featuring Hotel Ambassador and The Hotelier of Brig
Restaurant Cheminots at number three Saflischstrasse is the talk of the town. Travellers leave sated, and promise to return.
His menu is always a looking glass into traditional Swiss food, especially that of the immediate region – the Rhone valley known as canton Valais in French, canton Wallis in Swiss-German.
When available freshwater fish from Switzerland’s numerous lakes are transformed into mouth-watering dishes. La Pôchouse, the Burgundian freshwater fish stew in a white wine-vegetable stock, takes on a Swiss twist.
Veal has been an alpine ingredient for centuries, largely because it has featured in sausage-making. By putting the St. Gallen Olma-Brätwurst on his menu he is acknowledging the autumn farm fair in St. Gallen when half a million veal-milk sausages are consumed every year, thus paying tribute to a sausage some argue is the best in Europe.
Occasionally he puts on his menu the fabulous cordon bleu.
By serving lamb’s lettuce salad with sautéed bacon, boiled egg and garlic croûtons, he is telling his guests, don’t leave the canton without trying the delicious nutty leaves that can be found grown across the slopes of the valley and sold in the market stalls every Saturday.
Always available are local wines, especially the large white wine called Fendant, pressed exclusively from Chasselas grapes, that goes down well with fondue and other cheese dishes.
Of his signature dishes, several are typical Wallis, particularly the famous vegetable pie with apples, cheese, leeks, onions and potatoes known as cholera from the Goms valley, east of Brig. This is the Restaurant Cheminots version.
500 g puff pastry 400 g glocken apples, sliced 400 g potatoes, boiled whole, peeled, sliced 400 g raclette cheese, sliced 400 g onions, sliced, braised in butter until soft and creamy 200 g leeks, halved, sliced, braised in butter until soft Butter Egg for glaze Salt, pinch Pepper, pinch Nutmeg, grated
Preheat oven to 215°C.
Cover the base and sides of a cake tin with pastry. Prick the base lightly with a fork. Layer evenly with apple followed by the potato, leeks and onions.
Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Lay cheese on top, then a pastry lid, press edges of pastry together, prick lightly with a fork in several places.
Brush with egg and bake for an hour.
The traditional Gommer Cholera contained equal amounts of apple, cabbage and potato, half the amount of cheese, and was baked using a plain pastry dough.
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