by Jonell Galloway
The Philosophy of Fine Dining, Rudolf Steiner style, in Crissier
The Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner was the inventor of the spiritual movement anthroposophy, a kind of intuitive ethics which has thrived in Switzerland, chiefly through the Waldorf schools and through foundations and communities inspired by his teachings. This seventeenth-century castle, Le Castel, was bought by the Lausanne branch of the Rudolf Steiner Foundation in 1989.
The current community living on the grounds of Le Castel practices biodynamic farming, quite in line with Steiner’s view of humans’ relationship to the world. These products are used in the restaurant.
Restaurant de Bois Genoud “Le Castel”: gourmet, and it’s organic and biodynamic!
The Restaurant de Bois Genoud is organic and biodynamic, but don’t think that means boring. The dishes use daring combinations of ingredients as well as variations on classic themes, such as duck breast with Sechuan pepper and orange sauce, or a warm goat cheese pastry served with apple chutney, pear caramelized with honey, and orange- and ginger-flavored carrot sauce. Does that not get your taste buds going?
Wines are all organic, with an emphasis on Swiss, but a fine selection from France, Italy and Spain.
Vegetarian set menus are also available. The cheese tray is totally organic.
A full-course meal goes for CHF 63, as do the “discovery” and tasting menus, CHF 53 if you skip the starter. The seasonal menu is at CHF 68. The discovery, tasting and seasonal menus are for a minimum of ten people, and must be ordered ahead of time. It is a perfect setting for a business meeting when you’re out to impress.
Romantic evening or Valentine’s meal
If you’re looking for a romantic evening, make sure and reserve a table by the fireplace.
The Valentine’s meal will be served on 14 February at both lunch and at dinner time. A 4-course meal runs CHF 69 and a 3-course meal CHF 59. You can also request a vegetarian meal on booking.
You can view the set menu by clicking on the red line that flashes across the top of the Bois Genoud page.Restaurant de Bois Genoud, Route de Bois Genoud 36, 1023 Crissier. Tel. +41 021 648 07 07. Open every day from 08H00 to 24H00, Sunday and Monday until 18H00.
A version of this article was originally published on GenevaLunch.