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Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, Crissier

To continue our quest for gastronomique food, Kit and I decided to go to the famous restaurant of the three star michelin Swiss chef, Philippe Rochat, during our last spring vacation.

At the time, the only two 3 michelin-starred restaurants in Switzerland were Le Pont de Brent of Chef Gérard Rabaey and this. So we thought we really ought to try Philippe Rochat’s dishes.

We were warmly welcomed by the staff when we arrived. The restaurant had a very classic decor. We were seated at a much quieter area of the hall, which we very much appreciated since there was a huge group of Japanese that were quite too loud on the other side. I also liked the fact that the menu they gave to women did not indicate the price of the plates.

As usual, Kit and I chose the grand menu which consisted of eleven plates. You could probably say we were being greedy and gluttonous, but in our defense, big menus like this normally came in small portions that allowed us to discover as much delicious food in one visit.

We took a glass of Chasselas white wine for apéritif and it complimented our amuse bouche quite well.

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Amuse bouche

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These crackers paired with cheese, salmon eggs and herbs were delightful. We thought we were off to a good start.

Since our menu had seafood and meat, Kit and I picked a bottle of red wine that would go well with both. We are such a sucker for Bourgogne wines, so we chose Morey St. Denis 2007, Domaine des Lambrays 1er Cru.

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The amuse bouch was then followed by Homard with petits pois

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Kit and I adored this plate.. It was very tasty and light!

The next plate was asparagus and prosciutto in some creamy sauce

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This plate was just okay.. Too creamy for our taste.

Now off to the next plate.. Fish (can’t remember anymore which type, sorry) with sweet and sour sauce (if I remember correctly).

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The fish was cooked perfectly. At this point, we started to notice their portions were bigger than at Le Pont de Brent. We had to ask the waiters to tone down the pace in delivering food to our table a little bit, so we could have some time to digest and breathe in between.

What I also liked about this restaurant was their huge and elegant smoker’s room on the second floor. Kit does not smoke, but I do.. and with meals like this, a cigarette break for me was necessary.

Anyway, the plate that came after the pause was frog legs..

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We pretty much enjoyed this except for the sauce.. Again too heavy and creamy.

Now the main course.. Ris de veau

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Unfortunately, I was not able to finish this plate and Kit either. It was fine, but not that good that we’d want to finish the rest of it.

For dessert we had cheese, passion fruit and mango sorbet and another one that I don’t remember anymore.. Plus les mignardises…

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Overall, we were kind of disappointed. More likely because we had high expectations and they were not met. The service was perfect.. Too perfect actually that it seemed robotic. It just lacked some personal touch.

Would we go back again?!? Maybe! But in the mean time, we have other restaurants on our list.

Restaurant Philippe Rochat

Rue d’Yverdon 1
CH-1023 Crissier (VD)
Suisse

Tel: +41 21 634 05 05
Web: http://www.philippe-rochat.ch

 

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Anne Sophie Pic, Lausanne

For Kit’s birthday last April, I decided to surprise him by booking a table at this 2 star michelin restaurant.

Since we have already tried one and three star michelin restaurants, I thought it would be good to try a 2 star to be able to make some comparisons.

The fact that Anne Sophie Pic was awarded and recognized as the world’s best female chef by S. Pellegrino made me think that her creations was well worth a try.

So I had informed ASP’s staff a week before our booking that it was Kit’s birthday and asked them if they could make a small chocolate cake. I mentioned that Kit hated cream so it would be best if they did not put any in the cake.

The day of our reservation came.. We ordered the Pic collection menu .. Amuse bouche came et voila.. They changed the assortment of Kit’s amuse bouche because the usual ones had cream. It was very thoughtful of them to remember, I was impressed! My gucci handbag had a VIP treatment as well.. A tiny chair was allocated for it.

Below are some of the photos of the food we ordered…

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Amuse bouche

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Les petits pois et le caviar d’aquitaine

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Le gratin de queues d’écrevisses

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Le bar de ligne au caviar d’aquitaine

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Le classique tounedos de boeuf et le fois gras

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Their cheese trolley was awesome!

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paired with their freshly baked olive bread, honey and walnuts.. Yummy!!!

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Le soufflé chaud au grand marnier

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This cake was just heaven!

Special thanks to ASP and the whole team. We had such a great time celebrating Kit’s birthday there.

Anne Sophie Pic/Beau Rivage Palace

Place du port 17-19
CH-1000 Lausanne

Tel: +41 21 613 3333
Web: http://www.brp.ch

 

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Des Trois Tours (1 Michelin Star)

For our pre-christmas 2010 celebration, Kit and I decided to go to one of the two 1 star michelin restaurants in Fribourg, Des Trois Tours, owned and run by Chef Alain Báchler.

We ordered the menu du marché which consisted of 8 plates in total.

Here are some of the photos…

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Le Pont de Brent (3 Michelin Star)

It was in December 2010 when we dined in at this famous restaurant. We were lucky enough to get a table just before the Swiss legendary chef, Gerard Rabaey, retired.

Unfortunately, we do not remember the name of the plates anymore. How we wish we had taken notes back then.. Nevertheless, we have kept the mouth-watering photos of the plates that we had.

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