Located about 45 minutes outside of Montreux in the Canton of Fribourg is a hidden gem of a mountain restaurant in Les Paccots. Getting there is half of the fun (it is after all nearly 5,000 feet in elevation) as you eventually find yourself on a single lane road that runs both up and down the mountain – just don’t imbibe too much because the way down is quite harrowing in the darkness of night.
The restaurant is a traditional chalet with a view that is simply stunning. We arrived just before sunset and were afforded with one of the most amazing sunsets that simply took your breath away. There is a large terrace that I can only imagine is quite when the weather is warm. As we were having dinner it was a bit too cool to sit outside so we opted to sit inside. The interior is traditional Swiss and not that large but we had the entire restaurant to ourselves this night. The proprietors of the restaurant made us feel like we were dining at a friend’s house – very warm, welcoming, and accommodating.
The menu is quite simply and traditional Swiss. We decided to indulge in the cheese fondue and when I mentioned that I could not have the bread due to celiac disease I was quickly offered steamed potatoes to use as the vessels for delivering wonderfully delicious piping hot cheese to my mouth. There was a very nice selection of local wines and we had some fantastic reds throughout the meal.
We started the meal with some dried beef and accompaniments – one of my favorite things to have when in Switzerland. The fondue itself was probably the best I have ever had. Not to mention they presented me with my own pot (to avoid cross-contamination with the pot being used with bread) and more potatoes than I could have possibly eaten. One of our friends had the croûte aux champignons (with toast served separately so I was able to sample the mushrooms which were absolutely delicious).
For dessert we had to indulge in a regional specialty that I simply cannot get enough of when in the area – meringues with double Gruyere cream – it’s simple, wonderfully rich, and the perfect way to end any meal. Since the evening also was to celebrate my husband’s birthday, the owners presented us with a special frozen double cream slice that was truly magnificent and we all could not help ourselves to sampling a little bit along with the birthday boy.
Address: Route de la Dent de Lys, 1619 Les Paccots, Switzerland
Phone: +41 79 332 23 86