A Spotlight on the Cuisine of Strasbourg
Strasbourg is a highlight of any French barge cruise that takes in the stunning, and often overlooked, regions of Alsace and Lorraine. Sitting at the crossroads of western and central Europe, this city is bursting with a rich and intricate history, home to an incredible array of architecture, and proud of its strong cultural traditions.
Perhaps not the first city that comes to mind when you think of culinary delights, but Strasbourg should not be dismissed if you are a self-confessed foodie. Known as one of the most unique gastronomic destinations in Europe, it draws its influence from both France and Germany, making its recipes unlike anything you will find anywhere else in the world.
With menus made up of hearty fare and rich rustic ingredients such as doughy noodles, cream and sauerkraut, the food will definitely not leave you feeling hungry. Here’s a little look into the regional cuisine of Strasbourg on a cruise aboard Panache…
This delicious vegetable dish is really just cabbage and is very similar to sauerkraut, but it is elevated to new levels when prepared the Alsatian way. To make the deluxe version, the cabbage is pickled in wine and then stewed with fortifying vegetables and smoked meats. As the stew breaks down, the flavors melt into one another creating the most divine culinary sensation.
Coq au Riesling
A take on the Burgundian classic, this version is much lighter and made with the local sour white wine, which provides a tangy finish to the sauce. Often presented with boiled potatoes and a simple salad, this is a lighter meal than most local dishes.
Tarte à L’Oignon
A very versatile offering, this tasty tart can be eaten hot or cold and is often enjoyed as a snack. Pastry and onions that have been caramelised to perfection are the simple ingredients that make this delicious treat sing. The tart is much loved by the locals and served in every winstub (wine bar) in the city.
Definitely one for the bigger appetites, this casserole takes its name from the local term for ‘baker’s oven’, which was the vessel in which the dish was once cooked. In times gone by, people would collect all their meat scraps and vegetables and pop them into a big pot that they then took to a baker, who would cook it in the oven overnight and have it ready the next day. The stew is still made in the same way today but without the baker’s oven. The meat and vegetables are slow cooked with white wine and potatoes for hours until the meat is falling apart and melts in the mouth.
Another pie-style dish that was once made to feed the farmers grafting in the Alsatian countryside, is a rich-filling offering made with Riesling-marinated meat. You can grab a slice at any respectable Strasbourg bakery.
Savour the Cuisine of Strasbourg
Hopefully, when you visit Strasbourg on a luxury barge cruise aboard Panache, you will give the delicious culinary offerings the attention they deserve. The food really is delicious and worth experiencing!
About The Hotel Barge Panache
Hotel Barge Panache
12-passenger Hotel Barge Panache cruises in Holland & Belgium
during the springtime, then through Paris to Champagne, and finishes
their season in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France.
- Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
- Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace and a private wine tasting
- Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
- Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
- Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
- Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
- Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
- Excellent towpath for walking
The 128-foot Panache
is a 12-passenger luxury hotel barge of classic
Dutch design, fully air conditioned with spacious public areas and six
en-suite stateroms, with your choice of twin or double bed
configuration. En-suite bathrooms have twin sinks and oversize showers
with massage jets.
Panache is traditionally furnished in an old ship
style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambience.
The salon and dining room have large panoramic windows for viewing the
passing countryside, as well as comfortable sofas, books and music, and
an always open inclusive bar.
The sun deck is spacious and has
a heated spa pool; a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner.
Panache has a highly professional crew of six, comprised of Master Chef,
Deck Hand, Tour guide, two Housekeepers, and led by a knowledgeable and
experienced Captain, who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more.
Let’s reserve your spot !