DULLY I first ate at the Auberge de Dully – known as “the chicken place” by locals – in 2009. I was invited by Zimbabwean friends who lived in the village and had been raving about the restaurant for months. To be honest, I was expecting an average meal at best, as I am British-Jamaican and quite fussy about how my roast chicken is cooked. It doesn’t necessarily have to be spicy, but must be tender and full of flavour. I was not disappointed. The restaurant’s main draw, the spit-roasted chicken, was delicious and I have been back many times.
But be warned; the Auberge de Dully is not for vegetarians or those who prefer selecting from an extensive menu. It offers just two main courses – spit-roasted chicken and lamb, accompanied by a bowl of green salad, rösti or chips. If you have room for dessert, a very tasty shortcrust cream pie topped with whipped cream and sugar is the only one on offer. This is comfort food at its best. It is also why the cosy wooden-decor Auberge, owned by the Charrière family, has been a magnet for celebrities, locals and expats since opening in 1964. The wine cellar, sourced from the Châteaude Dully, offers 10,000 bottles, so you won’t be short on choice.
Service at the restaurant is friendly and efficient but can be slow if there are several large groups dining at the same time. Reservations are advised.