Auberge de L’Ill

The Haeberlin family and their restaurant Auberge de L’Ill is a culinary monument carrying three stars since 1967. Generations of chefs have been trained by Paul Haeberlin who died last year in May at the age of 84. A big chapeau for his lifework!

Our experience? Well, it was Spring and we had the pleasure to have our champagne outside on the terrace with an amazing view on the Ill. It looks like they have created this postcard romantic especially for the restaurant. Across the river there was a small boat and some fisherman and we really wondered how much they get paid for being so authentic.

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  1. Thanks for this update. l’Auberge de l’Ill was receiving some pretty rocky reviews when I was in the area last (2005). If I do get back to Strasbourg, my main event will definitely be a reprise of Jean Klein’s cooking at l’Arnsbourg. Perhaps I shall have cause and time to check out l’Auberge as well.

  2. Ulterior – whenever you are planning to come drop me a note as this is very near to me. In contrast to the perceived upwards trend at the Auberge I found Klein a little bit disappointing on my last visit regarding the conceptuality of some dishes and lesser product quality. 2006 and 2007 was much better in my view. But still, Klein is great sport in a magnificent atmosphere – maybe my favourite restaurant in this respect!
    Happy eating

  3. Thanks for sharing your meal in Auberge. I did see the “sandre” on the menu, but it is not my favorite fish ( i don’t like so much river and lake fishes for their strong taste), so i skipped it. The dish in your picture looks wonderful though. The veal looks also very nice.

    To Ulterior Epicure

    Last week i was in Au Crocodile and it was also quite disappointing.(I would give them one star maximum) So i agree with you that the only “worth travelling to” restaurant in Strasbourg region is L’Arnsbourg.

  4. Aiste – the sandre is by far the least strong sweet water fish and I tend to not order it as it is rather a commodity these days and not treated well. This one was different though:-)

    Jung at Crocodile is very old school indeed. Rightly he was stripped from his stars over the years! Have you been to Buerehiesl after Westermann jun. has taken over?

    Indeed Klein is very very good but I found him less outstanding compared to the Wissler, Amador or Bau as they really closed a gap here in the last year. And, as I have written elsewhere the dramaturgy of the menu is somehow repetitive…

  5. By the way, have you been to ? Its 3 stars…

  6. Luxeat – yes I have, but not recently. My visit in Oct 07 was just before the third star and Lumpp was not cooking at three star level back then. When he stayed classic it was very good, the more modern (in terms of flavours) dishes failed. It seem like the whole restaurant was under immense pressure to get the third star.

    From what I hear it has improved, Lumpp has freed himself from the pressure and now seems solid three star cooking, yet quite classic french. I will return if I am in the area but not on purpose solely for Lumpp – maybe a combination of Wohlfahrt and Lumpp, hm… Need to think about that…

  7. Thanks 🙂

  8. De rien, luxeat – are you planning to go there? If yes, just drop me a note;-)

  9. Great review, great pictures, great blog.

    I visited the restaurant in October 2007 and was truly disappointed. The service was average, the food more 1 star than 3 stars. The close by hotel on the other hand was worth the trip alone. Beautiful.

    Always enjoy reading your blog.

  10. Grenouilles are frogs, not snails, surely?

    • You are right – the funny thing is that I was remembering snails not frog’s legs when I wrote the report so didn’t even think about the name on the printed menu – happens when who write a report on a meal some months ago;-) Good catch – thanks.

  11. […] affection and love for these ‘great houses’ began in Alsace at the Auberge de L’Ill where the atmosphere, the pride of the culinary heritage, the dedication to the diner and, most […]

  12. IFS- you seem to have visited all the high end places around Baden/Strasbourg. What can you recommend for up to date reviews of all options? I have a summer trip coming up and only have time for one big meal. Thinking that should be l’Arnsbourg based on what I’m reading, but not convinced. thanks for any suggestions

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