Zermatt – the culinary paradise
20 Zermatt restaurants have been included in the latest edition of the most popular Swiss restaurant guide, the Gault Millau 2013, together amassing a total of 248 points. Regular guests know that Zermatt is synonymous with pure indulgence. Zermatt's restaurants have thus once again performed to their best and overall are showing their sunniest side to the culinary world.
"The residents of Zermatt and their guests are spoiled by the very best mountain restaurants in the Alps. Hotels with ambitious chefs…" The Gault Millau (GM) is full of praise for Zermatt in its 2013 edition. Now 20 restaurants have successfully been included (18 up to now) and all together have amassed a total of 248 points (246 up to now). The publishers of the Gault Millau write in their press release: "Gastronomic power continues to rise as before in Zermatt: the cuisine in the wonderful restaurants lining the ski runs is consistently good. There has been some change in the village but the density is impressive." The Gault Millau tasters have designated the boys from the isle of Capri as the undisputed "top dogs", who never cease to "amaze us every year" in the Mont Cervin Palace (Le Capri Restaurant).
New establishments in the mix
The Omnia has been waiting a long time for its Gault Millau entry and now it's a case of "Welcome to the Club!" states the restaurant guide, referring to the 14-point performance by its chef Patrick Weber. The "Heimberg" Restaurant was also able to climb up the rankings. Christian Geisler garnered praise with the entry, "What the young chef from Salzburg, Christian Giesler, serves up, deserves to earn great praise," gaining the "Heimberg" 14 points (13 up to now). The press release goes even further: "Christian Geisler is the shooting star in the village. … we expect great things from him."
The Restaurant Dolce Vita is a new addition, although without an entry with points, as Roland Kilian only works in the Dolce Vita in Zermatt in winter. Like other chefs in Zermatt practically overwinters here like a migratory bird. He is now here for the second time (2012/2013 season).
The Hotel Matthiol also managed only an entry, as Chef Maria Gross is moving on with Patrick Zeh stepping into her shoes. He first needs to prove himself.
Nine Zermatt hotels included Tourists continue to seek out beautiful hotels where they can enjoy outstanding food. Of the 100 hotels designated by Gault Millau as "Gourmet Hotels", nine of them are now in Zermatt. This is because the Hotel The Omnia is now in the club, too. Zermatt has a total of over 150 restaurants, 50 of which are mountain restaurants plus a further 50 bars and nightclubs.
|The 20 best restaurants in Zermatt|
|Gault Millau points|
|Hotel Alpenhof, Restaurant Le Gourmet||15|
|Restaurant China Garden||13|
|Restaurant Dolce Vita||o.N., (new)|
|Findlerhof Mountain Restaurant||14|
|Restaurant Chez Heini||13|
|Restaurant Heimberg||14 (+1)|
|Hotel Mirabeau, Restaurant Le Corbeau d’Or||15|
|Hotel Mont Cervin Palace, Ristorante Capri||16|
|Hotel Mont Cervin Palace, Grill “Le Cervin”||14|
|Hotel The Omnia||14 (new)|
|Hotel Post, Restaurant Portofino||13|
|Hotel Schönegg, Restaurant Gourmetstübli||15|
|Hotel Riffelalp Resort, Lounge / Al Bosco||13|
|Restaurant Zum See bei Max und Greti||14|
|Chez Vrony Mountain Restaurant||13|
|Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Restaurant Prato Borni||13|
|Total of restaurants with GaultMillau points||20 (totally 248 points)|
unclassified: Two Zermatt restaurants have not been awarded points but have still been included. This is because the chef's successor must first prove himself (Matthiol) and because Roland Kilian is "only" working as a guest chef (Dolce Vita). However, he has cooked his way to 16 points in his former Rebstock Restaurant in Tschugg (Berne).