Chalet Ticino: Reviews | restaurant info + video | full episode video
Occupation: Custom Marketing Manager
Location: San Mateo
Favorite Restaurant: Chalet Ticino
Reviewed Chalet Ticino: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Chalet Ticino is an unassuming little Swiss-Italian restaurant in a strip mall in Foster City, located next to an Indian market. It has been around for 22 years and I only discovered it a few years ago. I initially found out about it online in a quest for fondue. Not too many places serve fondue nowadays, and those that serve it tend to be really fancy.
I have been introduced to a few Swiss dishes from this restaurant: Rosti - potato pancakes that are crispy outside, Bundener Raclette - a cheese and sausage plate with pickles and potatoes and of course the one I knew before - Fondue. Oh, how I love cheese - melty cheese with bread dipped in is even better...and when it comes in a tiny cauldron, I'm in heaven. There is a daily prix fixe menu that comes with a soup/salad, entree and dessert too. The fondue is what brings me back time and again though. Assuming I can round up a friend for fondue (because you have to order for two people) you can get cheese fondue, rosti and chocolate fondue for $18. If you order a salad before, it helps temper the feeling that your heart will explode from the decadence. You'll also feel better if you order a bottle of wine to go with. Toast to your health.
One of my favorite items is the Cream of Mushroom Soup. It’s savory and rich, but not heavy or over-filling. Most of the wines on their small list are under $30/bottle and European. I wasn't familiar with the different wines, but the owner has taken me through the list and helped me pick based on my tastes and what I have ordered. I haven't disliked one of them.
Occupation: Project Assistant
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: 20 Spot
Reviewed Chalet Ticino: Tuesday, January 7, 2014