Seven decades of consistency, seven decades of bringing the best of European cuisine.
?Old Swiss Inn –
? Somerset Olympia, Makati City
Located on the hallways of Somerset Olympia, Old Swiss Inn comes to life with its old-fashioned decors, vintage knick-knacks and dishes that were served for several decades now.
Since the 1940’s, Old Swiss Inn has been prized for this authentic Swiss and European cuisine. They have developed a loyal clientele over the past 70 years, ranging from politicians, celebrities, expatriates, and other patrons wanting a taste of Swiss cuisine anytime of the day. Old Swiss Inn is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
Personally, we have been taking Old Swiss Inn for granted many time. It’s just a few steps away from our office and we usually come here on our late night beer sessions, but never for the foods. Never again. This time, we already knew what we have been missing for the past years. Check out the foods we’ve tried so far:
Goulash (P330) – a hearty soup spiced with lashings of beef and vegetables. Full of warming flavors, this traditional soup makes a rich and satisfying bowl. It was simmered perfectly, locked in the spices that made this one went in straight to insulating our souls.
Gnagi (P860) – baked cured pork knuckles, served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes. The knuckles were astoundingly good! It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The dish was close to our hearts as we love our very own Crispy Pata, which was almost the same as this one the sauerkraut was a good addition to this plate to compliment to the very succulent taste of the meat.
Fresh Corned Beef (P680) – two huge slabs of beef brisket on a bed of sauteed cabbage and boiled potatoes. This is just so damn good. Period.
Sausage Platter (P1550) – a huge platter of veal, Hungarian, schublig, and pork sausages, also served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes, with onion gravy and peppercorn sauces on the side. We’re torn which one’s better ‘coz all four were great but we have to give the trophy to their veal sausage. The veal sausage’s bland and plain look was very deceiving. As much as we love the sausages, the two sauces that came with deserve the spotlight too. The peppercorn sauce was our all-high fave. It was strong and chunky, a tasty addition to each slice of our sausages.
This year, Old Swiss Inn launched the Raclette Grill, a fun and interactive way to enjoy cheese, meat and veggies, just like how the Swiss dig it. They currently offer 4 sets for this grill – the Classic Raclette, Mother Earth, La Parisienne, and Wagyu Skewers. We’ve tried the last two sets.
La Parisienne (P1190) – Raclette cheese, seared beef tenderloin, fresh mushrooms, potatoes and assorted vegetables.
Wagyu Skewers (P1490) – Raclette cheese, Wagyu beef and cherry tomatoes skewers, fresh mushrooms and assorted vegetables.
We have arranged both sets on an electric grill customized for cooking the meats and veggies and melting the cheese at the same time, not the usual cheese grill that was meant to scrape off the cheese. This one has its own little pans perfect to place a slice or two of cheese.
We’ve cooked the meats and veggies to our desired doneness, transferred one of each to our plates, then slowly poured the cheese on top. It was a glorious cheese experience. The rich flavor of the Raclette cheese was the much deserved cherry on top of the fantastic meats and veggies.
Chocolate Fondue (P650) – a visit to Old Swiss Inn wouldn’t be complete without having their chocolate fondue. This heaven on earth specialty features Toblerone Chocolate and pure cream. We had milk chocolate but there were two other options – Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate. A platter of marshmallows, cake bites, and slices of fruits were also included in this set. Long forks were also provided for ease of dipping. One dip and one bite showed us the Swiss’ passion for chocolates, every bite was delightful and captivated our hearts over and over. It was a nice ending to an enjoyable lunch.
We had an unforgettable, interactive dining experience. This was one of the few restaurants that we did say upon arriving home: “What a perfect lunch!”. We’ll definitely be back for the foods, with a huge grin secretly thanking god how accessible it is for us.
Value for money: Worth it! This was definitely one for the books.
#DateForTwo at Old Swiss Inn