Restaurant Bären

We came back to Interlaken for dinner as we couldn’t find anything decent in Wengen, the restaurants there were mainly co-owned by the hotels, so the prices are slightly expensive for us, although we did have a few good recommendations. Another reason for coming back to Interlaken was because our hotel recommended a restaurant for good fondue.

Need to apologize that I mentioned raclette in the previous post, my mistake, it was fondue that I was talking about. We missed a chance to grab fondue back in Geneva, so this will be our first try at this traditional Swiss dish, usually eaten during winter. But since it was raining and it felt cold, we thought the weather would be better enjoyed if we had a warm meal.

Restuarant Bären

Restuarant Bären

We didn’t have reservations and we were quite lucky, they had an empty table for us. Look at the place, it was packed full of locals and some tourists. I still need to get used to getting reservations for dinner. Twice in Europe and I haven’t had it down yet. Just not the typical thing that I do back home.

“We’re lucky.”

The restaurant is located in Unterseen and is quite some distance from the usual tourist areas. But with the Swiss Pass, we could just hop on any bus and be there in a few minutes. The wonders of the all-encompassing ticket.

Tip: Despite what you’ve read so far, please make reservations for dinner if you intend on eating at the place that you want. I’m just lucky.

“I read online that we needed some wine, so that the fondue doesn’t stick,” I said.

Grape wine?

Grape wine?

I think we ordered some non-alcoholic grape wine to go with the food. The fondue is really melted cheese in a pot, and we would dip bread into it to soak up the cheese. You need to be a cheese lover in order to enjoy fondue. And it’s best to just order enough for two. We were a group of six and we found it just nice, with regards to the rest of the dishes we ordered. Fondue is meant to be a side dish and they come in servings of two. I think the perfect equation would be to order two servings less than the number of people eating.

Tip: You need to eat till the end, and scrape the final piece at the bottom of the pot.

This is fondue.

This is fondue.

Look at the cheese coated bread.

Look at the cheese coated bread.

The last crust

The last crust

Actually, fondue reminded me of a certain Chinese dish called steamboat. Except that with clear soup, it is replaced with cheese. The Swiss have the Chinese steamboat version too but it’s not a traditional dish. The last crust is especially tasty and in certain areas, they even share it with each other! It tastes like dried pork skin.

We also had a couple of their other dishes including rice and noodles. With chicken and veal. Veal seems to be part of their meal here. Most restaurants offer veal in various dishes.

Omelette

Omelette

Veal with sauce

Veal with sauce

Swiss version of chicken rice?

Swiss version of chicken rice?

Since the restaurant is packed with locals and tourists alike, I feel that it’s a great place to have your dinner here. Just make sure you have your reservations. The ambiance is quite cosy and most of the tables are bunched up together, with only a certain amount of elbow space in between. But don’t worry, you will feel welcomed here and please do try their fondue. Even though there might be some other places in Switzerland that offers a much better version, but in Unterseen, this is one of the best.

 

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