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Restaurant focus, Park Hotel Vitznau, Switzerland

May 2019

Back in Switzerland from my winter trip, I was curious about the restaurant ‘focus’ at the Park-Hotel Vitznau, Switzerland. Chef Patrick Mahler got 2 Michelin stars in February 2019. I was not disappointed.

The menu with the wine pairing. We chose the 7-course menu plus the two surprise courses. Of course, the restaurant can provide a menu in English.

The wine pairing can also be ordered with half a deciliter of wine per course at half the price, which is very fair.

Unfortunately the weather was rainy and cloudy, so we could not enjoy the fantastic view.

As a welcome snack on the left the golden egg with smoked fish, sour cream and caviar, on the back corn taco with duck liver, kumquat and yoghurt, on the right the tartelletes with hamachi (a Japanese fish), asparagus and lemon.

A wonderful buckwheat sourdough bread with butter and herb fresh cheese

As a further welcome snack a Japanese custard royale with char caviar

Balfego tuna with avocado, leek and miso

Carabiniero (red king prawn), pork, fennel, lemon

Skrei (winter codfish), mussel, mushrooms, herbs vin-jaune

As a first surprise course: Pork belly, barley, herb oil, cabbage with umami sauce

Veal sweetbread, hazelnut, asparagus, capers

As a second surprise course: Braised ravioli with beef filling in Wan-Tan dough with Périgord truffle foam sauce. My colleague was so enthusiastic about this course that he ordered it again. To our amazement, the replenishment did not appear on the bill.

Holzen angus beef, entrecote, celery, morel, hollandaise

Rhubarb, white chocolate, fennel, raspberry

Black currant, yoghurt, vanilla noir, buckwheat

To conclude the friandises: On the left meringue (cherry, chocolate), on the right canalè (rum, vanilla), at the bottom foam kisses

Patrick Mahler impressed us. My friend and I agreed that Gault Millau will soon award the 18th point.

For the 7-course menu CHF/USD 215 were charged. In addition, each surprise course was CHF/USD 30. The wine pairing amounted to CHF/USD 152 (half for 0.5 dl wine per course), plus a few francs for water and coffee.


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