3 October 2014


 October 3, 2014

We dined here on the recommendation of friends who live in the area (who also happen to appreciate good food) and it is one of their favorite local spots. We were staying in Montreux but getting to L’Olivier in La Tour-de-Peilz  could not be easier.  The restaurant is located in the Hostellerie Bon Rivage a lovely small hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva.

When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and given a table for two on the terrace with what had to be one of the most amazing views of Lake Geneva. The sun was beginning to set and the setting quickly became quite magical. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating but the terrace affords spectacular views that are paired with equally as spectacular food. The terrace overlooks the marina, a lovely garden complete with fruit trees, and a long stretch of Lake Geneva.

The first thing I noticed about the menu was the notation that all items can be made gluten-free. As a traveler with Celiac disease this was truly wonderful to see — not to mention the staff were very well versed in the menu and able to offer-up the perfect recommendations. We started with cocktails to take in the view as we looked through the menu. The first thing you notice is that the dishes are all made with locally sourced ingredients. While the dishes appear simply at first glance you soon realize that they have creative twists that add a level of complexity to them without being the slightest bit pretentious.

We both started with the salad from their garden with fresh and grilled vegetables, ricotta mousse and cured ham. It was in a word, amazing. The freshness of the lettuce straight from their garden paired with both fresh and grilled vegetables gave a nice contrast in texture. A very light perfectly balanced vinaigrette blanketed the salad greens and the addition of the cured ham added just the right amount of salt to the dish.

When we wanted to switch to wine for dinner (after several perfectly mixed cocktails) the waiter actually recommended a different one than we had selected because it would be better suited to our taste preference — and of course he was absolutely right.

For the main course I had the honey glazed duck supreme accompanied by pan seared foie gras with summer vegetables and lavender sauce. This was truly an amazing dish. The duck was cooked perfectly medium and was a very large breast placed atop a bed of brown rice paired with a very nice mix of seasonal vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, green beans, etc.). The sauce was flavorful but not overpowering and the subtle floral notes of lavender perfectly complemented the rich flavor of the duck. Perhaps the pièce de résistance was the wonderfully buttery foie gras that completely took this dish to another level. My partner had the roasted beef fillet served with potatoes and Parmesan gnocchi, chanterelles, and vegetables in a thyme sauce. The meat was cooked perfectly and the presentation beautiful.

For dessert I had what was quite possibly one of the most amazing gluten-free desserts I have ever had anywhere in the world. A warm chocolate soufflé that had the most gorgeous liquid center paired with local artisanal ice cream and a small fresh fruit salad.

Everything about our experience was prefect. The location cannot be beat, the service is truly top notch, and the food is among the best you will find in the area. It is easy to see why this is a favorite with locals as it fast became one of ours and we look forward to going back during our next visit.

Restaurant L’Olivier
Hostellerie Bon Rivage
Route de St Maurice 18
1814 La Tour-de-Peilz
+41 (0)21 977 07 07

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