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La Maison du Prussien

November 19, I had to pass by the office that saturday morning to submit a report that had caused me not to sleep the night before.

As soon as I arrived home, I went straight to bed. After having x amount of caffeine, I felt like I had a hangover, only not from alcohol, and it was even worse. I just wanted to get some sleep!

I woke up at about half past 16. The first thing I thought about was, “Has Kit had lunch yet?, I need to go to the grocery!, What do I cook for dinner?”. At that same moment, Kit came into the bedroom and said, “Hello, sleepyhead! Feeling better?”. I told him what I was thinking about and he replied, “how about you don’t cook dinner tonight? Let’s eat out.. Say La Table d’Edgar or this or that?“. I smiled and thought to myself, “whoa, somebody’s craving for some fancy food and wants to be pampered.”

Kit and I like going to Michelin-starred restaurants, but we normally plan it ahead of time and see if we can afford it (they’re really quite expensive), so I was quite surprised that he wanted to go to fancy restaurants all of a sudden. I was not expecting to get a table at any of those restaurants.. It was already almost 17:00, on a saturday… quite too late to make a reservation. Kit telephoned a couple of restaurants, but had no luck.. Eventually he got lucky and was given a table for 19:00 at a gastronomique restaurant ( no Michelin star ) in the neighbouring canton of Neuchatel.

The restaurant is called La Maison du Prussien. It was our first time at this restaurant. We liked the interior decor of the restaurant; the wide glass windows made it look spacious, its shade of beige and brown went well with the blue glasses on the tables. It was elegant and cozy!

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We took chasselas wine for apéritif and the waiter gave us something to nibble with our wine while looking at the menu..

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Finally, we settled for their Menu au truffe.. About 4 plates in which black truffles were incorporated in each plate. As usual, I do not remember the names of the plates anymore, so I’ll just let you have a glimpse of what we had..

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This dish was a winner; mashed potatoes with foie gras and black truffles. Super delicious!

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Camembert cheese; we thought the texture was weird, but it was fine.

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The food was awesome and the service was impeccable.. Not much of a difference compared to Michelin-starred restaurants.. We actually thought it deserved at least 1 star.

So, we returned home stuffed and happy. But earlier, while we were having dinner, Kit kept on looking at me in a weird way.. I could not figure out what it was until we were already in bed; I was half asleep when he called out “Hun?” I murmured, “yeah?”, and then he asked, “Will you marry me??

I was shocked (in a good way).. I thought I was dreaming, it seemed surreal. I realised he was acting strange the whole evening, but it did not
occur to me he’d pop that question. The last time I remember he did not want to get married, at least not
in the near future. Teary eyed and all smiles, I said “Yes!!!

And that’s what makes the restaurant La Maison du Prussien special and memorable to us.

La Maison du Prussien
Rue des Tunnels 11
2000 Neuchâtel
Tel: +41 32 730 54 54

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Daily tidbits, Restaurant reviews

 

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On Sushis and Sashimis

Sushis and sashimis are on top of our favorite foods to eat.. I have to say Kit and I are a huge fan of this Japanese creation.

Kit and I had sushi during our first date at this Japanese restaurant, Myo, in Lausanne. The food was okay, it just was not to our liking.

Anyway, when it comes to sushis and sashimis, there are three Japanese restaurants in the Suisse Romande region that we often visit:

1.) Restaurant St-Roch, Yverdon Les Bains

This restaurant may not be as fancy and classy as you’d want, but they make really good sushis and serve fresh sashimis. Funny thing is that this restaurant is owned and run by a Chinese family, so you might think it’s not authentic Japanese, right? We can assure you though that they make the food just as authentic as any Jap resto does in the region.

The service is good, not perfect; the staff is friendly and accommodating. What we like most about this restaurant is their flexibility; we can order something that is not in the menu and they make it for us. They also have the best seaweed salad and the prices are very affordable, too.

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The dragon and rainbow roll that we ordered (not listed in the menu)

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mixed sashimi

If you’re in the region, want some Japanese food, and want value for money, we definitely recommend this place.

St-Roch
Rue de Pêcheurs 8
1400 Yverdon Les Bains
Tel: +41 24 425 30 87


2.) Ichi-ban, Lausanne

If you are also an Unagi (eel), Tamago (japanese omelette), and Toro (tuna belly) lover like us, then this is the place to go.

The manager who is also the sushi chef is very nice and friendly. The restaurant has a cozy and romantic atmosphere. It is better to reserve a table especially during the weekends. The restaurant is quite small and can only accommodate a certain number of guests (definitely not more than 20 on the first floor).
Yes, this restaurant has a second floor which we believe is alloted for guests who prefer to have hot plates. We haven’t tried it yet, though.

The downside, it is more expensive than St-Roch, probably because it is situated in Lausanne. They also run out of stock (fish, crab, etc.) most of the time, so even if they have the best Toro, they might not have it when you want it.
In spite of that, we still keep on coming back.

Ichi-ban
Avenue d’Ouchy 58
1006 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 601 31 68

3.) Miyako, Lausanne

Miyako being one of the restaurants of Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne is the fanciest and the most expensive out of the three. But that doesn’t mean they serve the best food, although we can say that they have the best service compared to St-Roch and Ichiban.
Miyako is the place to go if you feel like having japanese food and pampering yourself at the same time. Reservation is advised, this restaurant is much smaller than Ichiban.

Miyako
Beau Rivage Palace
Place du Port 17-19
1000 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 613 33 33

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Restaurant reviews

 

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Italian Saturday

For those who frequent this blog, you might know now that Kit and I usually spend saturday night with friends.

Working in another canton or state during the weekdays makes it difficult for us to hang out with friends, that is why we make it a point to see them on weekends no matter how tired we are.

Last night, Kit took this bottle out from our cave for our usual saturday apéro..

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You might be wondering, a cave inside the house? Seriously?!? The answer is yes and no.. Yes, we have a cave at home and no, it’s not that kind of cave..
It’s the type where one would keep and store their bottles of wine a.k.a. wine cellar in english.

This wine belongs to our collection of Bourgogne wines. Gevrey Chambertin Les Seuvrées 2008 has a medium red colour that delivers an aroma of dark red fruits on the nose.. Soft and well-balanced taste in the mouth. Kit and I would give this wine an 8 out of 10.

After finishing the whole bottle while catching up with friends, we decided to go to this Italian restaurant called L’isola. It is situated in the neighbouring canton of Fribourg and is a good 45 minutes drive from our place, but Kit has been craving for fresh pasta and this is by far the only Italian restaurant that we know which makes fresh and home-made pastas, so wth..

For starters, Kit just ordered a mixed salad. I did not want to order an entrée at first, but their moules et vongoles avec sauce piquant (mussels and clams on spicy sauce) was rather tempting, and so I took that for my entrée.

Et voila….

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C’était complètement énorme! A gigantic plate of seafood for starters arrived. Our friend, Kristine, had to help me finish this. We really enjoyed this despite its huge portion. The mussels and clams were executed well and the jus was flavourful.

For our main course, Kit ordered the tagliatelle au noir de seiche avec tomates et gambas (squid ink tagliatelle with cherry tomatoes and shrimps)..

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The colours on this plate were so lively, the tagliatelle was cooked perfectly al dente and the shrimps were divine.

While Kit was enjoying his dish, I looked at my plate and worried that my choice would be a disappointment, because the dish looked rather pale and sad.. I ordered ravioli châtaigne au boeuf braisé avec jus à l’orange (chestnut ravioli stuffed with braised beef in orange sauce)

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Much to my surprise, this dish was actually very nice. The flavour combination of the ravioli, jus à l’orange and rucola was surprisingly wonderful.

Since I could hardly breathe anymore after I finished my dish, I did not order any desserts anymore. Meanwhile, Kit ordered soufflé au grand marnier for dessert..

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Overall, a great dining experience. L’isola may not have a michelin star, but it serves good food with good quantity and also very affordable. We’ll keep on coming back as long as we crave for freshly made pastas.

Restaurant L’isola
Rue de l’industrie 1
1700 Fribourg, Suisse
Tel: +41 26 422 24 53

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Daily tidbits, Restaurant reviews

 

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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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