Eating with friends are the best. Absolutely! Good friends make a meal much more memorable, and much more enjoyable. This visit to Switzerland, I had the fortune of the company of my Italian Swiss friends...and of course, we eventually ended up at an Italian restaurant.
But not before experiencing some magical bartending at the bar of the Lausanne Palace.
Angelo, the attending barman is a sort of a legend in these parts. The bar was decorated like the set of a 1930s movie...I am almost expecting to see Hemmingway stroll into the bar and nod at Angelo for a drink...young Ernest did spend many a winter in Lausanne, and I would imagine he might have had a drink or two at this bar.
Angelo would ask you what you feel, and magically concoct up something which will soothe and suit your mood.
But it was getting late, and we were getting hungry. So off to the port of Ouchy...to a little bistro, serving home made Italian cuisine...Restaurant de la Croix Ouchy.
When we arrive...the place was jam packed...to the brim!
We thought we have had too much meats and fish, so we opted for 3 servings of carbs...two pasta and a risotto. And we did the communual thing and shared all 3 dishes. The pictures are the serving size of our individual portions...
First the pappardelle:
Beautiful, fresh prawns. Wonderful home made pasta. Al dente. Cooked perfectly.
Next, ravioli with stuffed veal
Again, magnificent. Done the traditional Italian way, the sauce was enough...but not drowning the pasta...as it should be.
But for me, the star of the evening was the risotto...
I have a soft spot for good risotto. And this one hits the spot for me. The rice was perfectly cooked...each grain absorbed the broth and was bursting with the flavours. The tomato sauce was wisely balanced...the right touch of acidity with the perfect balance of sweet and spice. And the prawns were magnificent. Really good risotto.
For me, this meal was a return to the basics in Switzerland this trip...where gastronomic indulgence was the order of the day. And perhaps its the little boy in me, but I do feel a good pasta (or noodle, or ramen) makes my day. Two thumbs up for the restaurant, and to Marco and Alex for bringing me there.
La Croix d'Ouchy
Avenue d'Ouchy 43 CH - 1006 Ouchy