Le P’tit Bleu – Simple and delicious from sea to table

La Rochelle – Do you like your seafood simple? Le P’tit Bleu (small Blue (Boat)) offers exactly this. You can choose between oysters, sword shell (“Couteaux” extraordinary good), squid, sardines, shrimps and a piece of butter and bread. You also have a choice of beer and wine, and that’s it.

The simple restaurant is located directly on the harbor of La Rochelle and offers a great view over the castle, the old town and the incoming and outgoing ships at high tide. I have rarely seen such an extreme change of tides as on the French Atlantic coast.

The terrace offers simple tables outside and is only open in good weather.


Address: quai des Sardiniers, 17000 La Rochelle

Au 14 Février – A festival for the taste buds

Lyon – Finally we managed to visit Lyon, the gourmet capital of the world…some say.

I found this small restaurant in an article and was not sure to really trust it. When the restaurant called me to confirm the reservation one week in advance, I realized that it was definitely not a small, simple pub.

My expectations rose and we were not disappointed. We knew the chef was Japanese, but when we were there, we felt a little like in Japan. All staff was Japanese and no small details in service, table setting was left to chance.

The menu costs 92 Euros but it is really worth it. It would not be surprising if Tsuyoshi Arai soon got an award for his kitchen.

Unfortunately the battery of my mobile was empty, so there are not so many pics of the delicious food.

Address: 36 rue du Bœuf 69005 Vieux Lyon

Auberge de L’ill – Alsace at its best

Illhaeusern near Colmar

This summer, I invited my husband for his round birthday to a short trip to Alsace in France.

During the day we visited Colmar which is such a pretty little city and it looks like it has been all painted from a fairy tale book…

Overnight we stayed in a lovely hotel just about 15 minutes from the Auberge, called Hotel de L’illwald. A really nice place and built in the same typical style the houses are in Colmar (timber framing).

But now to the highlight of the evening. The chef Mr Haeberlin ears three stars in the Michelin guide and the family has a long tradition in this house. The venue is embedded in the countryside and the river Ill flows calm and nicely in front of the garden. People told me, normally there are a lot of swans swimming in there, but I guess it was their day off…

We enjoyed the apéro in the garden area, before we were let to our table. We were placed in a very private bay of the restaurant which made it even more romantic.

I think, this time the pictures need to speak about the food as this would be 5 pages or longer. Of course we had the tasting menu with – I really do not remember – about 8 courses that were absolutely amazingly delicious! The staff of course was also very nice and professional.

So, I recommend to go and try once…but beware of the prices 😉