Restaurants in Switzerland

According to Wikipedia, Swiss food is "unique" because of the many regional influences coming from Italian, French, and German cuisine. The indigenous cheeses and the native dishes such as Rösti, Raclette and Fondue, make Swiss cuisine truly special.

Switzerland has four distinct areas; each one possessing its own separate language and culture, so variety in both food and wine is common. Excellent native wines are also available in Swiss restaurants, and the four regions have their own specialties and cuisines with modern styles and art, which all makes for an inspiring eating experience. One can find almost all the worldwide cuisines in Swiss restaurants along with the local food as well.

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Wining & Dining in Switzerland

A typical Swiss fondue
Foods, ingredients and recipes in Switzerland vary greatly all over the country. Dairy products like butter, the world renowned Swiss cheeses, yogurt, milk and a huge selection of bread types like rye, wholemeal and white are the basic foodstuffs used at home and in restaurant cuisine.

Such variety is illustrated with the fact that here there are more than 350 different varieties of sausages and 450 varieties of cheese. Wine lovers will be pleased to know that more than 50 different varieties of grapes grow on sunny Swiss slopes, including some that are unique to this country.

Also important are vegetables including beans, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, spinach etc. Sausages and meat - mainly veal, beef, pork, chicken or turkey - are served in many different ways: grilled, cooked, sliced or cut. Side dishes include French fries, rice, potatoes and different types of pasta.

You can find a lot of sweets and fruits in Switzerland. Apples, grapes, different types of berries and pears are grown in Switzerland, however fruits from around the globe are available all year round. Last but not the least, the Swiss chocolate is available everywhere to complement this food diversity.

Dining Out

As there are so many types of foods available in Switzerland, as is logical, there are also a huge varity of restaurants to choose from. You can either go to the fast food restaurants, with a choice of burgers, pizzas, curries, fish & chips etc. or you try one of the many in a self-service restaurants or a family-run one. Menu prices also vary from reasonably priced to reasonably expensive in the fine-dining category.

If we compare food prices of Switzerland to those of the rest of Europe and particularly in the US, they tend to be a little higher in Switzerland. However self-service restaurants are lighter on the pocket. At such restaurants, one can spend CHF 10 (10 Swiss francs) for a soft drink, coffee and a hamburger. It can cost between CHF 15 to CHF50 per person in a small, family-run restaurant. If you choose a more elegant, gourmet restaurant, it could cost CHF 100, just for a bottle of wine.

In the last few years, vegetarian menus, salads and desserts have become very popular and common. Typical menus consist of pastas (prepared in different ways), meat, potatoes, fish, sea food and vegetables. Most restaurants provide at least one main course with a vegetarian option. Desserts include cheeses of different types as well as cakes, sweets and a wide selection of ice cream.

Swiss Food

Emmental cheese
Bread, butter, honey or marmalade, some cheeses, milk, chocolate, coffee or tea complements the common breakfast in Switzerland. Light lunch can be a sandwich or birchermuesli and a proper lunch can be a complete meal. Dinners may be a heavy 3-course meal if lunch was light, but the opposite may also be true: a heavy lunch could be followed by a light snack of cheese, bread or cold meats.

Drinks can range from plain water, to different types of soft drinks including most internationally well known brands plus some local products, to a great variety of beers and wines. Hot drinks include many different flavours of tea and coffee.

As you travel through Switzerland you'll find Malakoff cheese fritters in Canton Vaud; and cornmeal specialities and freshly caught perch from Lake Constance in Canton St. Gallen. The Valais is famous for its raclette, melted mountain cheese served with steamed new potatoes and pickles; Graubünden for its Capuns, tender dumplings wrapped in Swiss chard leaves; Zurich for its Geschnetzeltes, creamy shredded veal; and Ticino for its luganighe sausages and fabulous risotto.

Other local specialities include Älplermakkaroni (alpine-style macaroni and cheese) and Salsiz (cured dry sausage), especially in the mountain regions.