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5. January 2014: Restaurant Lapin @ Hotel De la Paix

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Bailliage de Lucerne lunch (CHF 56.00) started with three different amuse bouches – tuna tartare, chicken breast mousse and chicken wings with hot dip which were all fine – my personal favourite were the chicken wings though as they were nicely crunchy and at the same time the sauce provided it with the necessary spiciness.


The first course was “poached whitefish folded around spinach leaves with saffron sauce and dry rice” – the whitefish around the spinach leaves was somehow a bit dull but the saffron sauce was great. The rice was definitely a bit too crunchy – I mean, it is okay when you can somehow still feel the crunchiness but it was too cruncyh.


The main course was a “crowned veal roast” which was already interesting to look at when presented and smelled even better …


… it was served with “au gratin potatoes and root vegetables with strong red wine jus”. The meat was nicely pink and extremely tender and smooth. The strong red wine jus was aromatic and perfectly fit with the meat but the taste of rosemary was a bit too intense and almost overwhelming the tender and smooth meat. The root vegetables were fine but not really root vegetables.


The “dessert surprise” consisted of “homemade gingerbread, pear honey parfait, a red wine pear and white chocolate mousse with rum”. The pear honey parfait was nicely smooth, the white chocolate mousse was very fine and the homemade gingerbread was good too but the outside crust was a bit too thick and dry.


To the coffee, small “King’s Cake” was served which was the perfect ending of quite an average meal where only the meat was outstanding. The place itself is quite traditional and has its own charme but is not entirely to my gusto.


The service is very friendly but there is definitely room for improvement – when we changed from white to red wine the waitress asked if we wanted to keep the same glasses or if we wanted them changed. I mean, okay, generally one can probably ask that as the same type of glasses were used for white as well as red wine but then again one just should not ask something like that.



Overall, the Restaurant Lapin is okay – the interior is not entirely to my taste, the service has room for improvement and the dishes are okay – but given what you pay for the lunch it is more than okay. The prices are also quite fine for the beverages (water 1L, CHF 8.50; double espresso CHF 5.40). To be entirely honest, not my favourite Chaîne des Rôtisseurs experience so far.


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Contact Details:

Restaurant Lapin @ Hotel De la Paix

Museggstrasse 2

6004 Lucerne (CH)

Tel.: +41 41 418 80 00

Fax: +41 41 418 80 90

E-Mail: hotel@ambassador.ch

Homepage: http://www.de-la-paix.ch

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
CHF 175.00 (incl. tip) Filed in: Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Luzern (CH), Restaurants

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