Before the winter is over I feel one wintry post must be made. I celebrated New Years in beautiful St. Moritz this year and was treated to quite the culinary and otherwise fantastic experience. However, nothing is ever just normal in St. Moritz. Instead, everything includes a splash of fabulous or a hint of extravaganza. And while every famous chef is represented in St. Moritz, the following suggestions, are all unique to this beautiful part of the world.
So let us begin with the most interesting of dining experiences. What made it so memorable was the means of getting there…horse-drawn sledge! We rode through the snow-covered woods under a star-spangled sky, covered in many layers of sheep skins, up the mountains and into the Fex Valley, where we enjoyed a delicious Swiss dinner! It was Delicious in a whole new way! Our destination, Pensiun Crasta (Vallata di Fex, Sils im Engadin), served traditional Swiss food and that is what they are known for – the Raclette was great!
Another delicious St. Moritz experience was at Paradiso. This is a ski hut only to be found in St. Moritz. Champange served for lunch, a long with extraordinary good food! There is Bar and a Club, with the Club being more formal and with a slightly different menu, but both have seating options outside. Everything we tried was delicious, my personal favourites being the Fondue and the mille-feuille+cream dessert! But what makes this place truly remarkable is the absolutely stunning view you have over the village and lake below and the surrounding mountains. Absolutely beautiful!
For a refined afternoon cup of tea I suggest the Hotel Kronenhof (Via Maistra 130, 7504 Pontresina). Situated on the other side of the lake, Pontresina is much smaller, quieter and very picturesque. The five-star hotel is beautiful and elegant, with a stunning view to take in while enjoying your afternoon tea. They have a special afternoon service that includes freshly prepared crepe. It is the perfect place to relax after a day of skiing. (They also have a great spa!)
Finally, for drinks out in the evening, my favorite was bar at Badrutt’s Palace (Via Serlas 27, 7500 St. Moritz). The place feels like you’re in someone’s living room and everyone seems to know everyone. Even if you don’t, the food and drinks served here make it well worth a visit. Try the Italian hazelnut flavoured Frangelico liqueur here.