Switzerland is perhaps best known for its fondue and high-quality chocolate, but it truly has a lot more to offer when it comes to culinary delights. In the following special theme, we take a look at some of the country’s top restaurants, but first – let’s take a look at some traditional Swiss dishes that should be tried on your next trip to the country.
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This term translates loosely to ‘cut meat Zurich style’ and describes a traditional Swiss dish with strips of veal, sometimes veal liver, mushrooms, onions, wine and cream. It’s a kind of stew and goes perfectly with ‘rösti’ (see next dish on this page), rice or pasta. If you see the dish on a menu on your next trip to Switzerland, be sure to try it. You won’t regret it.
A ‘rösti’ is a humble dish and one that is a staple throughout Switzerland. It consists primarily of grated potatoes that are cooked in a pan in the style of a fritter. It was originally a breakfast dish that was eaten by farmers, but has established itself as a favourite throughout the country and abroad.
Vegetarians and vegans – stop reading now! This one is for the meat-lovers out there. The ‘Bernese platter’ is found all over menus throughout the city of Bern and consists of numerous types of meat, like sausage, beef, ham, smoked bacon, pork knuckle, which all gets complemented with sauerkraut, potatoes and dried beans. Created on 5 March 1798, when the Bernese defeated the French army, the dish came about because everyone brought along whatever they had to hand to celebrate. Today, it is still a dish to try (if you like meat).
Also called hersman’s macaroni, this dish comes from the German part of Switzerland and usually includes cheese, potatoes, macaroni, onions, as well as milk or cream, and apples too. If you order it, expect layered cooked potatoes and macaroni with cream and cheese which gets served with fried onion rings and stewed apple sauce. On a cold night, it is sure to really get you warmed up.
To find out which gourmet establishments to visit in Switzerland this year, be sure to read the following pages, where we have spoken to some of the country’s top restaurants.