Nearing our first anniversary as a couple, me and my boyfriend wanted to have a quick get away from the Metro. We were looking for a place with a little sophistication to celebrate our first anniversary as a couple. One of the most recommended places, by friends and online communities, was Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant residing in the humble province of Antipolo, Rizal. Its best known for its unique dining experience and amazingly prepared delicacies, and a family rich history.
“Vieux Chalet” has a variety of French translation, but the most appropriate connotation of which is from a food blogger named Roch Santos-Sioco which, according to her, means home on top of a mountain. In a literal sense, it is indeed a home on top of a mountain as the terrain towards the place leads to steep roads. It also definitely feels like a home as the place is filled with hospitality and coziness – not just by the ambience, but also on how we were accommodated.
Upon entering the restaurant, which almost resembles a transient house you could rent for a quick getaway, we were welcomed with two adorable kids. They accommodated us with full face mask and shield and guided us in filling up the contact tracing sheet, checking of our temperatures, and ushering us to our reserved table. The interiors were pleasant and clean – none of the usual gimmicks you would see in modern cafes and restaurants. The place was naturally lit with huge windows which also serves the purpose of viewing the overlooking Metropolitan landscape. The tables were nicely simple, being decorated by white lace matching the white-painted interior and hardwood floor.
One of the most earmarking experience was being directly served by the chef of the place, Chef Rico. He took our orders, mentioned some of the best-selling dishes in the menu, and recommended wines to match the dishes we ordered. They offer course meals for diners who want to sample a bit of everything, and they also offer a la carte dishes for those who wish to sample just a few dishes.
We were so amazed by the place that we opted to visit the second time after our anniversary date. Below is a compilation of all the menu items we ordered during our first and second visit:
For our appetizers we were served the complementary homemade bread with home made spreads and we ordered a salad. The bread was nice but a bit too hard for some people who are wearing braces and there is nothing too special about the salad. The veggies were fresh, and the dressing is nice.
Now we go to the mains which were I could say are just amazing, grandiose, and a pleasant to eat.
On our first visit we availed of the Pre-fix menu(P1,895) for one which consist of salad, one main dish, and a choice of dessert with coffee and tea. We just added another main dish. we had the Steak with Mushroom Sauce and Smoked Porkchop. The steak is grilled to perfection. It is very tender and a little bit rare on the inside. The bloodiness of the steak, however, is very much appreciated for people who usually orders steak in the well-done side. The mushroom sauce was creamy and delightful. Again, the porkchop was perfect. It has a nice color to it and the seasoning was just outstanding. It was served with veggies and mushroom sauce as well.
During our second visit, we went all out with the ordering to taste more of what this place has to offer. We went for the Beef Fondue, Salsiccia Pizza, Lamb Shoulder, and the Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo.
Its an easy call that one of our favorite dishes is the Beef Fondue. The dish is served with prime beef cubes that you could cook in hot oil. Along with the dish is a pot stove where you could dip your beef cubes to cook. The dish is sided by grille vegetables and golden hash browns. It remains consistent that the beef is tender and tasty, no matter the manner of cooking. You could also taste the smokiness from the grilled vegetables and the hash browns were fried to golden brown.
The only dish that is regular in our restaurant visits is the Fettuccine Alfredo. We always love the taste and texture of creamy white pasta sauce. The communal taste of the dish, however, is complemented by its peers.
Another amazing slab of meat that we found delightfully tasty is the Lamb Shoulder. Its cooked in red wine sauce and the meat has that sweet aftertaste to it. Again, it is cooked to perfection with its very tender texture and mouthwatering presentation.
Finally, the Salsiccia Pizza. This was the dish less appreciated among our orders, but it was never the least delightful. The sausage chucks were very chunky and has the right level of spice. The fresh tomatoes were juicy, and the cheese stretches out for miles.
To make everything harmonious, we ordered a couple of glasses of Dante Robino 2017 Malbec that complements well with the Beef Fondue and the Lamb Shoulder.
Something quite disappointing is that they only have four dessert selections. But we never say that our visit is complete without having our fare share of sweets. We ordered the Burnt Homemade Ricotta Cheesecake a la Mode and the Antipolo’s Best.
The cheesecake was light and creamy. It is served with homemade vanilla ice cream which complements the cake well.
The Antipolo’s Best, is one of the best local spin-offs in a dessert we had so far. The term “Antipolo’s Best” refers to three of the specialty products of Antipolo: Suman, Mango, and Cashew nuts. The dessert is served in a warm gooey flambee and homemade Butternut Ice Cream. The Suman is I would guess also lightly fried to keep the outside crunchy.
The desserts were topped off by our selection of House Blend Drip Coffee and Cappuccino a la Vieux Chalet.
All in all, the experience in this place is a daydream come true. A cozy ambience, hospitable crew, the magnificent view, and the delicious food comes together nicely in a humble home. This is a place where old fashioned customer service is the earmark and relating with your customers’ expected experience of the place is the mission. So far one of the best dating places to go to where you would find peace and quiet from the weekday drifts.
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