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“Food pure pleasure - Service with potential”
Review of Sommet Restaurant

Sommet Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 53 Restaurants in Gstaad
Cuisines: Swiss, International, Fusion
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Description: The Sommet restaurant is the jewel in The Alpina Gstaad’s crown, with one Michelin star and 17/20 Gault Millau points paying testament to the restaurant’s exceptional gourmet cuisine. Executive Chef Martin Göschel delivers creative dishes and a unique tasting menu. The restaurant also offers a superb selection of wines, including over 400 rare vintage bottles from across the world, hand-picked by the head sommelier
Reviewed 27 July 2015

FOOD - OUTSTANDING
We opted for the 8 course Chef tasting menu and did not regret it. While all courses were a joy for the eye and the palate the duck liver crème brulee (2nd course) stood out thanks to its creativity, the pigeon breast (4th course) was great and by far the best I've ever had - and you'll currently find the pigeon in (too?) many tasting menus, and the veal saddle (6th course) was a worthy climax of the great chef's tasting menu. In terms of taste only the smoked yolk with caviar (5th course) did not blew me away (but it looked fantastic). But that might be more because I've never been a huge fan of caviar. So all in all, a fantastic food experience! I would definitely go back.

SERVICE - FRIENDLY BUT TOO HECTIC
The crew was very attentive and to the biggest part also very very friendly but overall the service did not kept up with the food. There was too much running, far too much talking - the service was far too noisy. Of course we had a table near the entrance to the kitchen and there was a lot of walking by, but everybody knows that a hectic service rubs off on your guests. It was not the classy, unobtrusive and highly educated kind of service a 1 star and 18 point restaurant should have. I guess this is the compromise you have to accept when you are a family hotel too and have to serve a high level gourmet menu at one table and a burger with fries to a kid at the next table. So don't get me wrong. Overall the service was good, it is just not what you usually get at such restaurants.

THE DOWNER - NO SOMMELIER
But there is one thing I do not understand: The restaurant doesn't seem to have a sommelier (there was a wine guy though who poured a little bit of your wine in your glas every 3 minutes... for whatever reason). There was no wine pairing available to the tasting menu (!!) and even after asking for one and looking into the wine menu there was nobody coming to the table and explaining the wine menu and making suggestions. On the positive side: The wine selection is good, although the mark-ups are a bit too high on the high-end wines.

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1  Thank ACailles
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

Great and unusual composition of the best food. 18 points. Cook is an artist. Let them make suggestions.

Thank OliverPrange
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Reviewed 22 January 2015

Sommet with its Michlen Star Chef Marcus G lindner and warm atmosphere
is hard to beat! I was there with the family over Christmas and it was the best
meal we have ever shared.Elegant and tasteful,each course complementing the
last.Very well priced and we are sure to vist again.

L.Cordina

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Thank lynda600
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Reviewed 27 December 2014

Okay-if in Gstaad you should experience the Alpina, the town's new ultra-luxe hotel situated above (of course) the venerable Gstaad Palace at least once. From the moment one arrives, think "ultra-rich", although not necessarily ultra-chic compared to the "old" Gstaad. Tee shirts, dirty jeans, "designer" day-old beards beards and everyone holding iPhones like a baby's blanket: talking, checking out "what's happening" , taking selfies or pictures of the food. Mostly not talking to each other, the art off conversation apparently not exactly suited to the clientele.Maybe a few exiles from, shall we say, beyond the borders of Europe. Charm is not what you come here for. Having said this, for the most part the hotel is beautifully (and expensively) designed with rather good original art works and beautiful stone and woodwork.After a cocktail in the lounge (CH. Fr. 36 for a Hendrick's martini, a new world record in my experience), we dined in the Sommat, one of Gstaad's three one-star Michelin restaurants. Beautiful surroundings, excellent service and rather good food-but certainly not exceptional. My wife ordered a tagliatelle with scallops and saffron as a starter and I had the Dorade sashimi. She found the tagliatelle to be disappointing-too large a portion for a starter and lacking in any saffron taste. As a main we both had fish:monkfish for her and loup de Mer with spinach for me. Both dishes were well prepared. The wine list is, for a restaurant in this category, rather limited in selections but unlimited in price. We has a perfectly decent 2011 Chassagne- Montrachet from Henri-Boilot, but at CH. Fr. 180 it was not a give away. So would we go back? No. But if you are feeling lush, give it a try to experience how a certain (very small segment) of the population apparently enjoys their life.

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1  Thank plkmtk
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Chef Marcus G. Lindner was outstanding, his tasting menu is truly a delightful gourmet experience, with some truly magical, innovative, taste and texture combinations. His attention to detail in ensuring that each dish not only tantalizes, but dazzles is amazing. He seriously surprises your taste buds in the most subtle and yet innovative way, whilst all the time achieving a wonderful sense of balance not only within each dish but between each of the dishes also. He seriously merits his Michelin star and his place is assured with the greatest chefs – congratulations and thanks to him for the wonderful treat.
I have one quibble however, the service in the restaurant although exceedingly pleasant did seem rather frenetic and detracted somewhat from the overall experience. It would seem that more training is necessary, you couldn’t help observe that there was no order in the way that they were attending to their guests, everyone pitching in everywhere with the Sommelier even serving breakfast etc. (we stayed in the Hotel). The overall impression is one of “Italian relaxed” - rather than the more French attention to detail which would seem more in keeping with the standard of the Hotel.

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Thank Ian S
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