La Chasse est arrivée! It’s game season in Switzerland, and « la chasse » is French for the hunt. All over French-speaking Switzerland, you’ll see signs, menus, and banners to announce that the chasse has arrived. Depending on where you are and how hard you hunt, you can find venison, boar, pheasant, elk, and wild mushrooms.
It’s not always local (a lot of venison comes from Austria and we’ve seen elk from Sweden), but you can often find a few gems where the menu depends on what the local hunters bring to the restaurant to sell. A few of our favorite places to enjoy the chasse season include :
Auberge de l’Abbaye de Montheron
Auberge de l’Abbaye is located just north of Lausanne. Everything they serve is incredible and local, but the tableside saddle of venison is FOMO-inducing. Don’t miss their small production and natural wine list.
Six Communes in Môtiers
Six Communes is located in the town known for absinth, near Neuchatel. It was recently taken over by a new team, is serving creative twists on traditional chasse dishes. You can find pheasant, elk, venison, and local trout.
Get Recipe: Squash and Gruyere Soup from Six Communes
The Kulm’s Chesa al Parc in St Moritz
Le Resto by Hostellerie du Chateau in Rolle
Le Resto in Rolle serves chevreuil with herbed butter that you cook yourself at the table over a flame in a copper pan.
Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz
Undoubtedly the most “see and be seen” hotel in St. Moritz is Badrutt’s Palace. This venison is served in one of the most glamourous of settings.