It’s a bit embarrassing when we acknowledge how long it has taken for us to get into the doors of Romain C
, especially as it’s our neighborhood tea room
(seriously, it’s down the street from our apartment). But sometimes it’s nice to save and savor, and that’s exactly what we did one grey Sunday morning. We put on our rain jackets and sauntered down the street where the warmth of the illustrious decor beckoned us in, and the colorful palate of patisseries begged us to stay.
From the outside, Romain C. seems like your run-of-the-mill tea room–situated at the base of a residential building there isn’t much besides the awning flap to indicate its presence. But once inside you are transported by the esthetics of it all–the patisseries alone are a piece of artwork, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything of this nature outside of Paris.
While Florence’s son Romain is responsible for the pastries (with an impressive history of studying in Paris under the fame of Gérard Mulot and Ladurée, and later becoming the pastry chef at Château D’Ouchy), Florence, who is an interior designer, created the ambiance with classic midcentury pieces, all reupholstered and refurbished. The bold Parisian wallpaper paired with an animal skull and antlers creates a mix of just the right amount of classic and quaint.
If the scrumptious pastries and inspiring decor aren’t enough, the service at this small tea room is beyond comparison too. You could tell most clients were regulars, being greeted by name, but even though it was our first time we felt as though we were walking into a friend’s living room–such warmth and familiarity.
Thanks to Florence and her family for creating such a beautiful (and delicious) space here in Lausanne. We will be back soon, especially as the weather turns (did someone say artisanal hot chocolate?).
Avenue de Béthusy 19
Saturday&Sunday (brunch available): 8:30am-4:30pm