One would argue the cuisine at the iconic Kronenhalle is French. Some may say Swiss. We very much like to think of it as international. Like the crowd that beautifully blends in with the art masterpieces lining wood-paneled walls in this century-old restaurant.
It’s been a few years since I first walked in this space just out of pure luck cause randomly walking by it triggered my curiosity. At the time I didn’t have the chance to dine here. Fast forward 4 years and again as luck would have it, we take a seat on the upper floor of Kronenhalle for a full on Swiss dining experience.
Dating back to 1924, the restaurant offers French-influenced Swiss dishes like rösti and a massive chateaubriand, and chocolate mousse which is generally ordered with extra-whipped cream. Of course we go for the veal with rösti, but we also opt for a fine-sliced carpaccio, a creamy buratta and a fluffy risotto. And we’re fully rewarded for it. Of course this type of cuisine is heavy but thankfully the serving is paced so the night feels very easy.
The place is packed with well-groomed travellers, foodies and locals – all in for the same treat. The classic cuisine and allure of a restaurant that almost feels like a museum or art gallery. Expect a stunning, museum-quality art collection, with works by Picasso, Miró, Rodin, Bonnard, and several more – many of whom once dined there. Downstairs in the main room, the high ceilings create an even more daring ambience, as well with a proper tucked in a corner bar featuring a full list of fine alcohol.
Cheers to a classic one!