We planned our holiday travels at the last minute, so most of the hotels in the ski resorts were sold out. Many of the families who have been going to Swiss ski resorts for years have their rooms booked far in advance. We stayed in Klosters and took a day trip to St Moritz by train. You’re underdressed in St. Moritz if you aren’t wearing a fur.
We didn’t have time to see all of the over-the-top glamour of St. Moritz, but we had lunch at one of the most special restaurants in town, Chesa Veglia. It’s located in a farmhouse just above the famous Badrutt’s Palace.
Lunch in Switzerland starts closer to 1pm. We arrived a bit early so we arrived to an empty dining room, however, it filled up in no time with couples, families, and friends. Patrizier Stuben at Chesa Veglia offers a pre-fix lunch menu, but we chose some off-menu items, and the Chesa Veglia team created the best steak tartare we’ve ever had. Prepared and served tableside, Chesa Veglia’s steak tartare is customized to the guest’s taste, including horseradish, cognac, and Worcestershire sauce, served with toast and fries.
Since St. Moritz is close to Italy, we noticed more people speaking Italian and a corresponding heightened level of service. We’ve been really missing Piedmont and its amazing truffles and wine. Sure enough, Chesa Veglia had a tajarin topped with 30 grams of cheese and truffles, as well as an extensive selection of northern Italian wines.
In the evening, Patrizier Stuben is open for dinner. Or visit their pizzeria, famous for truffle-topped pizza or the more formal Grill Chafdafo.
Chesa Veglia, Via Veglia 2, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland Note: Badrutt’s Palace provided support for the reporting of this story.