I have been staying at Le Montreux Palace every year for more than a decade. It remains the grande dame of Montreux and has managed to remain relevant over the years — constantly evolving with the times but still remaining true to its roots. It is the perfect balance of original touches that are complemented by modern amenities and flawless service that keep the Palace among the finest hotels in the world.
Over the years, as part of Fairmont Hotels, the hotel has remained at the forefront of catering to guests with special dietary needs as well — offering a range of options via Fairmont’s Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus. Yet, the Palace has consistently stayed ahead of the curve on the gluten-free front, offering an ever increasing number of options and never shying away from a special request.
I have covered all of the Palace’s restaurants and bars over the years and it is no secret that perhaps my favorite spot is La Palmeraie — the hotel’s breakfast room. It is hands-down the most decadent gluten-free breakfast I have come across and the staff always provide a selection of gluten-free items for me to enjoy every year. Of course my favorites are the gluten-free croissants and pain au chocolat which I look forward to every year.
The hotel also features MPs Grill (previous review), La Terrasse du Petit Palais (open during the summer months), Montreux Jazz Café (previous review) and Funky Claude’s (previously the Montreux outpost of the famed Harry’s New York Bar). Again, over the years I have eaten at them all and my most recent visit this year was no different as I revisited some of my favorite dining outlets at the hotel.
The lovely MP’s Grill is a relatively new addition to the hotel and I have been dining there since the beginning. It has continued to evolve and the service has now been perfected to provide a wonderfully consistent dining experience.
During my most recent visit, I started with the asparagus and truffles soup which was a decadently creamy base of cold asparagus cream with a lemon zest yogurt and a healthy helping of truffle shavings. It was a refreshing twist on one of my favorite soups and the addition of the lemon zest yogurt added a tangy kick to the mellow asparagus base. Of course you can’t go wrong with truffles and their rich, earthy notes rounded out this dish.
MP’s is known for its steaks and my favorite is their Gourmet Swiss Beef Grand Cru, which is aged 35 days and always cooked to perfection. It is served with a selection of sauce options but I always stick with the Chimichurri sauce which is a personal favorite.
No meal would be complete without dessert and I decided to try their take on crème brûlée made gluten-free without the cookie surrounding it. It is served with raspberry sorbet coated in a raspberry glaze and watermelon squares with a jelly on the side. Not only was it delicious but the presentation was truly beautiful.
Terrasse du Petit Palais
In the warmer weather months the Terrasse du Petit Palais, located just across the street from the main hotel is the place to enjoy a cocktail and dinner (or lunch) on the expansive terrace overlooking Lake Geneva. My favorite time to visit is about a half our or so before sunset so you can enjoy the light show as the sun sets over the Lake.
I rarely eat regular fish given my shellfish allergy (as cross-contamination is always front of mind and given my anaphylaxis reaction, I only order only in restaurants I have been to before and trust) but was in the mood for risotto and there was a lemon and fresh basil version on offer that was topped with red mullet fillets. It did not disappoint the fish was moist and succulent and the risotto perfectly cooked. I also love that warm gluten-free rolls are offered at the start of the meal (and this is true of all the dining outlets at the Palace). A large salad of fresh greens, asparagus and multi-colored tomatoes dressed in a lovely mustard vinaigrette was the perfect accompaniment, rounding out this meal.
Montreux Jazz Café
Another go-to on each visit is the Montreux Jazz Café — located just off the lobby on the main floor of the hotel. We typically visit for a quick meal and after our arrival this trip popped-in for a quick lunch. Their Caesar salad is truly among the best I have come across in all my travels. Crisp, fresh greens are tossed with the most amazing dressing that is everything a Caesar should be — slightly tangy from grated cheese with peppery notes and a hint of anchovy. Once again, it is served with a gluten-free rolls and a selection of flavored butters.
Le Montreux Palace is the address in Montreux and is a five star gem on the shores of Lake Geneva. The staff are at the top of their game and go out of their way to make their guests feel welcome and well looked after. After many years of visits with the same faces throughout the hotel is a testament to
Le Montreux Palace
Av. Claude-Nobs 2
1820 Montreux, Switzerland
Phone:+41 21 962 12 12