swiss cuisine: fondue + raclette
if you’re going to switzerland, you better like cheese.
i love swiss cuisine because some of the main staple
meals are basically all cheese. when your dinner plate
contains 90% cheese and 10% foods to dip in that
cheese, you know you’re doing something right.
with it being chase’s first time in switzerland, i was
set on taking him to an amazing meal of fondue and
of course raclette (more on that below if you don’t
know what it is). switzerland is expensive, and so is
dining…so if you’re going to splurge on dinner
here, make sure you find a good place to do it!
i had looked up some of the best spots online, so we went straight
from the train in zürich once we arrived and beelined it straight
to raclette stube in old town. i knew from the second we walked up
to it on the sidewalk that this place was legit with their handmade signs.
i was even more sure when i walked in and saw
the darling wooden booths and checkered tablecloths.
we started off with rivella, a swiss soda that is my favorite.
i don’t like soda at all, but this stuff is the best. i don’t even
know how to explain the taste, maybe like ginger ale meets
a really light taste of coca cola, and less carbonation? yum. we started with raclette, which is less known than fondue
but it needs to be known. it’s actually a huge wheel of cheese
that is warmed up, and once the top layer is melted (just before
it burns)..they scrape off the layer and put it right on your plate
to eat just like that. it is HEAVENLY. i love when food is browned +
carmelized (almost burned), so this meal is like my dream come true.
the fondue came out next, which is one of my very
favorite things. the gruyere blend used in switzerland
cannot be beat. luckily for me, my mom has made fondue
growing up and uses the swiss recipe, so i’ve been spoiled
having it my whole life…including every new years eve!
it is amazing, but fondue will always taste best in switzerland.
a table full of goodness ^^ (mostly cheese!)
take note: in zurich, head straight to raclette stube.
(it translates to raclette room :)
we definitely needed to walk off our heavy meal afterwards –
luckily gorgeous zurich awaited. we strolled the river at twilight
in the perfect end-of-summer air and took in the beauty. ^^
we crossed back over the river and explored old town
a little bit more. by this time chase was in search of
chocolate fondue, but that is kind of an american
thing. the true swiss fondue places probably won’t
have chocolate fondue, even though it’s amazing!
we settled on some swiss lindt chocolate.
this noisettes flavor is basically like nutella in a
chocolate bar form, so definitely pick one of these up.
we stumbled our way to our cozy hotel near old town,
entering a food coma (and tired from our day of train travel).
it’s a boutique hotel called hotel helmhaus with some of the
nicest staff we’ve ever encountered. and, there are
fresh brownies in the lobby. need i say any more?!
we stayed in this darling attic-roofed room,
and slept so deeply after our warm & comforting meal.
(ps ..chase CANNOT get over how 99% of hotel beds are twin beds
pushed together! haha, he always ends up laying right in the crack
through the night and wakes up with a sore back. gotta love it!)
goodnight, zurich! thanks for filling our bellies with
delicious cheese and being so picturesque. we’ll
be back with more from you tomorrow!