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Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

For Old Swiss Inn’s November offerings, they are serving up the Fondue Smorgasbord. Old Swiss Inn is known for its various specialty fondue dishes. Smörgåsbord is a type of Scandinavian meal, originating in Sweden, that serves buffet-style with multiple hot and cold dishes of various […]

Raclette 101: Why You Need to Add Cheese to Everything

Raclette 101: Why You Need to Add Cheese to Everything

There’s nothing like warm, melted raclette layered over a mound of potatoes, meat or even just by itself on an elegant white plate. The Fat Girls Day Out Team teach you what you need to know about having your next Raclette experience.

Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

[Updated: July 2019] Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past  70 years?  With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant, The Old Swiss Inn.

 

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An established character in the Manila dining scene that is unapologetically dissing fads and is able to stand still and proud. He is the more established adult, contented, and cultured. While the rest of your modern “fusion”  new entrants are the young needy millennial, busy finding their place in the city and growing rapidly in many different tangents.

 

Embedded in Manila’s Dining Scene since 1946

Founded by Swiss national Emil Landert and now celebrating its 70th anniversary. This is their first branch was on Dewey Boulevard, now known as Roxas Boulevard. Many people were captivated by its authentic Swiss cuisine, quaint wood interiors, and service.

 

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Scanned Original Photo of the First Restaurant in Roxas Blvd.

 

 

In the 1970’s the restaurant was transferred to a larger location in Paco to accommodate more patrons. In the 1980’s the Paco branch was destroyed in a fire but was eventually rebuilt and re-opened by Mr.Felix Limcaoco in 1990.

 

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Original Scanned Photo from OSIR Archives

 

Through the years, the Old Swiss Inn has grown to its present size of two (2) restaurants with strict adherence to uncompromising standards and consistency.

Swiss Cuisine and all its essence

Switzerland is known as a neutral country but they actually have many influences from Germany, Italy, and France. This confluence of flavors can be found in Old Swiss Inn’s menu roster where you can see and taste the influence.

Old Swiss Inn provides the new generation of customers the quintessential experience to European dining. It has all the beautiful textured layers of experience, a remarkable induction to Swiss menu staples. 

If you are fond of Fondue, raclette, and quality meats then you are in for a treat my friend.

 

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No visit to the Old Swiss Inn is complete without experiencing their tabletop Raclette.  There’s nothing like warm, melted raclette layered over a mound of potatoes, meat or even just by itself on an elegant white plate.

 

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Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.

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For those who want something lighter, try their Mother Earth Raclette, it comes with an assortment of fresh mushrooms, asparagus, and other assorted fresh vegetables. Each of these sets is good for 2-3 people.

 

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Mother Earth Raclette (Vegetarian), La Parisienne Raclette, and Wagyu Skewers Raclette 

For those meat eaters, we suggest the La Parisienne Raclette and the Wagyu Skewers Raclette, it comes with tenderloin and wagyu skewers, respectively, and an assortment of fresh vegetables.

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Staple Classics

The Old Swiss Inn’s dedicated patrons will be happy to know that its signature dishes still stay the same.

 

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Fresh Corned Beef 

For those of you, who grew up eating corned beef out of a can. This may come as a bit of a surprise. They boil beef brisket until its tender and then serve with sauteed cabbages and boiled potatoes. A crowd favorite, this is one of Old Swiss Inns most popular dishes, and personally our family favorite.

 

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Gnagi

Gnagi is also known as pork knuckles or can be said that it’s the German version of Crispy Pata. They boil, cure then fry the pork knuckles until its crispy. It’s crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. This is served with a side of sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

 

Bring these favourites with you at home

Take home or have your favourite Old Swiss Inn favourites delivered to your doorsteps as well– visit their Facebook Shop to order.

 

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Chocolate Fondue

Melted chocolate on a pan beneath an open flame. Take a few their homemade marshmallows and dip it in. Sinful, and elegant this simple snack is a sure winner for any age.

 

New Curated Dishes

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Skillet Scamorza uses Pinkie’s Farm’s Scamorza cheese. Smoked Scamorza (an Italian medium-soft cheese), cherry tomatoes, basil, and bacon.

 

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Skillet Cookie: Warm, gooey Skillet Toblerone dark chocolate cookie topped with homemade marshmallows cooked in an iron skillet and served warm in your table. Pair with milk, coffee, or vanilla ice cream.

 

 

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The Butcher’s Board: Angus Ribeye, sausages, house cured bacon, lamb chops, roasted vegetables, and choice of starch.

 

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The Establishments Like This Matters?

The perfect confluence of everything that is Swiss. The Old Swiss Inn Restaurant having two (2) quarter of a century worth of experience delivering quality and taste to the Filipino market.

For us, Good Food is Good Food. Food quality and taste is KING. No matter how “IG-worthy” these new pseudo-fusion restaurant is people will continue to come back and will turn into as a repeat customer if the food that is being served to them is something valuable, good, and consistent.

 

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Through its history and consistency, the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant is able to continue being relevant from 1946 up to this very day while you are reading this content. Why? because it doesn’t follow and jump quickly to the latest fad. They stick to their vision and values:  unapologetically serving comfort food that is neither haute or fusion.

 

Why Go?

There’s no better place for Authentic Swiss and European cuisine like the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant. Why? Because 70 years of marketability and credibility are the only proof of concept that you need. Did we mention they were also this year’s winner of People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite European Restaurant” for 2018?

You go to this kind of places for the food, for the consistency of taste and the stories that were told between its wooden walls. The Fat Girls Day Out crew will sure to be regulars for more years to come.

 

 


 

The Old Swiss Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Old Swiss Inn (book a table here)

  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251
  • Open 24 hours
  • Paco: Garden Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1030 Belen Street, Paco, Manila
  • Contact: 521-3002, 526-2739
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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La Carnita: First Ever Grilled Nachos? Yes, Please!

La Carnita: First Ever Grilled Nachos? Yes, Please!

The mix of cheese, beef, and beans in a happy harmony of flavors that dance in your mouth. Truly the most addicting nachos around.

Bella Notte at Finestra, Solaire: Ladies Night on a Friday? Why not?

Bella Notte at Finestra, Solaire: Ladies Night on a Friday? Why not?

Unlimited Wine, Fine Liquors, Cheese, and Appetizers? Head over to Finestra Italian Steakhouse where they do Ladies Night the right way.

Kko Kko: NO, Cheese Doesn’t Really Go Well with Everything

Kko Kko: NO, Cheese Doesn’t Really Go Well with Everything

For the past 8 years, there has been an influx of Korean tourists, and immigrants to the Philippines. Being a country that is known for our English Speaking skills there have been several ESL(English as a Second Language) centers established in different cities and towns all over the Philippines.

Eventually, these Koreans would move to the country due to the good climate, good people, and cheap standard of living. As with any citizen of the world, they bring their own culture, food, and language to our country. Two of the most popular things that have won the hearts of the local Filipino is their drama series and their beloved Korean fried chicken.

 

What is the difference of Korean fried chicken?

The main difference of American-style fried chicken and Korean style fried chicken is the crust. The American Style fried chicken relies on a think well-seasoned crust that is dipped into a batter of buttermilk,  that is evenly browned, just like KFC.

 

 

For Korean-style fried chicken, they use an Asian frying technique that renders out the fat in the skin, transforming it into a thin, crackly and almost transparent crust. The chicken is unseasoned, barely dredged in very fine flour and then dipped in a thin batter before going into the fryer. The oil temperature is a relatively low 350 degrees, and the chicken is cooked in two separate stages.

Koreans cook their chicken is two stages:

Stage One:

They lightly flour the chicken then dip into the fryer in low heat at 350 degrees. After 10 minutes, the chicken is removed from the oil, shaken vigorously then allowed to cool for 2 minutes. This slows the cooking process and helps in not burn the chicken skin.

Stage Two:

They put back the chicken into the fryer, where the chicken is not smooth, and golden brown. It is then seasoned or lightly painted with a sweet or spicy Korean glaze. When done correctly, the sauce is absorbed adding flavor without making it soggy.

Koreans double fry their chicken to create that layer of crispiness and crustiness that the usual American buttermilk chicken usually has.

The first Korean Fried Chicken we had available here in Manila was Bonchon, Chicken and Beer, and Kyochon. Now, we have a new concept brought about by local celebrity Grace Lee.

Kko Koo: Home of the Seoul Chicken 

 

The interior of the restaurant is very bright and vibrant, a mix of industrial chic, with a rustic wooden touch. They have very night ceilings and nice fixtures. Walls are partly grass, wood, and steel. They also have an area of the main dining area with polaroids with customer comments and feedback.

Once seated, you notice that they have quite an extensive menu compared to most Korean Fried Chicken restaurants. We opted to order the Chicken Cheese Fondue so that we can try their most popular combination. It comes with onion rings, flavored fries, boneless chicken and a cheese sauce.

 

 

Like any Korean restaurant, they served us 3 kinds of appetizers: Kimchi, Sweet daikon, and pickled daikon.

 

Chicken and Cheese Fondue, 658 PHP

 

After ten minutes, we saw this overwhelming plate of cheese, chicken, fries, and onion rings. We opted to have spicy flavored french fries and the oh my garlic sauce on our boneless chicken. The presentation was very picturesque.

Since there are a lot of elements in this dish let’s break it down:

Boneless Chicken with Oh my Garlic sauce

The first thing I noticed was that the chicken was very soggy, the chicken pieces were drenched in the sweet garlic sauce. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any garlic in the sauce. It seemed to be a sweet soy based sauce with a bit of sesame taste. The meat itself was bland. The sweet glaze overpowered the flavor of the chicken.

When dipped into the cheese sauce, it works in contrast to the chicken but still not really enhancing the flavor.

Spicy French Fries

I love flavored french fries, unfortunately, this was too much. The spicy powder tasted like spicy ramen power on top of the fries. Each fry was perfectly coated and covered with the powder. It was so overpowering, perhaps a different flavor would have been better. The cheese would make the taste milder.

Onion Rings

The onion rings were thickly coated and cooked well. The thin strip of onion inside was forgettable. This part of the dish was very good with the cheese sauce.

Cheese Sauce

Their cheese sauce is served in a bowl of bread. The bread was hard on the outside and inside, it served as more of a container rather than for consumption. The sauce is composed of Cheddar, Quickmelt, Parmesan and topped with Mozzarella. The different kinds of cheese were mild and a bit sharp. The combination of the different kinds of cheese was quite addicting. This was my favorite part of the entire dish.

 

The cheese sauce was very gooey and terribly addicting. I hoped that we could eat the bread with the cheese though. I kept trying to get part of the bread but it was hard as a rock.

Despite the Korean Fried Chicken hype we are currently experiencing in the country, I don’t think Kko Kko delivers in terms of value for money, and taste. When I bite into my fried chicken I want to hear the crunch and the bursting flavors that come from the meat and the skin. Even their sauce was too sweet for my liking and made the chicken skin soggy. It was a very decent attempt, however, to combine these different elements in a single dish. The best part of the dish was the lone cheese sauce, everything else was nothing special. Their core product is supposedly fried chicken and they shouldn’t be serving a mediocre dish. Everything is overwhelmingly tasty to a fault. Overly hyped by these local food sites that does’t even guarantee the value and taste of they are endorsing to us, consumers.

 

 

Kko Kko is like a finding an interesting looking drama, reading the synopsis and proceeding to binge watch only to find out in the first few episodes that it’s poorly written and boring. I don’t think I’ll be back, but I do hope they improve their menu offerings.

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Kko Kko: Home of the Seoul Chicken

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Kko Kko Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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