During my stay at the fabulous Lausanne Palace & Spa, I was invited to an olfactory and flavorful feast for the senses at the famous Table d’Edgard, the Michelin-starred and the newly appointed 17/20 points Gaultmillau restaurant.
Two magicians: Chef Edgar Bovier and “Nose” Roja Dove
Famous perfumer Roja Dove and chef Edgar Bovier had created a dinner in which ingredients Roja uses in his perfumes were integrated in the different courses. As you smell and taste with the same primitive part of your brain, this experienece was outstanding, causing orgasmic explosions on your tongue. I was very lucky to sit next to Roja who explained me carefully which food I had to taste first while smelling the ingredient of the perfume.
Taste: Asparagus soup with light foam / Spices and pink pepper
Smell: VETIVER – Pink pepper
Season yourself with the scent of pepper! It is all about that spicy twist.
Taste: Shrimp on a bed of rosemary-confit citruses / Bergamot jelly
Balsamic reduction / Roasted pistachio
Smell: SCANDAL pour HOMME – Bergamot
It takes 150.000 kg of the fruit to produce 1 kg oil. The best bergamot oil is one of the most luxurious products in the world.
Taste: Green pea-stuffed fresh morels / Orange jus
Smell: INNUENDO – Orris
You smell a paradox, the freshness on top and underneath the powdery. Orris is a term used for the roots Iris germanica, Iris florentina, and Iris pallida. It takes six years to make that material and it costs three times the amount of gold.
Taste: Spice-roasted sea bass / Light zucchini mash
Saffron and basil shellfish jus
Smell: DIAGHILEV – Lemon, orange and saffron.
The spice just adds warmth.
Taste: Tonka bean and ivory chocolate mousse / Macaroon finger and Madagascar vanilla ice cream
Smell: DANGER – Tonka bean and vanilla
Oriental perfumes are about tease and promise.
I hope that you have enjoyed this tasteful post. It was one of the most outstanding gourmet menus I have ever tasted.
If you are interested in the perfumes, I kindly invite you to contact the Lausanne Palace Boutique via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of Roja Dove