Lucerne is such a culinary gem! Not only did I found my favourite chocolatier there, I’ve tasted the best-ever-in-my-life humble iconic Swiss rösti at Wirtshaus Galliker, a charming old-style tavern passionately run by the Galliker family since 1856.
Schützenstrasse 1 (on the corner of Hirschengraben and Schützenstrasse, near the Kasernenplatz)
All eyes were on us the moment we stepped into the homely rustic restaurant. I’m guessing that’s cuz we were the only Asians there and perhaps, they don’t get that many Asian diners. Whatever the case, service was excellent, very warm and friendly! The motherly waitresses made sure we were well-fed and the owner regaled us with tales of his trip to Singapore many years ago. These people (and the food, of course) made our meal here incredibly enjoyable!
Now, this is what I came for.
10/10, this rösti is that good! Perfectly fried to a deep golden-brown hue, and so crisp on the outside with a soft airy texture inside. Love this to the max!
Another Swiss soul food is the veal bratwurst. With more rösti, yay!
We also had a hearty risotto with chicken breast cooked in white wine sauce and for some decorative greens on the table, a huge helping of tuna salad too.
If you ever go to Lucerne, do make a point to drop by this place. All the food we ordered was well-prepared, unpretentious and served in such traditionally generous portions! Happy =)
As if our meal at Wirtshaus Galliker was not roll-me-out-the-door filling, I had to have ice cream after that too! Gosh, my stomach capacity does amaze myself sometimes haha. Here’s introducing Heini, a popular confectionery chain serving Feine Torten (fine cakes)!
I didn’t want cakes, just something light and sweet to make the sweet tooth happy. So ice cream it is!
While the citrus flavour (above) was too sweet, the sorbet-like strawberry buried under the big scoop of creamy old-school chocolate ice cream was great, very clean and natural-tasting!
Hidden in the pretty backyard of a boutique hotel is the Hofgarten Restaurant. The food here is good, rather light but no less delicious. And it’s a welcome change from all the heavy and unhealthy food we’ve been having lately haha.
I love the tempura-fried Atlantic scallops with curry on quinoa-cereal, watercress and pineapple chutney! I’ve never had anything like this in Singapore before. The combination, I mean. Every bite was bursting with different flavours and textures, and ingredients used were so fresh!
And the red Thai-coconut curry with a medley of colourful vegetables, shiitake mushroom and fresh mango? Simply gorgeous.
The Swiss adventure continues.. To Interlaken next! =)