Making a comeback!
By Josie Wu Translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Andy Lin
47, NanJing E Rd, Sec 4
(02) 2713-0502, 2713-0503
Hours: 11:45 am-2 pm,
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
After an 11-month hiatus, Chalet Swiss is back! In order to provide a more refined dining experience, the owners of this popular Swiss restaurant decided to close their doors and give the Chalet a brand-new look. As the owner notes, "We've been around for almost three decades! It's about time to renovate!" Since re-opening at the end of June, about 5,000 customers have patronized this fine restaurant, rejuvenating the once shaky establishment.
Though renovated, the Chalet retains its classy European ambiance. The staff members that have worked here over the years still keep to their standard of quality service. Most importantly, the kitchen team, led by creator and Executive Chef Trummer, a Swiss native, and his partner Chef Chang, still work hand in hand behind the counter, letting customers enjoy the same dishes they've loved for years. Chef Chang insists on keeping the menu items just the way they are--with just a few new additions.
Switzerland is a place that several European nationalities and cultures call home. It, like the Chalet, is a meeting place for cuisine from Italy, Germany and France. Dishes that have been served for over 30 years include favorites like Dover Sole Meuniers (NT$780). This fish dish is first simmered in white wine, which gives it a tangy flavor. Another signature dish, Findue Bourguignonne (NT$920, serves 2-4), comes with beef, chicken and prawns, as well as six different dressings--black pepper, curry, barbecue, yolk sauce, seafood, and mayonnaise. After a sumptuous meal at the Chalet, you might want to leave room for dessert--the Souffle Oriental (NT$360) can't be topped.