Swiss Cottage: Your Long Lost Swiss Dream?

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One of the many cool things about restaurants is that they can take you places you may never get the chance to visit. Imagine walking to a restaurant near your home that offers you a completely new experience of a very distant place, how cool would that be?

This week we decided to try Swiss Cottage, a small restaurant located in a side street in Degla, Maadi. It offers authentic Swiss cuisine and even lets you cook some of your food on the table!

When we arrived, we were impressed by the indoor and outdoor decor. The place looked very eccentric; filled with paintings and cute little toys everywhere. The lighting was dim, but perhaps this was because it advertises itself as more of a date night place.

The waiter showed us the menu and recommended the restaurant’s signature dish: the Cheese Fondue. We ordered that along with the Chicken Table Grill and waited for our meal in anticipation.

After about 20 minutes, the Cheese Fondue made its way to our table. It was basically a pan with seven types of melted Swiss cheese in it, and it’s put on a tiny heater so it won’t get cold. It came with a basket full of bread cubes and a long fork. Upon tasting it we felt like its flavor was slightly dominated by Parmesan or Romano cheese. We were a bit disappointed because we wanted the more exotic cheese flavors to pop, rather than just the ordinary cheeses we’re used to eating in Egypt.

The cheese fondue

After about 30 minutes came the Chicken Table Grill, and the best part is that we cooked it ourselves! It arrived raw, the waiter plugged in a mini grill, and we started to cook. It was cut in thin slices so it was cooked quickly and we ate it with four equally delicious sauces. The chicken was well-marinated so it made up for the lacking first dish, and it came with a side of plain white rice.

The chicken on the electric grill

Despite our disappointment with the Cheese Fondue, we decided to try its sweet counterpart for dessert: the Chocolate Fondue. Made of melted Swiss milk chocolate, it included a variety of items for dipping, such as cake, biscuits, bananas, kiwis, grapes, cherries, apples, and peaches. The chocolate taste was strong but not too sweet; it was similar to the flavor of Toblerone and guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Sides of the chocolate fondue

Swiss Cottage is very suitable for the winter because the food there is very rich and high in calories, so we wouldn’t recommend it during the summer - not during daytime at least. Unfortunately, the portions were small compared to the expensive prices, which was disappointing.

Overall we didn’t really get the experience we were expecting, but it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re a cheese and chocolate lover!

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