I am spending a good week in Les Diablerets for a conference, and today was the first day. I have been here for the same conference four years ago and eight years ago. It was a nice surprise to discover that there is a new restaurant in "town", so it had to be tried. With 13 points on the Gault & Millaut scale this means that this ought to be a serious restaurant, or what I usually call a professional restaurant, which means a place where they take food seriously. And this certainly is such a place.
The welcome was very nice and the owner speaks excellent English. Well, he actually went to college in the US, so that explains his nice and neutral American accent. He had time to sit down with us and explain his food making philosophy. It felt like being invited to the home of a friend. A very friendly experience.
The amuse-bouche consisted of spinach and tomato with a slice of hard cheese served on a small, crispy piece of baguette.
For starter I had the sea trout (truite saumonée) with raw vegetables. Not only was it fresh as the ocean itself, it was also really plentiful. They call it antipasto, but this is a pretty generous antipasto.
For the main I had a red snapper with various vegetables (see photo). It was incredibly neatly presented. It looked like it had been assembled by the hands of a small child. It came with a delicious safran sauce. I had a powerful wine from Sardinia (Vermentino), a wine that they serve by the glass. 5 CHF for a glass is not bad at all.
My colleague had a spinach salad with tomme cheese from Valle d'Aosta as antipasto and a veal tournedos as a main course. Both very tasty.
All this food, a bottle of water, two glasses of wine and a coffe resulted in bill of 182 CHF. Not the cheapest in town, but you get what you pay for. I think there is no doubt that this is the best restaurant in Les Diablerets and probably well beyond that.
All in all an unforgettable experience and I can recommend this to anyone who wants to experience advanced Italian cuisine, which means: This is not where you go if you think that Italian food = Pizza or spaghetti bolgnonese. And as the owner has commented as a reply to some of the reviews here: This is not a bar, it is not a tea house, it is not a coffee shop. It is a restaurant. I can add: It is a restaurant for people who know how to appreciate the art of good cooking. Bon appétit!
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