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Five-flag rating for Switzerland fare

HI there! My name is Matilda Axelsson and I work in the Sweden Pavilion. Besides being a guide, I am honored to try World Expo food, and every week you can follow my culinary trip to different pavilions in this column and on Look for "Munching Matilda!"

In this week's search for delicious Expo food, I chose the Swiss Pavilion to explore the menu from the small alpine country in the heart of Europe. As a novice in the Expo restaurant jungle, I was excited to start in Switzerland since I had heard about a chocolate fondue-made little house. In China, Sweden and Switzerland often get confused since the Chinese characters in the names are similar, but although the countries are very different, most Swedes share the Swiss love for chocolate!

Cheese is another of my passions and my visit to the restaurant soon showed that I had come to the right place. One of the delicacies we were served was raclette, a traditional melted Swiss cheese served with baby potatoes. Raclette comes from the French word "racler" meaning "to scrape off" and that's exactly what the Swiss do. They melt the top layer of the cheese and when the surface is almost boiling they scrape it off and add some paprika for a marvelous taste.

Our friendly waiter said the restaurant aims to take guests on a culinary trip through Switzerland's different ethnic regions. The main course introduced some of them. The Swiss German Schwiinsbratw?rstli was one example - a grilled pork sausage with onion sauce, so tender and so tasty. The R?sti was fabulous - grated, fried potatoes, which reminded me of my childhood. Then we were served the Italian-like white wine risotto with lemon and "sbrinz" cheese, which almost melted on my tongue. Not to mention the Saltimbokka - chicken wrapped in cured ham with Ticino merlot jus. So amazingly good!

But this was not the end of the Swiss culinary fairytale. My chocolate fondue dream came true. I felt like a child on Christmas Day as I speared fruit on my chopstick and dipped it in some of the best chocolate I have ever tasted. That's all for this week, and keep munching!


"Everything you could ask for."


"Very knowledgeable and friendly waiter who suited the European-style restaurant."

Taste overall:

"Switzerland is a new favorite on the must-go-and-eat-their-awsome-food list."

Healthy overall:

"Chocolate can make you fall in love, I would say that is healthy."


"Definitely top notch!"


"Since it was storming, we couldn't take the cable car."

Over all:

"I am happy to be part of the first 5-flag Expo restaurant visit!"


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