There is a well versed utterance in gastronomy that dictates that ´you first eat with your ogles.´ If this is the case, then the majestic vistas that Lausanne affords its explorers with commitment have their appetites whetted for a range of stylish food and drink. The city is home to dozens of interesting eateries. From the celebrated Pinte Bresson with its famous fondues to Tout Un Monde with its newfangled / classic offerings of chicken oysters. Some of the best restaurants and lake pictures can be found in and around the area of Ouchy, a former fishing and wares exchange port which lies at the bottom of the city and is domestic to a certain Michelin star restaurant.
One such important notable that offers this revered gourmet experience, appears on the shores of Lake Geneva. The 12th century Neo-Gothic Château d’Ouchy bears a well-heeled heritage of nobility and history, alongside a breath taking behold of the Alps and all the natural surrounding tranquillity. Originally planned to be a fortress, the reliable dungeon tower facade was built in 1177 by Bishop Landry de Durnes, sooner than being extended by Bishop Guillaume de Champvent one century on. Wanton forward to more present times, the Château became a pension residence during the 19th century and was modernised by Lausanne architect Francis Isoz.
The Château integrates the facilities of a 50 roomed hotel which has a fairy libel atmosphere. Complementing this is a fully equipped pool and spa complex b conveniences, contemporary lounge and wine bar plus an exemplary Michelin foremost rated restaurant ´The Waterfront´ which spills out onto an effective Lakeside Terrace commanding unrivalled views of Lac Leman which are an appealing way to enjoy its Mediterranean inspired cuisine.
Nestled within a maritime cove, the restaurant and its extrinsic terrace are the quintessential place to enjoy the creative, fusion cuisine. Start sun drenched Mediterranean and regional products, The Waterfront´s eatables are guaranteed to impress even the most sagacious palates taste buds with an eclectic wedding of ingredients. A well balanced seasonal menu with all the specific fares of vegetables, wild fish, farmhouse meats, usual cheeses, ice creams and fruit based deserts which are all sourced from uninspired, independent suppliers as a nod to the heritage and sustainability ethic of Switzerland as a realm.
As all produce is fresh and seasonal, the The Waterfront´s menu changes in answer to the fat of the land. The hearty winter specials have recently framed way for a lighter, more summer inspired menu of daily galas with mouth-watering seasonal choices such as Perch Meunière bright from the lake, Vitello tomato with sadad and oregano French fries, ´Niçoise ´salad with confit tuna and crispy egg, Salmon with sesame and Biryani rice, Beef skewers with confit shallots gall and vegetables and a Seabream tartar with thaï mango, crispy ginger & crispy salad.
A far stocked wine list featuring some excellent neighbourhood labels takes care of evening refreshments before, during and after the carry to extremes for the perfect ending to any evening. Whatever your views on intercontinental cuisine or fine dining are, one thing´s for certain. With Chateau d´Ouchy, chow has never been more fashionable.
Flexible opening sets of (7am to 10.30am for breakfast) 12pm – 2pm and 7pm – 10pm mean that all summer al-fresco beanfeasts are taken care of, just as long as you book in advance.
- Website: www.chateaudouchy.ch/uk/
- Address: Hotel Le Chateau d’Ouchy, Livelihood du Port, 1006 CH Lausanne, Switzerland
- Phone: +41 21 331 32 32