Bagels & Ouchy
Walking through Lausanne on our way back from the Shakespeare Festival the other night, I spotted bagels out of the corner of my eye, squealed, and then turned on the spot to see the newly opened Bagel on the Way. Since it was about 10 p.m., the shop was obviously closed, but A quickly found its Instagram feed and as its photos looked quite promising with shiny, fat bagels, I was excited to try it.
I took the train to Lausanne on Wednesday with that exact purpose in mind. I met A by the station and we went to Bagel on the Way to get a picnic dinner before making our way down to Ouchy to eat by the lake.
The shop itself is adorable and, aesthetically, everything I want from a bagel shop. It's nicely decorated, has lots of cute New York decorations, and is far more tasteful than it is kitsch. The bagels themselves also looked promising. Apparently, the bagels are made daily at the shop, and you can even order them en masse to take home for the weekend. Again, everything I want from a bagel shop!
Sadly though, once we started eating our sandwiches by the lake, disappointment struck. The sandwiches were excellent in themselves. The pastrami in A's "Bronx" was just as it should be – unlike in many places abroad, ahem – and my turkey "Brooklyn" was quite good. However, the bagels didn't taste like bagels. They were too bready and lacked the wonderfully chewy consistency. A thought that it maybe had to do with the fact that we got the cheddar bagels instead of something more classic, but I'm not convinced. Still, we shall go back for the sandwiches and maybe to try their breakfast options.
All in all, despite the disappointing bagels, the outing was a a success. How could it have been otherwise, with this scenery?