Le Sud, Clausen, Luxembourg – 9th December 2009

The restaurant is situated on the top floor on a nely renovated building belonging to the newly established bar and restaurant area on the land of the old brewery.

Lets just say the entrance is stunning. The lift brings you to the floor of the restaurant.

We were the first to arrive, and later the restaurant would become half full, but far from busy.

The restaurant has just been awarded its first michelin star, which the chef Christophe Petra also held in the south of France in his previous restaurant.

Many different impressions…

Beautiful room, open kitchen, horrible carpet, stone walls, impressive entrance.

The maitre was a well-known face, since he has been working at the restaurant of the best hotel in town, and served me there a few times. He is good, even if he might seem a bit snobby, but when you know him you appreciate his style. The young Italian waiter was funny and in a good mood too. The sommelier tried to be funny, but his style was not convincing (to us at least), and he had a terrible way to walk. Christophe Petra greated us personally at our table, nice touch.

The concept is 1 menu – 3 starters, 1 main dish – (we could choose between, pigeon, lamb, deer, and Monkfish) – cheese trolley and dessert trolley.

Before the starters we were served 3-4 different amuses, all very nice, so was 2 of the 3 starters, the fish was fishy and not to our liking at all. We had the deer, beautiful mashed potatoes with truffles, beautiful wine reduction, the meat was to rare but still nice.

The cheese selection very good, although my favourite Fourme d´ambert was not available.

The dessert trolley, consisted of fresh fruits, 4 kinds of home made ice, 10 different cakes with sauces on side.

All this comes at 69,- euro….I would say a bargain.

Is it on star level…well certainly not compared to the level in Copenhagen, but the food had a back to basic feel about it. The presentation being solid but not something I couldnt match in my kitchen on a good day.

We had a lovely Saint Aubin 2007 from Marc Colin. We let the sommelier choose the red and he opted for a Haut Medoc, Bernadette 1999, cru bourgeios, which were not to our liking at all. Too ordinary, and not up to the main dish at all. So most of the bottle was left were it belonged…in the bottle. This was noted by the young Italian waiter, and the maitre came to our table inquiring about the problem. He insisted on not charging us for the wine. Good choice and style.

The wines are TOO expensive anyway, it seems like a 4-5 times cost price are standard…and thats not unseen in Luxembourg, but still horrible.

Nevertheless, I feel like going back, I liked the unpretentious style of the food. For me the highlights were the amuses, the starters and the cheese.

So heres my verdict… Food 7, service 3, ambience 4, total score for this visit  14

Worth a visit – check it out