The One With Swiss Chalet – Smelly Cheese House

Tucked along the bustling Hart Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui is a neat cottage-like restaurant called the Swiss Chalet. I was having some time off a conference at a nearby hotel and my colleagues brought me to this restaurant.

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

Such attention to details, no?

The first thing that hit you when you enter the restaurant is its smell. Goodness, I had never ever been into a place that smelled so cheesy yet so good! Apparently Swiss Chalet is famous for its cheese fondue, but since it was a working day, it is not good to tuck into such, well, cheesiness. The food comma that is surely to follow will be too much to bear.

But nothing stopped us from having a (German) pint. Heh.

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

And so the waitress brought us some bread and butter to get started with. I was totally charmed by how the butter was “stamped” with the name of the place.

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

And so on to the set menu, of which I set out to try whatever sounded the most… interesting.

Russian Salad – Air-Dried Tirolienne Ham

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

There is really nothing taste quite like air-dried ham. The process itself takes weeks to complete, and still the ham is completely prone to go rotten, so good tasting air-dried ham is hard to come by. This one was a little too salty to my taste, thought apparently to the westernised palate this was alright. I can’t see anything special about the accompany salad though; what’s so Russian about it?

Deep-Fried Fish Fillets With Sauce Remoulade

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

Now this was superb. Served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, the fish was fresh and marinated nicely, making the accompanying wedge of lemon a little unnecessary as the fillets were fresh and tender. I like it that the banter wasn’t so thick that it overpowered the fish meat.

Cheese Platter

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

There were a total of seven different types of cheese on this platter, but for the life of me I couldn’t tell which is which. I just know which is smellier, saltier, more blander, sweeter etc etc. Some fine connoisseur I was.

A word about the place. The whole restaurant has a very cozy, homey feeling to it, like a cabin at a ski resort. Fixtures on the wall were some very interesting touch. Swiss Chalet is quite small so I can imagine it to be rowdy and noisy during peak hours, so choose your time wisely.

It was quite a remarkable experience. I would love to come back just for the cheese fondue one day!

The Swiss Chalet
12 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
2191 9197

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