For the size of the town, Lausanne’s restaurant scene is upbeat and also not immune to the bobo vibe. By this we mean: an interior that mixes old and trendy with mismatching chairs, tables, cups or sofas, and obligatory wooden elements (furniture, wall and some other structure). The menu or “Today’s Specials” are preferably handwritten on slates or chalkboards. We like being outdoor, so if there isn’t a proper terrace, you are likely to find a makeshift bench hopefully with an outdoor heater next to it. You feel cozy and welcome. The watchword is unpretentious cool.
Let me tell you about my latest discovery that ticks all the bobo coolness boxes, Café Mood. The first impression as you walk in is that of an open kitchen in a countryside house. It holds a dozen tables with a back part set at a lower level. Natural light streams through big bay windows and together with the lamps create a warm cheerful ambience. So, what about the food? I went for Today’s Special. The starter was a choice of a small salad or soup of the day – I chose the chickpea and carrot soup. It had just the right consistency and seasoning, and you could discern the freshness of the ingredients. The main dish was new to me – the Spanish specialty Albondigas (meatballs) in spicy tomato sauce served on pasta and seasonal vegetables. It was gorgeously delicious – the meat was tender and omg the sauce perfectly spiced without overpowering the tomato taste. My friend had the avocado and shrimps on toast, and said it was the best he has had. I tried and agreed. The texture and taste were just right – avocado with spices mixed in and flavored with a touch of lemon, all spread over toasted whole-wheat bread with grains.
This is a Lausanne café that can hold its place in any other town. Check it out and let me what you think. I’d also love to hear your feedback on the other Blaast Places I share.
Address : Rue Beau-Séjour 15, 1003 Lausanne