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Swiss Resort Now Boasts Two Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | October 13, 2016

Swiss Resort Now Boasts Two Michelin-Starred Restaurants

PHOTO: Amazing Michelin-starred dining awaits at The Alpina Gstaad. (Photo courtesy Instagram/The Alpina)

You wouldn’t think to find one of the world’s best omakase meals sidled up next to an option of earth-shattering Wagyu Chateaubriand up in the Swiss Alps, but there you have it.

The Alpina Gstaad has some exciting news in the form of two Michelin stars spread out over two of its restaurants.

Sommet received a star back in November 2013. But it is it’s Megu restaurant that is popping champagne anew, celebrating its first nod from Michelin.

A press release depicts the impetus behind the award, which should spark curiosity if not a little hunger: “MEGU received recognition for its high-quality ingredients, artistic execution, harmonious flavors and beautiful presentations.  With cuisine that has both great finesse and flair, The Alpina Gstaad's MEGU is 'definitely worth the stop,' according to Michelin inspectors.”

For those of us nowhere near Switzerland let alone the Bernese Oberland region, Megu’s menu will have to suffice as far as to what we are missing out on.

Even that leaves us remarkably short of getting even a sample of what The Alpina offers. While we can certainly close our eyes and imagine how well the Wagyu beef is prepared, we have to simply wait until chance brings us to the location to see what chef has in store for the sushi portion of a seven-course omakase offering.

Chef Takumi Murase rolls out items like a crispy Okaki asparagus that comes nestled in a spicy rice cracker and a steak that is presented whimsically on a hot lava stone.

It sounds like equal parts romance and culinary ingenuity, perfect for the kind of resort that puts a heavy emphasis on the pleasure food can bring.

Eric Favre, The Alpina Gstaad's managing director, is understandably pleased with boasting two Michelin-recognized restaurants.

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Favre had this to say, via press release: “We are thrilled and very proud of this recognition from gastronomy's unchallenged authority. Our gifted chefs and their culinary teams are one of the key reasons our hotel continues to receive accolades. The Michelin star is a testimony to their dedication.”

There are plenty of lavish comforts in which to immerse yourself in the area. It seems like an embarrassment of riches for a place to now be able to boast the best Japanese fare in town and a restaurant that is now internationally recognized.

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