I visited Le Ciel with a friend along with the Gourmet Attack, which is similar to the Restaurant Week internationally. I chose this restaurant based on the menu, because it sounded very fancy and not-so-average.
We seated with a nice view on the Alsterlake, but since it was already night time, we could "only" enjoy the night lights, not so much the lake view. The service was attentive, asked right away if we wanted an aperitif and gave us a huge selection to choose from. I must say that the drinks were a little pricey - €12 for a cocktail, €10 for a wine or prosecco. And my lychee daiquiri was a bit too watery and icy.
We were served a basked of two different baguette bread (brown and white) with salted butter, while we were waiting for our first course -
A composition of beetroot-pear cream soup with caramelized blue cheese
The soup was an interesting taste, but good, because I'm not a soup person. It was slightly sweet, not too creamy and you could taste both beetroot and pear. The cheese was too strong, although caramelized, and did not really fit into the starter.
Then we had a beef medaillon along with a jus de thyme, sautéed sweetheart cabbage and a potato-leek-gratin. The medaillon was divine - right to the point, perfectly flavored, especially with the jus. The sides were average.
For dessert, we had a home-made apricot-dumpling with caramel ice cream along with a blackberry-anise-compote, which was my least favorite course. The dumpling was freshly made, but tasted too much doughy, the compote was too sweet. The ice cream was fine, but it didn't blow me away.
All in all, a great experience. Dining with a view, dinner was good, but normally too expensive. The atmosphere had something missing, since mostly tourists or hotel guests dine there, you sit very close to the next table and they had weird lightening (neon lights in huge bottles).
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