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“The wine alone was prefection”

brasserie au violon
Ranked #43 of 808 Restaurants in Basel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 24 - USD 54
Cuisines: European, French, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Altstadt
Description: Monsieur Philippe Maire and his team are happy to welcome you into the small, history rich and elegant hotel brasserie au violon. The traditional typically French cuisine for lunch or dinner will surely be remembered as a very enjoyable time spent in a cozy atmosphere.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Visited to celebrate a brithday and was not disappointed. The service on arrival was friendly and polite, taking our jackets and seating us
The menu was seasonal. Starters arrived with an excellent white wine selected, since we asked to the waiter to choose a suitable drink. Sea bream tartare in an asparagus veloutee...Amazing. Fricassée de veau and hazelnut with puree sweet potato..delicious. Main dishes were lamb shank confit with mustard lentils of a sizable portion and Omble Chevalier -a local trout like fish- with fennel mousse puree, a foam of a lemon taste and a delicate potato thing. This was heavenly. The red wine that accompanied the main dishes was superb!
The service was great. It was pleasantly busy that evening and the service never wained.
Will be returning!!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Enrika C
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Went there for a post-Valentine's Day dinner with the wife (we ate at home on V-day itself to avoid the V-day restaurant experience).
The place itself is quite charming - its in an old prison. We'd walked by numerous times and never knew that there was a hotel and restaurant inside.
Wife ordered soft egg with smoked salmon and I ordered onion soup as starters, and lamb cutlets and duck breast as mains, followed by a cheese plate...accompanied by a bottle of wine.
The wife thought the egg tasted good but was a bit dismayed at paying 20CHF for one egg. My onion soup was not the typical French onion soup but more of a pureed soup which I enjoyed. We both really liked the lamb and the duck. The cheese plate and wine were also good. Service was attentive and pleasant throughout the meal.
While not one of the best fine-dining places in Basel, I would highly recommend this for someone wanting a good French dining experience without paying Michelin-star prices. At 250CHF for 2 including 100CHF for the wine, we thought this was a good meal at normal Basel prices.

Date of visit: February 2018
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1  Thank Dizzydee66
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

This restaurant is a favourite of our ex pat friends who weekend in Basel but work in Zurich.

The forbidding wall on the outside presages it's previous role as a prison and the lift to reception has the same gloomy and forbidding undertones! The reception area is no more than a passage way but you then move in to a very well proportioned restaurant area with some lovely wood panelled walls. The table we were shown to sat alongside one of those old fashioned cast iron radiators which the girls really appreciated.

The service (if a little distant in manner) and food matched the expectations created by the pleasant ambience of the room. We chose fish as a main course and this was well presented and of a very good quality. An interesting pudding was a soft meringue on a lake of custard! The trio of creme brûlées might just have had a bit more flavour to distinguish between them.

But all in all, a solace and respite from the bustling Christmas market outside.

Date of visit: December 2017
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1  Thank Chris F
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

We were wondering the streets of Basel, looking for a nice place to eat. A stranger recommended this place, telling us it was an former prison. Well, we were intrigued and set off to find it. We found it tucked away in a small plaza, and they seated us without a reservation.

As an appetizer we had the basque egg with sweet peppers and bayonet ham, and it was the perfect combination of flavors all on one plate. We each had the beef tartare, and that too was beautifully done. We got to choose our level of spiciness, and the waiter brought a sample on a spoon so we could confirm before committing!

I enjoyed watching the old-school waiters doing their thing, and it brought an air of grace to the buzz of the brasserie. I would definitely return to try some of the other dishes on the menu.

Date of visit: June 2017
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1  Thank SF-Ranger
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoying the full charm of Basel while having some French taste on your plate - excellent combination; especially in summer, under their yard's huge trees! Ask the waiter(s) about the meaning of the restaurant's name (unless you are a French speaker and/or a jargon master) - you'd like the story ;)

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank AlinkaPadu
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