ictor Thomann, head concierge at Hotel Bellevue Palace Bern, Switzerland’s capital city’s only five-star hotel, recommends his favourite local dining spots.
Food style: French
Restaurant name: Hotel Bellevue Palace Bern
Unsurprisingly, Hotel Bellevue Palace Bern’s on-site restaurant, VUE, tops the list. Awarded 16 points by the influential Gault Millau restaurant guide (which rates on a scale from one up to 20), it’s considered one of the most exquisite gourmet restaurants in the city. Chef Gregor Zimmermann and his team prepare classic yet modern cuisine that’s inspired by the brasseries of France and combines culinary delicacies with a sophisticated concept of sharing dishes.
Food style: Italian/Swiss
Restaurant name: The Granary (Kornhauskeller)
Considered the most authentic culinary experience you’ll get, this is one of Bern’s typical cellar restaurants. The Granary (Kornhauskeller), with its beautifully painted vaulted cellar, accommodates the sophisticated attitude to life and the cosmopolitan spirit. Here, they cultivate original Italian cuisine, as well as traditional Swiss dishes with local specialities, such as the Bernese platter – a typical hearty meal with sauerkraut, beans, potatoes, ham, bacon and spare ribs.
Food style: Mediterranean/Asian
Restaurant name: Restaurant Schwellenmätteli
The unmistakable charm of the Aare River characterises the city of Bern in a unique way and provides the perfect setting for riverside walks, relaxation – and eating. The Restaurant Schwellenmätteli is located right on the bank of the river, yet in the middle of the town. It’s a trendy culinary oasis where guests can enjoy an after work drink on the deck, as well as modern Mediterranean and Asian specialties.
Food style: French
Restaurant name: Jack’s Brasserie
The main attraction of the five-star superior Hotel Schweizerhof Bern is the legendary Jack’s Brasserie, which has been highly commended by the influential French restaurant guide, Gault Millau. The team use the freshest market ingredients to offer up great Schweizerhof classics, such as Jack’s Wiener Schnitzel, served up in a typical traditional atmosphere. Also popular for lunch are the seasonally changing dishes, served from circulating trolleys.
Food style: Mediterranean
Restaurant name: Restaurant Rosengarten
Restaurant Rosengarten is located just five minutes’ walk from Bern’s famous BearPark in the lower Old Town. Besides offering more than 200 different types of roses in its garden, the panoramic restaurant boasts stunning views of the Old Town of Bern. From bountiful breakfasts to reasonably priced lunch specials to multiple-course dinners, diverse culinary delights are served in a stylish setting throughout the day.
Our thanks to Victor and Hotel Bellevue Palace Bern, Switzerland www.bellevue-palace.ch