Set in the « Parc de Montbenon » in an over 100 year old building, the Brasserie de Montbenon welcomes its guest with an amazing view on Lake Geneva. The restaurant with an 8 meter high ceiling reopened its doors after renovation end of 2014. The interior is contemporary, which makes a nice contrast to the historical building.
The crowd is mixed from young mums, groups of friends to couples. This creates an easy-going atmosphere, which is also reflected in the staff.
I met here with a friend on a Saturday for ladies lunch. We were lucky to get a table right at the big window front. From there you have a stunning view over the lake and the Alps, which gets even better in summer when the terrace is open!
The cuisine is traditional with a Vaudois (the canton where Lausanne is located) influence. The menu changes with the season.
I ordered a chicken cordon bleu with rosemary potatoes and vegetables. The meat was tender and the Etivaz cheese inside perfectly melted.
I really like how the Brasserie de Montbenon prepares vegetables. As you can see on the picture, they are not fully cooked but slightly steamed which keeps the flavour of the raw vegetable.
We chose a classical Swiss dessert, which can easily be shared: double cream with meringue. Simple and delicious.
My tip for your table reservation:
Ask explicitly for a table downstairs. Although the high ceiling is impressive, it creates a difficult acoustic when eating upstairs on the balcony.
My next visit:
I will already be going back here this weekend for the “2ième service” dinner organised in the course of “Lausanne à table”. The chef from the Brasserie de Montbenon and Guillaume Rainex will cook with products, which are supposed to get thrown away. If you are curious to discover the menu, don’t hesitate to follow my experience on Sunday, 17th of April on my Instagram account!