Certainly, Zermatt should first of all be visited for its breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, one of the most impressive and majestic mountains in Switzerland.
But Zermatt has more to offer than idyllic landscapes, romantic streets and luxury shops. Not less than 19 restaurants are presented in the 2015 version of Gault&Millau Switzerland ranging from the rustic chalet on the ski slopes to the fine dining 17 points restaurant.
For my first time in Zermatt, I chose to have lunch at Cervo, registered with 14 points in Gault&Millau. The restaurant is incorporated within the concept design hotel Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort. The interior is chalet-chic and cosy with lots of wood, some design elements and a luminous atmosphere. The cuisine is classic with a modern twist, a few fish dishes, a few (premium) meat dishes and a couple of vegetarian options. The ingredients are sourced locally if possible and the wine menu is quite nice as well.
I chose the all so famous burger: a good portion of Swiss beef (special mentioning for the perfect cuisson!) between a bun made of thyme brioche (nice, you can taste the great texture and flavour, but it is not overly “bready”) and topped with a slice of mountain cheese. The flavours, the textures and the quality of ingredients were definitely there, so no regrets so far! The burger came along with a generous portion of truffle fries, those fries that Cervo is so famous for (and yes, you can already smell them once you enter the restaurant). This American frenzy finally seems to have reached the European continent. The fries however were in my opinion the no-go of the whole meal and I cannot really understand why people rave about it. The truffle flavour was too strong, overpowering the authentic savour of the burger, but most of all, the fries were just too greasy. I reckon that the fries have been fried one single time instead of the two mandatory ones (as it is prescribed in Belgium, le pays de la frite: a first cuisson at 120°C and a second at 180°C with a cooling off period in between will guarantee for perfectly crunchy and non greasy fries with a tender inside). What a shame!
I also shared a dessert (citron tarte with meringue), which was good but nothing special.
The service was a bit patchy here and there (taking the plates away while the last person was still chewing) but overall very sympathetic.
All in all it was a pleasant experience. The prices are Zermatt-like, which means quite high but not disproportionate. So if you want to spend a cosy lunch in-between two slopes or a relaxed evening after an exhausting day, why not give this a try?
Riedweg 156, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
+41 27 968 12 12