Zermatt's vibrant culinary scene: Even more variety
Zermatt has two news to offer: Firstly, following a change in management, the Sonnmatten restaurant has once again become a favourite meeting point for locals and visitors alike and, secondly, the 'kitchen around’ tour is now also available in summer.
Barbara Stelzer and Samuel Senn took over the management of the Sonnmatten restaurant in Winkelmatten in the middle of June. Barbecued delicacies are on offer during lunchtime. In the evening, gourmets are invited to enjoy a four-course dinner for CHF 59 at the restaurant on the green edge of the village. The courses can also be ordered separately.
Barbara Stelzer is delighted: “We are very pleased that the people of Zermatt really enjoy coming here”, she says. Both the outside seating area, which offers an unobstructed view of the Matterhorn, and the cosy lounge have become favourite meeting points for locals and international guests alike.
Having worked for a number of years as sous chef at the Mont Cervin Palace Hotel, Samuel Senn, the current head chef at Sonnenmatten, is no stranger to Zermatt. At Sonnmatten, the cuisine is “simple and unpretentious with a regional flavour”, Samuel says, while expertly turning sausages and steaks on the outdoor barbecue.
Touring the restaurants The successful “kitchen around” package, so far only available in winter, can now also be booked in summer. The mini “tour gastronomique” through Zermatt is hosted by the following venues: Mirabeau (Apéro), Cervo, Walliserhof and La Calèche (Holiday). Guests, however, do not take their meals in the lounge. Instead, they are served at a cosy table in the kitchen, allowing them to observe the establishment’s culinary artistes at work, maybe even learning some professional secrets along the way.
The “kitchen around” tour takes place each Friday and Saturday evening. The package, which costs CHF 149, includes an aperitif, a three-course meal, drinks and one taxi ride within Zermatt.