May 11, 2018
LaSalle is a simply gorgeous restaurant-bar in a renovated factory on the outskirts of town. It’s the centrepiece of the swish Schiffbauhaus complex and was one of the first ventures to open there. This former shipbuilding factory now hosts a range of venues including two theatres and the brilliant Moods jazz bar (one of the best jazz bars in Europe) so there’s plenty to do after you’ve finished your meal. The restaurant is fine-dining silver service but, as good as the cuisine was, we couldn’t take our eyes off the setting: the whole place is located in a huge glass box, with a reflecting glass ceiling and solid straight, steel pillar supports. This really is industrial chic at its finest, done with flair and attention to detail with smart touches that lift it out of the ordinary. An extraordinary pink Venetian crystal chandelier hangs down in the centre – we reckon your date will approve. The bar alongside has long tables and communal seating and is lit with intimacy in mind. There are more whiskeys on the glass shelves than you’ll find in most distilleries and the staff are charming without being smarmy. Food comes courtesy of co-owner Walter Schmidt and is mainly French but with some fusion/international influences that keep things interesting. The cocktails are well-made and the wine range chosen with care. It’s really no wonder this place is one of the hottest spots in town, as you may guess from your fellow guests, who tend to towards the city’s moneyed and stylish. Once visited, never forgotten: go on, treat yourself.