Restaurant Marcus (Strasbourg)

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The team behind the now-closed Botaniste (Noémie, Guillaume and Arnaud) opened up a new spot in the summer of 2022. And bam! Marcus was born. You’ll find the same Farrow & Ball-esque Scandi decor and spectacular open kitchen as their original spot. There, Oscar Cristiano, a young Colombian chef, sends out impressive dishes: small shared plates (with hefty price tags), like tender pork pastrami with parsley and garlic butter served with good bread; a bowl of seasonable vegetables – zucchini, peas, pickled rhubarb – all moistened by a Parmesan cream; and, the most finger-lickin’ good treat of the evening, stunning tempura zucchini blossoms with a garlic cream and chili-spiced goat cheese. And to round out the meal, a rhubarb financier with rhubarb and a red berry sorbet, which we didn’t actually try but jealously eyeballed on the next table over. All of which was sourced locally or from quality producers. Bonus: Saturday brunch, which includes two savory dishes and one sweet dish, a juice, a sparkling drink, and a classic coffee from the Strasbourg roaster Mokxa. // Marcelle Claudepierre

FEELING THIRSTY? Around a hundred natural or biodynamic wines selected by Pierre Berthier, including an Alsatian Restons Dark, a pet’ nat’ white from the Domaine Kumpf & Meyer (€8 a glass) and This is Muska, an orange wine from the Domaine in Black (€27 a bottle), Gama Sutra, a Loire Gamay from Olivier Lemasson (€37)… Not to mention the craft beers, like Chocomas Party, an imperial stout from the Brasserie Piggy (€6 for 250 ml).
PRICE: À la carte €30-45, brunch €22 and €35 (Saturday).

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