Manora is a place for everyone. In this giant hall, you will find everyone from kids, who love the crocodile critter which is the restaurant's ... More
Manora is a place for everyone. In this giant hall, you will find everyone from kids, who love the crocodile critter which is the restaurant's trademark, to businesspeople who rush in and out for lunch. With about 10 Manoras in Switzerland, they are a bit of a tradition: food stalls, with helpful staff behind them, contain everything you could possibly want for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. Seats about 400 people and has the extra bonus of having a non-smoking section. Located right in Place St-François.
I've been going to Manora at Place St Francois for twenty years, often accompanied by a copy of today's The Guardian bought from the station. Manora offers good value, excellent food and a relaxing atmosphere - you can spend a hour or two over a cafe renverse without fear of being moved on, and if you know Lausanne you know you'll see people you know in there. Have lunch there and no need to buy a drink - free glasses of water are provided. If you go in the morning try the bircher muesli - it's the very best!
I've been to Manora 22 years ago. It was at the time a wonderful place to go. Excellent and very economical.
I will be back to Switzerland the first 2 weeks of January 2008. Is certainly going to be a pleasure to see how the good old Manora it's keeping up with time.
So Long Manora!!!...........
I nearly changed my mind about dining at Manora after an extremely unpleasant expat living in Lausanne told me the food was overpriced, overprocessed, substandard and nothing I wouldn't find in the states (this was AFTER recommending a place with "great burgers". Thanks, but like Starbucks, I can find a burger joint on every corner in the US.)
So glad I decided not to listen to this person, who based on my experience at Manora has probably never looked through the window of the place. I found the food to be reasonably priced (for Switzerland), quite fresh for a self-service establishment and not what I would find in a similar place in the US.
The restaurant has several hot "main" stations, attended by a chef; several cold stations with VERY fresh salads and veggies; a soup station; a drink station which include wine and beer; a HUGE dessert station; a smoothie and juice station with offerings that appeared "just squeezed/blended".
I selected escaloppe of chicken which was tasty, whole baby potatoes (potatoes being a staple in Swiss food), a cold salad with very crispy veggies and a strawberry shortcake type dessert (which I could barely finish). It was filling, tasty and fit my budget.
Manora is not be for those who demand a made-to-order one plate at a time dining experience. But that is not what Manora is selling. For those of us who cannot afford such an experience (or the attitude) for every meal, I would definitely recommend Manora.
For our vacation in Switzerland we wanted to see Lausanne.From the train station we climbed a steep road to get to Manora.Ordered "Birchermuesli" and jus de fruits/cocktail for less than 20 CHF.Since it was lunchtime a lot of locals were enjoying their meal also.A friendly ,very helpful staff made our time there a great experience.Good value meal to make you come back to Manora again.Recomend it highly.It was a very relaxing and enjoyable hour there.Afterwards we walked around to take in the view of the town.
As an exchange student to Lausanne, going to Manora was a weekly treat. It was cheap food, but excellent quality and with a huge salad bar, soup (in winter) and lots of hot meals available, it was healthy too. The chocolate mousse is to die for. There's also a fruit juice bar where you can mix your own concoctions. (My parents loved it too!)
Get a table by the window upstairs and watch the snow fall!
The Manora restaurant is a functional place: you go there, chose your food from a large selection, it gets cooked in front of you, you receive it, you pay and sit down to eat it.
It's in no way "good cuisine". So really just see it as a useful place, when you don't have so much time to eat or can't be bothered to find a restaurant further in town.
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