A culinary exploration of
northeastern France

Posted by Auberge du Pommier
on February 14, 2018
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Potatoes and cabbage, spätzle and stews – if you’re wondering how these seemingly traditional German dishes fit into our unequivocally French setting, the answer is Alsace.

Heavily influenced by German culture, Alsatian cuisine features hearty meats, tangy choucroute and doughy delights ranging from tarte flambée to the ever-popular bretzel. Having taken a figurative jaunt through this unique region during our Harvest in Alsace brunch back in October 2017, Chef de Cuisine Malcolm Campbell turned his intrigue into an opportunity to highlight the comforting, winter-appropriate ingredients of Alsace – with a modern French twist, of course.

Taste Alsace Flammekueche Appetizer on White Plate at Auberge du Pommier

Your journey through this eastern French region starts with one of its renowned specialties: the Tarte Alsacienne or flammeküeche, which translates literally to “flame cake” – a nod to the blazing wood-fire oven in which it’s cooked. While most of our toppings mimic the traditional tarte Alsacienne, the crust itself is pure Chef Malcolm flair. Instead of conventional pizza dough, he whips together a light, flaky shortcrust and festoons the tart with Périgord truffle and escargots imported from France.

Taste Alsace Foie Gras Terrine on White Plate at Auberge du Pommier

Taking the richness up a notch, the Terrine features Madeira and Cognac infused foie gras, rolled out into near-perfect slabs and layered with braised Ontario wild boar – Chef Malcolm’s succulent alternative to Alsace’s most commonly used protein: pork.

Taste Alsace Trout and Cabbage Main on White Plate at Auberge du Pommier

Both the Choucroute de Poisson and Rable de Lapin boast quintessentially Alsatian components. Of the former, Chef Malcolm admits he initially found the combination of fish and sauerkraut unusual.

“But this is more of a rustic pub dish in Alsace. Everywhere you look, they’re eating trout and cabbage.”

Trout is one of the only fish found near the landlocked Alsace region, but the strategic infusion of crayfish in the Nantua sauce and powdered nori in the spätzle bring out the flavours of the sea.

Taste Alsace Saddle of Rabbit Main on White Plate at Auberge du Pommier

The latter stars Ontario rabbit – deboned, seasoned, pulsed, rolled into a ballotine, cooked at 65°F in the immersion circulator and finished in the pan with foaming butter. Once again, cabbage plays a significant recurring role – this time laced with aromatic notes of port, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, butter and red wine. The schupfnudeln, Chef Malcolm notes, is a starchy potato-based noodle similar to gnocchi.

Taste Alsace Strudel Dessert on White Plate at Auberge du Pommier

Ending the meal on a sweet note, Chef Domenico Giammarella transforms Alsace’s signature Strudel into a flan-filled phyllo cannolo with almond butter, amaretto-poached pears, pear sorbet and parsnip ice cream. And don’t worry – we didn’t forget about the classic Alsatian bredele! “We made them into apple shapes,” Chef Dom adds, alluding to the iconic symbol of Auberge du Pommier.


an exploration of France’s culinary tradition

Petit Début

Tarte Alsacienne

escargot, smoked lardons, caramelized onion, truffle, fromage frais


foie gras & wild boar, pretzel streusel, duck fat madeleines, preserved apples, Muscat vinegar

Choucroute de Poisson

poached trout, fermented cabbage, seaweed spätzle, crayfish & Riesling velouté


Rable de Lapin

saddle of rabbit, Schupfnudeln, salsify, carrot, braised red cabbage, brandy & red currant jus

Entremet de Saison


pear, vanilla flan, toasted almonds, parsnip ice cream


bredele, confiture d’Églantine

per person 115
with wine pairing 170

Participation of the entire table is required.
Items available à la carte.