Neuland, one has to:
a. drive through a dark forest on the outskirts of Colmar
b. frantically call for directions when reaching a cross road with No Entry signs to the left, right and center
c. upon instructions of the restaurateur, ignore French traffic laws by forging straight ahead despite the round sign with the diagonal red slash
d. all of the above
Oh, what we do for food.
In contrast to its lonely existence in the middle of Chemin de Neuland, the place was well lit and buzzing with diners inside. After studying the blackboard menu set in front of us, we made our selections.
The amuse bouche was escargot wrapped in a paper thin pastry.
Chestnut soup with blood sausage ravioli and truffle essence. Okay, the plating could have been neater, but I easily overlooked that since it tasted great.
Sauteed foie gras with slices of apple. Nicely seared liver that couldn’t really go wrong with a classic pairing.
Grilled Iberican pork with mushrooms and mashed potatoes (not pictured). Fatty and succulent, exactly how I like my pork.
Boiled beef with marrow and crudite. A little like pot au feu, but with different kinds of vegetable slaw.
After our dinner, the chef stopped by our table for a chat. He mentioned living in New York for five years and working at such esteemed establishments like Le Cote Basque. He returned to France and opened this restaurant a little over a year ago.
Two things I’ll remember about Auberge du Neuland: 1) Getting there is half the battle. 2) A hearty and pleasant meal at a moderate price makes it worth the effort.