Chez Yvonne, Winstub has a long history. Founded in in 1873 by Eugène Jacquemet under the name of “S’Burjerstuewel ” (means the stove of the peasants). It got its presence name Yvonne Haller bought it in 1956. The restaurant hosted a number of political figures, including heads of state Boris Yeltsin ,Jacques Chirac and Helmut Kohl. Winstub is a type of wine restaurant with Alsace food. A few steps away from Chez Yvonne is Le Clou; I was there for dinner.
Th building itself has its antiquity value too; with the typical Alsace half-timbered architecture style in Renaissance style remains standing though there is a part of it today has some restoration work done on it.
Complimentary Aspic was offered instead of bread and pretzel. I like the idea. This remains me of the Chinese version Pig Trotter Jelly.
I read some where that Strasbourg is famous for Foie Gras, hence I turned to Foie gras d’oie maison. At Chez Yvonne, they offered either the half (€14.60) or full portion (€23). These were silky to the palate and it didn’t have much iron metallic taste. Extremely pleasant on the palate. Having it with some fig or jam that were provided on the side, bring you other experience.
For Mains, I opted for the Coq Au Riesling, spaetzle (€14.30), killing two birds with one stone. Two local specialties made up this item. You might often see Coq Au Vin on French menu. Coq Au Riesling is similar. In this dish, specific wine, Riesling is used to cook this dish instead of random wine. Basically, it was fork-tender chick stew in cream sauce with wine fragrance.
Spaetzle is lightly soft chewy egg pasta.
The portion was extremely huge for me. No way, I could finish it even in 2 meals. I am not kidding.
Especially when at France, you ought to complete your meal with dessert. And you don’t order until you finish your Mains. When handed the dessert menu, I saw a section indicating local specialty, there were 4 items, I understand none though I could make up that it is mainly Ice Cream or Sobert. I randomly ordered the Granite de Gewurztraminer Vendangers Tardives (€7.90). When I tried it, I realized, it was shaved ice with alcohol. Basically, Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives is a Alsace late harvest wine with high sugar content. Therefore, great for dessert. Since I don’t drink, I find the alcohol too intense, it was a shame.
Typical Alsace ambience restaurant with local specialty and with its history, Chez Yvonne is a must for any visitors visiting Strasbourg for the first time.
10 rue du Sanglier, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 84 15
Daily 1145 to 1415, 1800 to 2230