I read about this place during my research into good food in Lausanne. Although initially my reason for choosing this place was because of its locality. It is on the south side (downhill) of the main train station and the Grancy Metro station is just right next to it. Since it was within walking distance, we dropped by at 7pm without any reservations.
Reservations? This is still a new concept for us. Unless for certain parties and celebrations, we seldom resort to booking for a place at the local diner/restaurant back home. Usually, the shopowner would go all out into getting a place for us but not so over here. If the place is booked, then so be it, even though there are empty tables staring back at you.
Enough about that, we didn’t reserve a place but we got seated anyway. So all is fine. So far so good.
The decor can be considered as chic, catered towards Gen-X, such as the wife and I. A bookcase divides the bar from the sitting area and it’s full of good reads. I saw a couple of titles there, unfortunately they were in French. Not only that, they have a selection of board games too, I tried looking for Settlers of Catan but I think someone was playing it already.
If that wasn’t enough proof of the restaurant’s laid back attitude, check out the names behind your chairs. I was seated on Van Helsing’s spot, there’s Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Lee, Al Pacino and a few more famous names.
Food wise? It was superb. The prices can be exorbitant but then what isn’t in Switzerland. Just empty your wallets and enjoy your meal here. No one is in a rush as can be seen with the books and board games. We saw two families of four that were together and they took two to three hours to finish their dinner. They played boardgames, went for a smoke, came back and had their dinner, went out for a smoke again before finishing it up with desserts.
Despite the heavy lunch, we ordered four dishes and two helpings of desserts. We had the créme brulée and something that had meringues in it. All in, it was a good experience and the ambience was very nice. A perfect way to end the day in Lausanne.
The price? CHF174.50 for the six of us.
Café de Grancy
Avenue Rond-Point 1