Aside from its fine foods such as cheese and chocolate, Switzerland is most commonly known for its neutrality during contentious events, such as rock, paper, scissors battles between France and Italy. Avoid taking sides with today’s Groupon: for $34, you get a tasting menu for two at Swiss Chef Restaurant in Van Nuys (a $68 value). The meal includes:
- Two Swiss kir cocktails (a $12 value)
- Two appetizers (a $20 value):
- Shrimp scampi
- Mozzarella marinara
- Two entree samplers (a $24 value), each with:
- Penne gorgonzola
- Angel-hair pasta
- Two cappuccino semifreddo desserts (a $12 value)
The chef in Swiss Chef Restaurant refers to Chef Ueli, who brings nearly a half-century of experience at hotels and restaurants in Europe and California, including 16 years as chef-owner at Adriano's Ristorante in Bel Air. Chef Ueli specializes in menus interlaced with Swiss, German, Italian, and French cuisines. Begin by sipping a Swiss kir cocktail, then play nice after heated thumb-wrestling matches with a pair of shared appetizers, including mozzarella marinara and shrimp scampi draped in garlic-butter sauce. Meals then take off with an entree flight, which lets forkplanes alight on a pasta trio of penne gorgonzola dotted with peas, gnocchi drizzled with pesto, and angel hair tangled in a tomato-basil sauce. After dinner, cappuccino semifreddo chills diners with its sweet, frosty flavor and penchant for telling ghost stories.
The dining room’s white walls nicely offset bold red booths and chairs, and wall mirrors allow self-conscious meals to continually check their teeth for parsley. A stone-topped bar wraps around an arsenal of liquors, and wine glasses hang from brass racks, waiting to be plucked by wine-pouring bartenders.
Swiss Chef Restaurant
For more than four decades, chef Ulrich Huegli—or Ueli, as he's often known—has been crafting Swiss-inflected cuisine in a variety of California restaurants. At his latest culinary home, Swiss Chef Restaurant, he lightly breads veal for wienerschnitzel, and grills hearty veal bratwurst, among other traditional alpine specialties. Some of his entrées range further afield: steaming bowls of Hungarian goulash brim with stewed meat, noodles and vegetables, and pastas such as gnocchi and rigatoni bolognese add Italian flair, much like nicknaming the entire kitchen staff “Flavio.” Frosty mugs of international beers—such as Erdinger and Bitburger—issue from the full-service bar, which also serves wines and cocktails.
13727 Victory Blvd.
Van Nuys, California 91401