The Japanese Restaurant

Andermatt, Switzerland

Chocolate-box chalets peek out from beneath Göschenen mountain, a string of gondolas rocks overhead and snow settles at our feet. At first glance, Andermatt carries all the hallmarks of a quaint Swiss town. Until you follow the lanterns to The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi, where the granite-clad, dark-wood and rice-papered walls turn the Heidi cliché on its head. Showing less restraint than Eddie the Eagle, we select 10 dishes to try from the Kaiseki menu. Each carries distinctive Japanese flavours – wasabi cashews, aubergine marinated in saké and Koji cucumber paired with freshwater Swiss shrimp sashimi. Wagyu nigiri arrives topped with gratings of goose liver, while chunky udon noodles are tossed in a creamy truffle sauce in an Asia-meets-the-Alps take on the humble carbonara. Not quite the indulgent raclette or rösti typical of this part of the world, but a meal that certainly carries a bit of heft. Still, the sustenance provides welcome padding ahead of any tumbles on the slopes.

Words by Fleur Rollet-Manus. 00 41 888 7488.

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