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Les Alliés, Rue de la Pontaise, Lausanne

Escalope de foie gras au vinaigre de framboise

Entrecôte de bœuf ,sauce béarnaise

Vacherin Mont-d'or

I’m intentionally staying murky on the details, but proper planning, a high-performing team and a cunning execution strategy led to a project being finished early. This freed us up for dinner in the lovely city of Lausanne. Some quick research led to a restaurant called Les Allies becoming the goal of our gastronomic exploration. Quite frankly the two main factors were a decent rating on Restorang and a picture showing wooden tables. The place has a very unique layout, it’s 3 rooms in different shapes and sizes which make up the restaurant, quirky and intruiging. The menu was small with roughly 10 dishes overall. My appetizer was a pan seared foie gras with salad and raspberry vinegar. I enjoyed how the fleur de sel sprinkled on the perfectly cooked goose liver gave it that extra little kick. This was a fantastic dish. The next course was an entrecote with baked potato, vegetable and Sauce Bearnaise. Nothing to complain, except that I would have enjoyed a bit more of the Sauce Bearnaise. Since we were feeling exceptionally good, we decided to treat ourselves to dessert. I opted for the Vacherin Mont-d’or with a mango chutney. I didn’t care that much for the chutney, but simply since I firmly believe with good cheese one doesn’t need anything else. The Vacherin was excellent, rich and deep in flavor and made a great end of the meal. Overall this was a good choice for getting some real feel of Lausanne, since it’s a few blocks off the beaten pack and also quite simply very good food at reasonable prices:


au Chat Noir, rue Beau-Séjour, Lausanne

Amuse bouche salade avec pulpo

Mille feuilles de tourteau à l'avocat

Artichauts soufflé glacées a la nicoise

Chop d'agneau

It’s always a difficult call – you only have a couple of days in a city and you’re looking for some interesting places. We settled on going for dinner at au Chat Noir. It’s a brasserie like interior with a lot of wood. There are no menus and you choose your dishes of a black board on the wall. It started with an amuse bouche which was a small bite of octopus on a bed of potato salad. Nice small bite, which influenced the somewhat mediterranean influence this brasserie carries. I was really looking forward to my first course a mille-feuille layered with avocado and crab. I thought the dish fell short, the avocado cream was too heavy and smothered the finer crab. This should be executed in a much more subtle manner. The next course was excellent, it was a “artichoke souffle” which was cold on top of an artichoke lower part. The a la nicoise play where the potato chips, tomatoes, olives and other tibits sprinkled across it. The slight bitter note of the artichoke went good with the other flavours. This was an imaginative and interesting dish. The lamb chops were okay, I wasn’t too fond of the starch which was in a bar shaped form. The restaurant did have a nice mix of fine-dining powerhouse and comfortable eatery, however the food overall wasn’t consitent enough to justify the 15 Gault Millau points it was sporting. Finances:


Brasserie Bavaria, Rue du Petit-Chêne, Lausanne




During a stay in Lausanne I was in desperate need of a hearty dinner and we ended up at the
Brasserie Bavaria.

I was a bit skeptical since I wasn’t aiming for german food in Lausanne, but was pleasantly surprised when I read the menu. Classic and rustic sums up the contents, with a swiss french touch. My starter was a vichysoisse which was a tad on the heavy side ,but since I was drinking beer matched it nicely. As a main course I had selected a beefsteak tartare with roeschti. Not only was the roeschti (Bern style with bacon) spot on, the tartare was a huge success. The meat was cut into recognizable small cubes and not just a mushed up brunoise you get at most places serving it. Maybe a tad more spice would have been approriate, but overall the meat was nicely featured. The reason I needed a hearty dinner in the first place, was that I had found a “critter” in my hotel room and that conjured weird images of thousands of these hiding behind the hotel room panelling. Anyone who can help identify what it is (the hotel was guessing it’s a forest insect imported by a previous customer…) let me know, current guess is it’s a german cockroach. But back to the Brasserie – prices weren’t cheap, but it reflected the proper cooking and ingredients and overall was good value for money. Facture (5 people):


Unidentified Critter (immobilized)