I came to have dinner to this restaurant with my sister and we both left it with a big smile on our faces. I will elaborate a bit more:
+ I spent nearly two hours on internet looking for a nice restaurant to have dinner. I wanted something a bit different, gastronomical but yet different from these fancy Michelin starred restaurants. I found this one and the comments in Trip Advisor and its website finally convinced me.
+ The place is very nice. Tables are not ostentatious, without table cloth and with minimalist deco. This might give you the impression you are not in a good gastro-restaurant, however the decoration of both dining rooms are superbly warm and cosy, so as it is their illumination. This definitely helps to improve the experience.
+ Staff and Service: Due to an ankle injury, I have to walk with my crutches. When we arrived to the restaurant, even though there was no one to greet us at the door and/or to help us with our coats, we were kindly walked to our table and without asking for it, I was quickly brought a stool with a cushion to put my leg up during the dinner. 100/100 Emilie :). Romain, I think it is his name, the sommelier, was very kind and attentive along the dinner, offering us advice on aperitifs, menu, wines,... and on top of that, he was a very nice and friendly guy and chose an excellent wine for us.
+ Food (the stuff that really matters): I would give them 85/100. The menu was:
- First Courses:
# Sticks of fois gras with rhubarb, porto caviar and madeleine ginger. (Excellent combination of flavours, and a very very delicate foie grass, but unfortunately it was a bit too cold for me, so that it did not release all the flavours in my mouth besides hurting my wheel at some point).
# Glazed sweetbreads and St-Jacques with liquorice. (The best dish without any doubt. Every piece was cooked to perfection, specially the St-Jaques... mouth watering)
- Second Course:
# Turbot with hazelnut butter and diced tomatoes and basil sauce. (It was a treat however the fish was 45-60 sec slightly overcooked and it lacked seasoning. I had to add some salt. Quality of products was superb though)
# Beef filet with verjuice, potato mousseline. (x2) (It was good but it did not speak to me. Legumes were very delicate! so as the mousseline, with the help of a generouse spoon of butter though. Meat, it was just fine, very well cooked but it lacked flavour. I think the problem was not with the cooking but with the product itself).
- Desserts: (Their pressentation was x1 Michelin Star)
# Chocolate fondant cake, lime raviole. (WOW!! So much technique here. A dish packed with lot of very well balanced flavours. The icecream was a treat so as the lime raviole, whose dough was made out of a very thin layer of some fruit... The combination of a rich and perfectly cooked chocolate fondant with these two was astonishing).
# Passion fruit ice cream with a raspberry coulis heart, espuma yogourt. (Another treat. Comparable to the previous one but with a much more acid palette of flavours. Yogourt foam was mouth watering).
All this plus two bottles of water and a bottle of a very nice red wine = 280 CHF.
I honestly do not think you can get more hours of quality cooking for this price anywhere the region. There are little things to be improved:
- Young staff lacking confidence and presence.
- Tiny cooking errors (Kitchen was very quiet = only x3 tables)
yet the future is very bright. I will come back soon, hopefully without my crutches.
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