âSwitzerlandâ is the town of the Alps covered with pure white snow. It is a country where nature and the city blend nicely, such as a city center with old-fashioned buildings that give a grand feeling, mountains full of fresh natural beauty, and lakes spread out in blue. Starting with âBern,â which has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire old town has various charms, such as âGeneva,â where 22 international organizations are located, and âMontreux,â which is loved as a world-class resort. Switzerland, located inland in central Europe, shows different forms of food culture from region to region due to its geographical characteristics bordering European countries. Dessert culture developed in the east, which was influenced by Austria, and the west side adjacent to France handled various sauces, the south close to Italy enjoyed eating meat dishes such as pasta, and the north, which was influenced by Germany, enjoyed eating meat dishes such as sausages and pork.
Switzerland, which is known as a dairy country, has naturally developed cuisine using cheese, with over 500 types of cheese. Typical examples include âfondue,â where you dip meat and bread while cooking cheese in a pot, âraclette,â where you melt large pieces of cheese and put them on top of vegetables or meat, and âmarakoff,â where cheese is coated with flour batter and deep-fried until crispy. In addition, you can also find foods that combine food cultures from various countries, such as ârusti,â made by grinding potatoes into a round shape by grinding potatoes on a grater, and âjoffpan,â a pretzel shaped bread with a rich flavor of butter. Recently, places specializing in Swiss food have sprung up in Japan as well. It recreates the local flavors of Switzerland and soothes the regret of those who weren't able to travel to Switzerland. Blue skies and white Alps! Here are 4 of the best Swiss restaurants where beautiful flower fields come to mind.
1. Nuha Don âGastrotonâ presented by Swiss chefs who have traveled all over the world
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Chef Roland Heaney, who is a chef at luxury hotels around the world, including the US, the Philippines, Egypt, South Africa, and South Korea, and his wife, sommelier Kim Young-shim, are organizing âGastrotonâ together. By combining âgastronomy (gastronomy), which means gastronomy (connoisseur),â meaning of communicating through gastronomy, the meaning of mutual understanding is captured. It offers high-quality authentic Swiss cuisine with a focus on course meals. The signature menu âMATTERHORNâ consists of fish terrine, appetizer, main dish, dessert, and drink, starting with amuse bush. For the main dish, you can choose between veal tenderloin, sirloin sirloin, and grilled perch, and the most popular dish is veal tenderloin with Zurich style mushroom cream sauce. The soft, crunchy meat blends nicely with the mushroom-scented sauce and enhances the flavor to the fullest.
â²Location: 11-36 Jahamun-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:30 â 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:00
â²Price: MATTERHORN 78,000 won, INTERLAKEN 67,000 won
â²Testimonial (Miss Shikigami Ho-ho): I tried French and Italian course dishes, but this was my first Swiss course meal, so it was quite different. I ordered the MATTERHORN course, and you can choose not only the main dish, but also the appetizer and dessert according to your taste, so there's a wide range of choices. I ordered each type and shared it, so I felt like I was eating two courses instead of one course. I chose veal tenderloin as the main dish, but I still remember the melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich sauce.
2. 'La Swisse' in Seochon, a Swiss home-style meal with a casual sensibility
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âLa Suisseâ is a second kitchen operated by âGastrotonâ based on the concept of a mountain lodge. While Gastroton focused on fine dining cuisine, La Suisse pursues Swiss home-style cuisine enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. The signature menu is âveal tenderloin roast,â which consists of thinly sliced potatoes cut into a round shape and topped with grilled veal and mushroom sauce. The sauce gently wraps ripe potatoes on the outside and juicy veal tenderloin on the inside to enhance the umami. The âSchwein Kotlet,â made by grilling pork loin with long bones on charcoal, is also a popular dish. The gravy that bursts out richly as soon as you bite into the meat, which has a faint scent of charcoal, is excellent.
â²Location: 11-36 Jahamun-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 22:00, B/T 15:00 â 17:30
â²Price: Veal tenderloin roast 20,000 won, Schwein cutlet 27,000 won
â²Review (Shikigin Wacky Oden Tteokbokki): I visited both Gastrotong and La Suisse, and each has its own charm. If you want to eat this and that mainly on a la carte, I recommend Las Suisse. Even though the explanation was written, the food felt unfamiliar, but it was nice that they kindly explained it when it came out. The veal tenderloin roast sauce is not irritating, so it goes well with veal and potato flavors. If you put plenty of tenderloin and sauce on top of the potatoes and pour in a glass of wine, it makes a loud noise.
3. Seochon's 'Petit Ton', a bread made with natural fermented varieties that add health
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âPetit Tongâ makes healthy bread using naturally fermented varieties without chemical additives or preservatives. Bake a set amount of bread every day to keep it fresh. They have prepared a variety of dishes, from bakeries such as campanes, scones, and tarts to deli menus that are perfect as meal replacements, such as sandwiches, salads, and lasagna. The signature menu, âNatural Yeast Bread,â is aged only with naturally fermented varieties instead of yeast, and has a very different savory flavor. If you take a bite of moist natural yeast bread, you can enjoy the rich aroma and pleasant acidity at the same time. âOrganic whole wheat scones,â where you can feel the lightness of organic whole wheat in your mouth, is also a popular menu. The contrast between the crunchy outer surface and the moist inner surface is appealing. Please note that the serving time is fixed depending on the type of bread.
â²Location: 40-1 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 09:30 â 20:30 every day
â²Price: Natural yeast bread 12,000 won, organic whole wheat scone 3,800 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Wifi135): I made bread with ingredients that are good for the body, so I didn't feel bloated even after eating it, and it was really nice to feel comfortable. Natural yeast bread is delicious even if you just eat it, but if you dip 2-3 drops of balsamic vinegar into olive oil and eat it, the flavor will stay alive! Carrot cake made from organic carrots does not contain flour, so it's great for those looking for a gluten-free dessert! They also sell wine, so I often eat it with bread, and it goes really well with it.
4. Pyeongchang-dong 'Switzerland' feels like you've come to a small Swiss town
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â²Location: 349 Pyeongchang-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 00:00 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Shrimp pizza 20,000 won, tenderloin steak 35,000 won
â²Review (Kimderella, Shikigami): The interior, which looks like it's in a scene from the movie Budapest, is impressive! Do you think it's both elegant and luxurious? The boss takes orders and cooks by himself, and it really has a unique sensibility. I chose the shrimp pizza because the pizza was delicious, and it really became the pizza of my life. The dough was thin, so I didn't feel it when I ate a lot, so it didn't bite. Shrimp is also plump, so it reminds me again when I write a review. I chose the steak with peace of mind, but not only was the meat delicious, but the sauce was so delicious that I scraped it off.
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