I met up with an old elementary school classmate last week, and we went to a Swiss restaurant in Itaewon for lunch. It’s tucked away on a quiet side street, making it one of Itaewon’s hidden treasures, if you will. My friend says it’s one of Seoul’s only Swiss restaurants, and I don’t doubt it! Their specialty is fondue (would you expect any less?), so I was really, really excited. I love cheese.
Side note: Cheese and chocolate are the two main reasons I could never be vegan. Sometimes soy just doesn’t cut it…
Anyways, the restaurant is called Alt Swiss Chalet, and its wood-covered walls and cowbell decor make you feel like you’re no longer in Seoul.
We ordered a cheese fondue set and a pasta each (sorry I can’t be more specific). I had a Swiss-German pasta with a texture somewhat similar to gnocchi (but in pasta form). It was delicious – hands down the best pasta dish I’ve had in Korea.
The great food and fun conversation (three years worth of catching up!) made it a lovely lunch. I’m already looking forward to the cheese, wine, and carbo-loading that awaits me in Europe!