Swiss treats get a makeover

tasty September 10, 2017 12:30

By The Nation

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The creative juices have been flowing in the kitchens at Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in recent weeks as the hospitality firm’s director of Food & Beverage Europe reinvents traditional Swiss dishes.

Thomas Hollenstein has married tradition with the culinary innovation for which Movenpick is famous, taking Swiss recipes that reflect the brand’s rich heritage and reimagining them to appeal to the modern palates of guests and diners around the world - local cuisine with global appeal. 

The result is a spectacular new array of “Signature Dishes” that have now become a permanent fixture on restaurant and in-room dining menus at every Movenpick hotel and resort globally.

Bringing local Swiss flavours with a unique twist to its discerning guests, the new dishes range from beef tartare with toasted brioche to a light but flavoursome carrot cake that is ingeniously gluten free. These dishes are quintessentially Swiss, but have been updated to reflect contemporary tastes and trends, explained Hollenstein. 

“We made the recipes for these dishes lighter and fresher, but at the same time, retained the ingredients and flavours that have made them so popular for decades,” he said. “The result is a menu of new contemporary classics that appeal to the palate of modern diners. These dishes give a nod to Movenpick’s Swiss roots, reflect the brand’s 70 years of world-renowned gastronomic experience and showcase once more its culinary inventiveness.” 

The four signature dishes are a Beef Tartare in mild, medium and fiery options with brioche toast and butter. Riz Casimir is curry with tropical fruit flavours that suggest an exotic origin. Zurich-style veal is this quintessential Swiss dish combining succulent veal with a mouth-watering cream and mushroom sauce, served with a traditional crispy roesti. “Carrot Cake” is a modern take on the traditional Swiss ‘Ruebeli Chueche’, a contemporary gluten-free carrot cake that’s light to bite but big on flavour, and comes topped with a smooth and velvety cream cheese frosting. 

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