There is a well versed expression in gastronomy that dictates that ´you first eat with your eyes.´ If this is the case, then the majestic vistas that Lausanne affords its explorers with will have their appetites whetted for a range of stylish sustenance. The city is home to dozens of interesting eateries. From the historic Pinte Bresson with its famous fondues to Tout Un Monde with its contemporary / classic offerings of chicken oysters. Some of the best restaurants and lake views can be found in and around the area of Ouchy, a former fishing and goods exchange port which lies at the bottom of the city and is home to a certain Michelin star restaurant.
One such important landmark that offers this revered gourmet experience, sits on the shores of Lake Geneva. The 12th century Neo-Gothic Château d’Ouchy bears a rich heritage of nobility and history, alongside a breath taking view of the Alps and all the natural surrounding tranquillity. Originally planned to be a fortress, the historical dungeon tower facade was built in 1177 by Bishop Landry de Durnes, before being extended by Bishop Guillaume de Champvent one century on. Fast forward to more present times, the Château became a hotel residence during the 19th century and was modernised by Lausanne architect Francis Isoz.
The Château combines the facilities of a 50 roomed hotel which has a fairy tale atmosphere. Complementing this is a fully equipped pool and spa facility, contemporary lounge and wine bar plus an exemplary Michelin star rated restaurant ´The Waterfront´ which spills out onto an imposing Lakeside Terrace commanding unrivalled views of Lac Leman which are an enchanting way to enjoy its Mediterranean inspired cuisine.
Nestled within a maritime cove, the restaurant and its exterior terrace are the quintessential place to enjoy the creative, fusion cuisine. Sourcing sun drenched Mediterranean and regional products, The Waterfront´s eatables are sure to impress even the most sagacious palates taste buds with an eclectic marriage of ingredients. A well balanced seasonal menu with all the local fares of vegetables, wild fish, farmhouse meats, traditional cheeses, ice creams and fruit based deserts which are all sourced from small, independent suppliers as a nod to the heritage and sustainability ethic of Switzerland as a country.
As all produce is fresh and seasonal, the The Waterfront´s menu changes in response to the fat of the land. The hearty winter specials have recently made way for a lighter, more summer inspired menu of daily specials with mouth-watering seasonal choices such as Perch Meunière fresh 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 sauce and vegetables and a Seabream tartar with thaï mango, crispy ginger & crispy salad.
A well stocked wine list featuring some excellent local labels takes care of evening refreshments before, during and after the meal for the perfect ending to any evening. Whatever your views on international cuisine or fine dining are, one thing´s for certain. With Chateau d´Ouchy, food has never been more fashionable.
Flexible opening times of (7am to 10.30am for breakfast) 12pm – 2pm and 7pm – 10pm mean that all summer al-fresco feasts are taken care of, just as long as you book in advance.
- Website: www.chateaudouchy.ch/uk/
- Address: Hotel Le Chateau d’Ouchy, Place du Port, 1006 CH Lausanne, Switzerland
- Phone: +41 21 331 32 32