You need to keep your eyes sharply peeled to find this minute cafe in the rue de la Plaine in Yverdon and also a strong sense of purpose to enter what, at first sight, seems to be yet another local bar.
The decor is simplistic and basic but there is one intriguing oddity in the shape of a toaster on each table. One look at the menu explains the reason: the Cafe de la Plaine is a local mecca for lovers of tartare, of both meat or fish.
This must be one of the widest ranges of tartare preparations in Europe, offering a staggering choice of different seasonings, using either beef, horsemeat, fresh or smoked salmon. For the ditherer, there is also the possibility of taking two half-portions, for example one beef and one salmon. Before the arrival of your choice, a basket with slices of fresh toasting bread is delivered and so you can prepare your own toast and eat it at the temperature which you prefer. The dish is complemented by a side salad and a cornet of matchstick fries.
For those who do not like eating raw food, there is a choice of cooked meats, including an entrecote with Cafe de Paris garnish.
The price of the tartares is about CHF 30 and the half-and-half platter costs 34. One main is quite filling, so there is no real need for a dessert but an excellent coffee does not go amiss.
The restaurant is tiny with about 8 tables altogether. Until more people read this review, booking is not necessary but could be precautionary!
All food is prepared to order and the quality of the beef is outstanding. Beef entrecote is certainly more flavoursome than fillet. The seasonings cover many areas of then world, so be prepared to be impressed and challenged.