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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Great accidental find while looking for lunch in Lausanne. Looked like a family business and the owner was also talking with customers. The lamb chops were good, but the chicken was excellent, very tender and very flavored from the lemon and herbs it was stuffed...with. Dessert was also great, it had a very nutty flavor to the chocolate.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 July 2023 via mobile

Delicious food and service with a smile despite it being crazily busy. We shared the ravioli starter, followed by filet mignon and sea bream then creme brûlée for dessert. Every bite was flavoursome and dishes beautifully presented. Worth every CHF

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 June 2023 via mobile

Amazing Swiss-Franc home cooking. I had the paccheri followed by rhubarb crumble with violet ice cream. Like Arnie, I'll be back!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2022 via mobile

Historical place in old town in Lausanne. Can get pretty crowded, serves typical local food at excellent price and consequent price

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 21 July 2022

A restaurant located right in the centre under the steps leading to the cathedral. It has a small but well-run space outside, pleasant even though it is on the side of the road. Good range of food and especially well cooked and presented dishes. High...price, normal for SwitzerlandMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 19 July 2022

This restaurant is located in amazingly beautiful location a little below the base of the cathedral with great views of old Lausanne. It is super busy so reservations are highly advised. The service was very friendly and the waiters were able to converse in multiple...languages. The food was excellent from appetizers to main plates to desserts with elegant presentations. There are some very good wine selections, including Swiss, French, and Italian wines. We had a very enjoyable meal despite the unusual summer heat. There is seating outside with most tables in the shade.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022 via mobile

Great food and very nice people. Had very good fondue and very good fillet de perch. Everyone other than us were locals that came for Fri dinner

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022

We stumbled upon the place quite by chance and went in because it looked cosy on that rainy, chilly day. The food was absolutely great and a huge thanks to Patricia for taking care of us beyond the call of duty (specifically letting us sample...various wines as she sensed our special interest), and ultimetely gifting us an umbrella to get back to our car, which was not close. Wonderful experience and last - and one of our favorite - meals in Switzerland,More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 February 2022 via mobile

If I am counting correctly this was my sixth visit to this place within the past two years. To me this restaurant is one of the hidden gems of Lausanne gastronomy. Located underneath the cathedral, and easily accessible from Place de la Riponne (Metro/Parking) the...restaurant looks very traditional from the outside, but gives an idea of the food experience when entering the beautifully designed newer part of the restaurant. The menu offers seasonal specialties and all-season classics, plus a daily changing lunch menu. This time I started with ravioli with black truffles, followed by a perfectly fried loup-de-mer with caviar and black rice. Desserts were all very tempting, but I was already quite full, so I decided to go for delicious artisanal ice cream and sorbet. The whole experience was accompanied by a 2015 “Il Borro” from Tuscany. Dishes can be pricey, the loup-de-mer was CHF 69, which can easily explained by the generous amount of caviar. My wife had chosen the ravioli with white truffles from the lunch menu, which came with the choice of the soup of the day or a mixed salad. We had a friend with us, who picked the very tender pork knuckle from the lunch menu. Both lunch suggestions were absolutely delicious as well, and are a very good option if you like to watch your budget. Service was very attentive, fast and friendly (and if this matters to you: she spoke fluent German). Overall, another experience that makes me already thinking of my next visit to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 18 October 2020

We dined here on a busy Friday evening. We received a call 4 days before our visit to be told our previously 7.45 booking had to be changed to either 6.30 or 9.00 since we were told they only do 2 sittings. We agreed to...arrive at 8.30 but there was no indication whatsoever the restaurant was operating on such a fixed time system. With that out of the way we enjoyed our food from start to finish. As a main we had Cote de Boeuf and whilst expensive, it was nicely presented and was delicious. Staff were nice...I do wish the guy who comes around to check everything is okay would pull his mask up from his chin!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 29 September 2020

We had a booking for 2 persons.basically while I visit Lausanne I try to come this charming place to get food. The snail was very good.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 29 August 2020 via mobile

Charming restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious dinner on the terrace. The welcome is very warm and we spent a great moment three. All dishes we ordered were perfectly cooked and super tasty. We would definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for a place...to eat a mastered traditional cuisine, including fish and meat. We saw a touch of Italy in the menu with some dishes made of fresh pasta ;-) Finally the price was 100% aligned with the food quality we got.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

I usually don’t order beef in Switzerland since it’s outrageously expensive, but there was so much meat on the menu I had to give it a shot - I was NOT disappointed - super high quality beef, and an amazing sauce as well The wait...staff was super nice and friendly - that’s not typical Swiss service! I’ll def come back hereMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 16 December 2019

So the entire family went to this charming restaurant to celebrate a graduation. The service was incredible. The charming lights and table dressing was perfect. The waiters were very good and everything was brought at the perfect time. I have so picky eaters with different...diets and they provided more vegetables in exchange for no fries and explained how the food was made. It was really one of the best quality service I had. Not to mention the food. I have the Cote de boeuf to share with my father and it was to die for. The cocking, sauce, vegetables and potatoes were perfect. We eat and drank some fantastic wine. It really was a nice family evening in a high end quality restaurant. They then gave use each a free drink at the bar Giraf above which was appreciated. We ended up getting that drink and enjoying another atmosphere of music and bar.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 14 December 2019

Warm Welcoming! Very professional service Perfect food, presentation, cooking, test . Good value for money! We have been several times and always have very pleasant experience, until... we met the owner He came for cash out, we tried to have some verbal exchanges, without respond....And finally no goodbye. A little bit sad and cold. Hopefully the staff is so professional and food very gustatives that we will come back again!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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