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L’Alsace Restaurant Review: A favorite with business travelers, the foreign community, and well-heeled Mexicans, L’Alsace is located on the second floor of a building in the chic Polanco district. The decoration is opulent, if a bit over-the-top, with myriad mirrors, hand-painted walls, and faux nineteenth-century sconces. There is also a terrace for outdoor dining. Many come for the seafood-bar offerings, which include jumbo shrimp, crabs and snails, as well as oysters flown in from both France and Mexico’s Pacific Coast (the latter is also the source of huge “chocolate” clams, so-called because of their color). While you won’t find many surprises on the menu, you will get hearty and satisfying versions of standard French fare. Among the best appetizers are a filling onion soup au gratin, a light Swiss cheese and spinach soufflé, and Mediterranean fish soup (a slightly less elaborate bouillabaisse). If you are willing to pay a small fortune you can get lobster Thermidor here (the crustacean is flown in from Canada); other main dishes include the juicy filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce and roast duck a l’orange (crispy outside but with lusciously moist meat). True to the restaurant’s name, there are a few Alsatian dishes on the menu, the best of which is a gratifying rendition of traditional choucroute, with various cuts of pork steamed in sauerkraut. The wine list is all French and Alsatian, with few reasonably priced options.