La Fleur de Lys, Gruyere, Fribourg
Sunny saturday, no plans, what could be better than taking a train to the beautiful village of Gruyere and going for a nice lunch. The La Fleur de Lys was the goal of our outing. We reserved a nice table on the sunny deck out back with a view of the chateau. To match the white wine a small plate of meat and gruyere cheese was ordered. Rustic and typical gruyere, nothing to shatter or undermine any normal expectation. Staying with the cheesy theme, a nice gruyere tarte was presented which had a nice tangy taste. The main course was a tricky beast. Charbonnade with different sauces was served with the obvious hot coal fuelled stove to cook your meat on. Now this is great indoors, but unfortunately has a drawback outside. If it’s windy, you’ll be covered in ashes. The Fleur de Lys is a nice place for a lunch if it’s sunny on the outdoor deck, just stay away from Charbonnade during gales. The only downside is the sloppy service, yes they’re all french swiss here (aka russians in the swiss army) but some responsiveness higher than a sleepy snail wouldn’t hurt.