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“Close to Perfection”

Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau-Rivage Palace
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Ranked #2 of 751 Restaurants in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $98 - $361
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Beau-Rivage Palace has placed Anne-Sophie Pic at the helm of the kitchens of its fine-dining restaurant. While continuing to preside over her restaurant in Valence (France), the three star Michelin chef has entrusted the realisation of her creations to Kevin Gatin. The restaurant has been awarded two stars in the Michelin guide and 18/20 in the Gault Millau.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

I had great expectations for ASP and I have to say that being extremely picky, it is not easy to find food that is close to perfect. Anne-Sophie Pic's compositions did the job! We tried the two tastings - pricy, but worth every penny - with a wine pairing. The matches were perfectly done as was the service, and the food was fantastic: creative, beautifully executed, fabulous presentation and just wonderful. As close to perfection as I have had the pleasure to experience in a very long time!

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1  Thank CariyaB
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We spend the evening at Anne-Sophie Pic at Beau-Rivage in Lausanne. We heard a lot of excellent reviews from people who went there and we were quite enthusiatic.

The arrival was exactly as one can expect for this type of restaurant. The menu itself looks quite nice and appealing but the disapointement started with the first plate.

Basically, to be fair, the execution of the menu is truly the one of a high end restaurant. However, in terms of taste, surprise and emotions, it was quite empty. The food triggered no particular feelings: it was only good, which is, in my opinion, the minimum mark one is expecting from that kind of place.

In conclusion, Anne-Sophie Pic is a little bit more expensive than her peers and she is also below in terms of mind blowing creation. Being good is really not enough for the price that is asked.

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2  Thank NicolasRoth
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We knew we were in for an interesting meal based on the small research we had done in advance of our arrival in Lausanne. We had booked to stay at the Beau-Rivage so we thought we might as well take advantage of the Michelin star rated restaurant right in the hotel.

We opted for one of the tasting menus without wine pairings, opting to chose our own wine. The wine list was overwhelming but a sommelier was soon on hand to competently guide us toward something that aligned with our region, taste and price expectations.

We found the tasting menu to be very rewarding. Delicate, nuanced flavours dominated. We were very pleased with the dining experience and lingered long enough to consume a couple of bottles of wine. The cheese board, a massive dining table on rollers covered with hundreds of cheeses was an adventure in itself.

On the issue of service - I must say that the service was technically very, very prompt and organized and efficient.

But there was a problem with the sevice in that there was a noteable undertone of tension and stress amongst several of the wait staff. This tension was often palpable, particularly in glances or signals between staff members. It was as if many (not all) of the staff were very concerned about making a mistake or misspeaking.

All in all it did not give us a favourable impression that the restaurant was a happy place to work which, in turn caused us to be less relaxed than we would have otherwise been.

Anne-Sophie Pic staff should relax a bit - we diners are not such a stuffy lot!

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Thank BigBonker
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Well, make sure that someone is trying to impress you. AND they are paying for dinner. Its a small mortgage. Be sure and bring a microscope too in order to see the food. Just prior to leaving be sure and call for room service at your hotel because you will be hungry.

Thank Mercerbabydrumondco
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Management response:Responded July 13, 2012

Dear Mercerbabydrumondco,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are sorry to read that you weren’t satisfied with the portion size, but we hope however that you enjoyed the food.
If you would like to discuss your visit in further detail, please feel free to contact us!

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Reviewed April 26, 2012

We went in summer of 2011 and the evening was mild enough to sit outside and enjoy the marvelous view on the lake. The service was impeccable and the entrees served a delight for the palate and the eye. I found Anne-Sophie Pic's cuisine very delicate and subtle, even if both foie gras and aniseed were present in 2 entrees, which I found a bit repetitive.
Ms Pic came out of the kitchen to greet us after the meal, which was pleasant.

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Thank Divehigirl
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