Named among the best mountain restaurants in the world by The Telegraph, Chez Vrony sits on Rothorn Mountain, a short ski down from the Sunnegga Express in the hamlet of Findeln. Housed in a rustic-chic Swiss chalet, it’s been in operation for 100 years and continues to be extremely popular. Lunch reservations are a must; request a seat on the deck for Matterhorn views, then start with the charcuterie plate, which features house-cured speck, bresaola, salami, ham, cheese, and a scoop of homemade rosti. From there, move on to the burger—Chef Vrony’s family raises its own beef, hand-packs burger patties, and uses perfectly seeded buns slathered with coleslaw and a secret sauce, making this a must-order even if it is quintessentially American.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
Swiss Tapas at Chez Vrony
Just up the mountain from Findlerhof, Chez Vrony is a large restaurant with a hip, contemporary design. The patio almost feels like a beach resort, with sun chairs and blankets. Vrony is the name of the owner and her brother is a local artist and designer who created the lamps, chairs, tables, and some of the paintings on the walls. Vrony specializes in curing its own meat. They have a cow in the summer to make cheese and then afterward they make cured beef. You can still get rustic mountain dishes, such as sausage or bread baked with cheese, but the restaurant also offers higher-end Swiss tapas.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
Hyperlocal Charcuterie at Chez Vrony
Chez Vrony was committed to locavore cuisine way before it became a foodie buzzword. This family-run restaurant has been serving rustic fare fresh from the land in the mountain village of Findeln for over 100 years. Cured meat is a house specialty, so order a charcuterie plate to start. The air-dried beef comes from cattle raised on the property’s lush Alpine grass, and the pungent cheese is made in-house as well. The modern interior is a welcome contrast to the region’s ubiquitous chalet aesthetic, but for the best atmosphere ask for a seat on the terrace with Matterhorn views.
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