Review: La Table d’Edgard at Lausanne Palace

Review: La Table d'Edgard at Lausanne Palace & Spa

 

La Table d'Edgard is the 1 Michelin Star Restaurant at the Lausanne Palace & Spa hotel, and was easily one of, if not the best dinner I enjoyed in Switzerland on a recent week-long trip. Chef Edgard Bovier is a native of Valais, a southwestern Swiss canton that borders France and includes the ski resort town of Zermatt.

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La Table d'Edgard Location and Hours

La Table d'Edgard is located in the Lausanne Palace & Spa, at 7-9 Rue du Grand Chene, and is open Tuesday to Friday for lunch from 12noon to 2pm and dinner 7pm-10pm, and for dinner on Saturday from 7pm-10pm. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

 

La Table d'Edgard Menu and Food

Given that this is a Michelin star restaurant in Switzerland, as you'd expect, the a la carte menu prices are on the high side, with starters in the CHF 40-50 range and main courses in the CHF 60-70 range. There is also a 3-course prix fixe lunch menu for CHF 78, which includes coffee and changes weekly, and a signature 6-course menu for CHF 185.

La Table d'Edgard A La Carte Menu

La Table d'Edgard A La Carte Menu

La Table d'Edgard Lunch Menu and Prix Fixe Menu

 

We had a special menu for our group, with matching wines, as follows:

La Table d'Edgard Special Dinner Menu

La Table d'Edgard Wine Pairing Menu

 

With our preprandial champagne, we enjoyed a couple of different amuse bouche, with the definite favorite the mushroom, which was infused with some truffle.

Amuse Bouche, La Table d'Edgard Review

 

In the private dining room, with beautiful rose bouquets on the table, we were first served an appetizer of Sea Bream Carpaccio, with Sea Urchin and Pistachios. The restaurant's menu features a this dish using scallop carpaccio, but the sea bream version was fantastic, a fresh canvas for the interplay of flavors and textures from the herbs, tomato, sea urchin, pistachio, and Ligurian extra virgin olive oil.

Sea Bream Carpaccio, La Table d'Edgard Review

 

The braised calamari that followed, while perhaps more classically Mediterranean and not as creative, was just as delicious. Tender calamari was complemented with the piquant tapenade tart and fresh pesto drizzled atop.

Braised Calamari, La Table d'Edgard Review

 

Limousin, France is well known for the quality of its lamb and other meats, and our third course featured Limousin lamb with stuffed vegetables. The taste and quality were impeccable, although the meat was not quite as tender as I'd have hoped.

Limousin Lamb, La Table d'Edgard Review, Lausanne

 

Switzerland is well known for its cheeses, so the cheese course was a particular highlight, accompanied by Sicilian green tomato jam.

Fresh and Matured Cheeses, La Table d'Edgard Review, Lausanne

 

As befits a Mediterranean menu, dessert was fruit based, with a pine nut parfait accented by roasted apricots. Roasting is a great way to deepen fruit (or vegetable) flavors, and apricot is one of the last truly seasonal fruits, so I particularly enjoyed the apricots in this course.

Pine Nut Parfait with Roasted Apricots Dessert, La Table d'Edgard Review

 

As much as I love dessert, I unfortunately had no room for the attractively displayed mignardises. Some of my fellow diners tried them, however, and pronounced the mini eclairs especially delicious.

Mignardises, La Table d'Edgard Review, Lausanne

 

The Verdict

This was my personal favorite dinner in Switzerland, for the quality and creativity of the dishes, service, and overall atmosphere. While I wouldn't have personally sprung for the wine pairing, La Table d'Edgard is well known for its wine cellar and oenophiles will likely want to indulge here.

Highlights for me were the mushroom amuse bouche, Sea Bream Carpaccio with Sea Urchin and Pistachio (a variation of the Scallop Carpaccio starter on the menu), the braised octopus, the cheese plate, and the roasted apricots. The Limousin lamb, while very tasty, wasn't quite as tender as I'd have liked. I didn't have room for the mignardises, but heard from others that they were excellent.

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Disclosure: I was a guest of La Table d'Edgard as part of a Virtuoso study trip and enjoyed a complimentary dinner; however, I have paid for similar Michelin star meals and have reviewed it as if I paid for it.

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