Last night, boyfriend LN and his work buddy American funny man RM lured me into dining with them at the Swiss Chalet. They had a craving for raclette, and I happily tagged along. The good thing about homey warm restaurants like these that aren’t pretentious, is that you pay for the food and not the environment. We’ve been there many times before, and every one of those occasions except one were great.
The last time L and I were there was with my parents and brother. They did not like the strong smell of cheese. When you walk in, you are slightly overwhelmed by the smell, but you soon get used to it. The food was very average and a few things we wanted to order were unavailable. The dishes were pricey for what you got. The staff spoke minimal English and kept getting the orders wrong. That was in November.
After 6 months, LN had almost forgotten about that less than average meal and let his cravings for cheese and RN’s convincing take over his rationality. The meal started off with a good choice of bread paired with unspreadable unsalted butter.
We then shared a carnivore’s salad, Wurst/Kaese Salat. Potatoes, sausage, cheese and cream dressing. Good, but not spectacular. It was exactly as I’ve described it. Boring.
Then came the White Asparagus in Hollandaise Sauce. Wow was this dull. There wasn’t enough sauce for the 4 stalks and the sauce was more like paste. It tasted ok, looked ugly, and cost $138. I cook 3 times a year and I could’ve made better for less than $13.8.
The main that RN and I both ordered was the Zuericher Geschnetzeltes. I love the creaminess of the sauce! The mushrooms were flavourful and the pork was tender and juicy! Loved this! I just wish there had been more sauce to coat the crisp roschti!
LN had one of his all time favourite dishes, Wienerschnitzel. Compared to what I had, this looked bland. The meat was slightly on the dry side, but was covered in golden, crunchy crumbs. Overall, mehhhh..
RN picked up some raclette cheese on his way out and that took 15 minutes for them to cut a chunk off the wheel, weigh it, and pack it. The guy was slow, and didn’t understand English which didn’t help speed things up.
So, the place isn’t decorated spectacularly, the food was bland and average, they got our orders wrong a few times, and though it wasn’t exactly “expensive”, it was DEFINITELY not worth the money. Will I come back? Oh hell no.