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“Traditional Local Fare in a Quaint Ol' Setting”
Review of Pinte Besson

Pinte Besson
Ranked #26 of 781 Restaurants in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Swiss
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Good fondue, decent service and a quaint setting like eating in a wine cellar. The meringue & gruyeres cream dessert wasn't as good as Cafe du Midi's at Fribourg. Water pitcher at SFr9 was a tad pricey. Experience eating here once is good enough.

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Reviewed 27 July 2018

Having viewed the images on this review we decided to give it a go, assuming that ££-£££ couldn't possibly be that expensive. As our French is a little rusty and our waitress spoke even less English, we went with the more pricey of the two set menus and hoped for the best. Between us this amounted to €84, plus we bought drinks and of course the obligatory thimbles of bottled water before you remember that "une carafe d’eau" is how you get your hands on tap water in French-speaking Europe. The view was pleasant and very central, the staff were very friendly, the flavours of the food were all sumptuous, the decor was classic. No complaints in general. However, what did we get for our €84? The starter was a platter of cured meats and bread without spread (traditionally from a town in Switzerland ... not sure they invented that one). It may be a classic there, but it is a classic in many places around the world and usually better too so wasn't very impressed by that. The main course was a Le Creuset saucepan of melted cheese (this is probably their secret recipe, it's lovely but again... it's a dime-a-dozen fondou!). The platter of meats were removed and replaced with the pan. That was it, the entire main course, was a saucepan of cheese. Finally, desert was two meringues and a pot of cream. Literally... cream and meringue. And one strawerry cut in half and two raspberries. Half way through we had to give up to keep our monthly sugar intakes in line! Four hours later and six bottles of water down, I'm still drinking. So too salty, devoid of anything vaguely healthy and all together entirely uninspired. Which is a total shame, because the images here clearly indicate some very tasty looking dishes, but unfortunately their set menu was not that. I'm not saying don't go, but for your own sake be more careful with the menu than we were because for €120 back home in London I could have done far better than this.

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Thank Harry J
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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

The food is ok but is significantly overpriced and they will only offer wine by the bottle not glass. You will also be offered water to share and this will be over 9chf (unknown until given the bill)! Surely tap water would be fine? Very disappointing and feels like a tourist trap due to the building and history rather than food. In a nutshell, the dishes are around 25 chf for a rosti with pickled onions!

Thank kittyomnom
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Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed the food with friends on the cozy terrace with the nice view (yet close to the street, which is not a surprise). We ordered example of local food, “Croute au Fromage, Jambon et Aeuf au plat” which is “Cheese crust with ham and fried eggs”. Didn’t left hungry at all. :)

Thank Deni M
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

This is a very old establishment. Their fondue is very good, but there are many other local specialties. One of my favorites is their cold meat platter. My favorite meat is Viande Sechee, or dried beef (at least I think it is beef), literally dried meat. It comes with good bread, and it is delicious. Other meat platters include various local cold cuts and the one with ham is very good.
I used to come here 40 years ago, when the place was filled with old men, some of which started drinking in the morning. Now the clientele is a bit more upscale, but the food is consistently wonderful and simple.

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