Way back in 2017 and fresh out of art school, Clémence, Noémie and Guillaume opened up Le Botaniste. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the most unmissable spots in the increasingly bustling city of Strasbourg. What should you expect? Tomette tile floors, graphic wallpaper and an open kitchen, where Noémie whips up straightforward locavore plates – meat sourced from the Spiesser butcher shop, fish from Aux Sources du Heimbach, flours from the Moulin de Forstfeld, fruit and vegetables from Jean-Michel Obrecht…. On the summer evening we went, the menu featured: a hearty, hand-cut veal tartare mellowed with a Caesar dressing and peas; an incredible slow-cooked rabbit pâté with creamed carrots, smoked potatoes and a whole roasted head of garlic; before a delicious blueberry/blackcurrant mousse served with candied redcurrants. It’s worth noting that there’s also a nice lunch menu – eg.: red kuri squash cooked over hay, fresh goat cheese from the Ferme Goetz, ginger and a squash reduction; gnochetti with a pesto made from lacto-fermented vegetables, black trumpet mushrooms, chanterelles and hazelnut oil; an apple and pear compote with caramel ice cream and a salted butter crumble. // L.Ca.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a short selection of natural wines to choose from: an Alsace from Ruhlmann-Dirringer (€4.50 a glass), an Ardèche red from Antonin and Gilles Azzoni (€28 a bottle), De Grès ou de Force, a Riesling from Catherine Riss (€40 a bottle)… Plus a dozen gin-centric cocktails, like the Jean with Modertal gin, pepper syrup, a rose infusion, lemon and bergamot liqueur (€10).
PRICE: Menus €21 (lunch) and €36 (dinner).