Restaurant Stéphane Décotterd Glion

Visited in April 2022
Bewertung: none yet, Gault Millau Switzerland 18/20 points

After visiting Pont de Brent for the first time last summer, which was run by the same team, I was very surprised to hear that this restaurant had closed short after my visit. One of the menu courses then, and it was the bean salad, made it onto the list of the 10 best courses I had eaten in restaurants in 2021. Madame Decotterd and her husband, Stéphane, opened two restaurants at once at a new location in fall of 2021: Glion above Montreux. These are somewhat easier to reach than Brent. Madame Decotterd came to the table later and, when asked about the change, replied that sometimes there are opportunities in life that you have to seize quickly. This was apparently the case here. In July 2021, it was not yet clear that they would be in a different place in September. There was a bit of nostalgia, she said, as her husband had cooked for 10 years under the previous chef at Brent and then run Pont de Brent as owner for another 10 years.

The restaurant is not yet rated by the Guide Michelin, because it was opened only in fall of 2021 and the publication date of 2022 edition was postponed to fall.

Tip: If, like me, you have the idea to walk to the restaurant from Montreux, it would be good to allow enough time. 1.3 kilometers and 15 minutes announced by navigation app could become very long…. I’ll just write: 1000 steps.

The location is a very nice place high above Lac Leman with a view on Montreux, the Rhone delta and the French shore of Lake Geneva. If you have a window seat in the gourmet restaurant, which is equipped with large windows, you can enjoy this view for a long time.

Dining choices include a 5-course or 7-course menu and à la carte offerings. I opted for the shorter menu without cheese and (unfortunately) without morels. At this new location, the menu is now available in English.

A wine pairing is offered. I opted for this, but expressed the strong wish to avoid orange wines.

Mises-en-Bouche: Soft biscuit with pike mousse (without photo), pillow filled with arctic char and topped with raw ham, vaccherin cheese sticks

This was a very good start and the most unspectacular looking and sounding was the best. Indeed, the cheese sticks were very crispy and filled with an extremely tasty cheese cream. The grated Vaccherin cheese on top did the rest. I was glad to have been served two of them.

The surf and turf themed pillow also tasted very interesting. The pike perch biscuit, which came along like a mini pie tranche, was rather unspectacular.

Salted butter

Arrived cold and therfore hard at the table.

Pumpkin seed bread

The bread selection contained three different kinds.

Marinated and Horseradish grilled Char, Radish Tartelet, tarragon and fava bean
Wine pairing: Coral 2020 Chardonnay Chasselas Cuvée Laurent Berthet, Lavaux, Vaud

Now the first course came, whose tartelette reminded me of the bean salad last year. In addition to the marinated and briefly flamed arctic char which shone through excellent fish quality, this small arranged tartlet was particularly convincing. It consisted of several layers of thin pastry and was filled with bent radish slices containing small cubes of the main ingredient fish. The tartlet also contained beans, trout caviar, sliced radish and the whole was held together by a light cream. Flowers and herbs completed the composition – a work of art. There was no need for the dabs of mayonnaise on the plate. The fish quality spoke for itself. The mayonnaise also lacked salt and a characteristic flavor that could be associated with the green color. Still, a very good course!
The wine went well with it, but for my taste is not suitable to be drunk alone.

Geneva Lake Féra flavored with Verbena, Chawanmushi of green peas and caviar
Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc Bovel 2021 Monika & Daniel Marrugg, Fläsch, Graubünden

My highlight of the evening was served here. For me, this was clearly a dish at Michelin three Macaron level. Rolled gently cooked fish strips were in a lake of Chawanmushi, in which peas of very good quality could be found. An herb oil rounded it all up. The dish was very subtly flavored with verbena. This was topped with a wafer that had neat ossietra caviar on it. A perfect plate!

I really liked the Sauvignon Blanc and it went well with it too.

Tips of green asparagus with Verjuice, nettles and black garlic raviolo
Wine pairing: Viognier 2021 Gilbert Devayes

The next course was vegetarian. Top quality green asparagus tips were the main component. In the middle of the warm plate, under the verjus sabayon, was an al dente raviolo filled with black garlic cream. This was framed by thin slices of white asparagus and finally with the asparagus tips. Young nettle leaves and dabs of black garlic completed the composition. One can be skeptical about combining asparagus with garlic, but as one would expect, it was perfectly balanced here as well. The addition of caramelized shallots and a bit of honey to the fermented garlic took away the dominance of the garlic in the flavor and it was a perfect match. The flavor reminded me a bit of mild plum jam with acidity and fruit.

Loin and shoulder of lamb from Dents du Midi, cornmeal tacos with smoked paprika juice
Wine pairing: Cabernet Franc 2020 Vincent Chollet, Lavaux

The main course was a piece of lamb loin wrapped in chard. Provided the meat is of good quality, you can’t really go far wrong with its preparation – as was the case here. More interesting were the other two larger preparations. One was a cabbage leaf stuffed with lamb confit like a large raviolo. A jus with brunoise of smoked paprika was added at the table. On a wild garlic leaf (which was not thought to be eaten) à part was served a cornmeal taco filled with roasted strips of lamb shoulder, corn, bell peppers, fried onion rings and a light crème. Light cilantro flavors I could also detect. Monsieur Decotterd apologized and stated that they were not able to remove the cilantro completely. OK for me.

Sablé with praline of cooked wine and dark chocolate
Beignet filled with black currant cream
Bricelets Fribourgeois: Crispy roll filled with hazelnut cream, a typical sweet of the area.

The wait for desserts was shortened by these three mignardises.

Pink Rhubarb and Isotta Herbal Vermouth, sorbet, light milky mousse

Rhubarb, vermouth and almond – that’s all it takes to create the perfect dessert. This was the best rhubarb dessert I have ever tasted. Almond custard in the center, pink rhubarb and vermouth sorbet next to it, marinated rhubarb and then three turrets, each on sablé platforms and with rhubarb walls. One filled with almond cream, one with vermouth gel and one with rhubarb-brunoise compote, plus dabs of almond cream and vermouth gel. I can’t remember the taste of the yellow sauce.

Baba imbibed with old rhum and Jorat saffron, ice cream with mountain honey
Pairing: Hydromel Artisanal Domaine de Rueyes Laurent Cossy

The main actor in the second dessert was the Baba, that is, the pastry in the middle nicely soaked with rhum, but without alcohol flavor. That was intended so. The rhum was previously reduced to an almost syrupy liquid and then used. Saffron gel and saffron sponge were also present. The saffron was grown in Switzerland. Between the pastry slices, on top with honeycomb pattern, was a mountain honey vanilla ice cream, finally almond crumble and rhum and honey flavored cream. Nice varied dessert, which couldn’t quite keep up with the rhubarb composition before. The better is the enemy of the good!

Dark chocolate leaf filled with pear and woodruff (Asperula flower) gel and something I do not remember


This was, all in all, a compelling dinner that I really enjoyed. It was better in almost all respects than the lunch I had at Pont de Brent. I wonder if the fantastic surroundings are inspiring. I am convinced that this is where the two macarons will shine again in the fall. I’d like to come here again.

Website of the restaurant: Restaurant Stéphane Décotterd

Review of my visit at Pont de Brent.


Borgo San Jacopo Firenze


Visited July 2021

Awards: One Michelin Macaron

The Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo is located in the Lungarno Collection hotel in Firenze owned by the Ferragamo family. It is not far away from Ponte Vecchio on the Palazzo Pitti side of river Arno.

The hotel and restaurant are beautifully decorated with historical black and white photographs and real paintings among them a Picasso and several Gauguins.

There is a choice of two menus and an à la carte selection. We decided to eat à la carte.

The wine list is quite impressive. I took it easy, gave the sommelier a budget and some preferences. He proposed the following wine: Podere Le Cinciole Petresco 2010 100% Sangiovese organic wine from Panzano in Chianti. We took the second last botte of this vintage. It was very good.

I can write only about the à la carte choices I had. I did not taste the others.

Grissini with buffula/ricotta cream
Greeting from the kitchen: Cuttlefish gnocchi with Pesto cream
Alternative: Cooked and marinated watermelon on salad with cheese from Mugello
Bread and olive oil from Bagno di Ripoli

The olive oil was quite strong and bitter.

Cotto e crudo di verdure con sorbetto di pomodoro e melassa di fichi
Cooked and raw vegetables with tomato sorbet and fig molasses

On a half ring made from cold potato purée the following cooked and raw vegetables were arranged: green asparagus, carrots, radish, tomatoes, green beans, mini broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, fennel, salad, yellow peppers, and various herbs. A green herb sauce and a tomato sorbet completed the course. At the table with a pipette, some drops of brown fig molasses were added to it.

I expected more. The cold purée was quite tasteless and added nothing to the course except a holding function for the vegetables. The tomato sorbet was good. The fig molasses was not very present.
This was not comparable to the excellent vegetable potpourri “20 Gemüse” I had in Mövenpick 20/20 some years ago.

Risotto al pecorino di Pienza, cicoria, zafferano e polpette di chianina
Risotto with pecorino di Pienza, chicory, saffron and Chianina meatballs
Battuta di fassona con senape, ravanelli e tartufo nero estivo
Fassona tartare with mustard, radishes and summer black truffle
Lombo di agnello in crosta di nocciole, cipollotti in agrodolce e salsa ai frutti rossi
Loin of lamb in hazelnut crust, sweet and sour spring onions and red fruit sauce
Rostinciana di manzo, spinaci, cipolla al Moscato rosa e limone
Beef Rostinciana, spinach, pink Muscat and lemon onions
Rombo chiodato con lattuga romana, mandorle e prosciutto di Parma
Turbot with romaine lettuce, almonds and Parma ham

A well prepared piece of turbot came with grilled romaine lettuce hearts on almond cream. Parma ham sauce was added at the table. This course showed good products, a good combination of tastes and textures in harmony. I liked it very much.

Pré-dessert: Lollipop of joghurt icecream and white chocolate with blueberry
Mousse di cioccolato al caffè, mou alla liquirizia, biscotto al cacao e gelato alle nocciole
Coffee chocolate mousse, licorice toffee, cocoa biscuit and hazelnut ice cream
Cannolo e bolle di Morellino, mousse di ricotta, biscotto alle more, gelato fior di latte
Cannolo and Morellino bubbles, ricotta mousse, blackberry biscuit, fior di latte ice cream
Semifreddo al Vin Santo, biscotto alle mandorle e zuppetta agli agrumi
Semifreddo with Vin Santo, almond biscuit and citrus fruit soup

The half-frozen of Vin Santo, that typical sweet wine from Tuscany, located on the crumble on the left side and hidden below the almond biscuit was very good. The filets and cests of orange, pomelo and citrus were very refreshing but for me the left nutty and the right sour side did not fit very well together.

Petit Patisserie: saffron peach jelly, strawberry cheesecake, mascarpone pistaccio muffin


We passed a very nice evening with good company. The food was well presented on the plates, the products had good quality and they were prepared the right way. From the reading on the menu and the first glance of the plates the expectations were higher than the reality fulfilled then – at least for the courses I had. Service was without a flaw. I enjoyed the wine very much.