We met friends for dinner at Cafe Suisse, in the Suisseotel, on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I read reviews that described the place as a hidden gem, and I have to concur.
The restaurant was practically empty, so when the host tried to steer us away from one of the comfy looking booths, I had to speak up. Don't ask, don't get, right? Well, I'm very glad I spoke up, the booth was wonderfully comfortable for our party of four, with buttery soft leather seats, and glass panels separating us from the booths on either side of us.
Our friends had already had an early dinner, so we did most of the ordering, and, planning to save room for the chocolate fondue dessert, we stayed away from the heftier entrees.
I had a Caesar Salad, hubby had a Baby Spinach and Bacon salad. We also ordered Beef Carpaccio, and an order of cheese fondue for the whole table before we moved on to the chocolate fondue for dessert. The waiter suggested we get half portions of the salad, which wasn't an option on the menu. We were grateful for the suggestion- they could have just soaked us for the cost of a large salad, which was a few dollars more. Actually, across the board, the service was very good. Our waiter was wonderful, and the bar manager was helpful with suggestions for a replacement for the scotch my husband originally ordered that they were out of.
My salad was good- nothing particularrly spectacular, but the lettuce was fresh and the dressing appropriately anchovyish. Hubby really enjoyed his spinach salad. The Carpaccio was wonderful- each slice was a little bit of melt-in-your-mouth beefy heaven.
The fondue was a fun affair, with a large pot for us all to share. The cheese mixture had Emmenthaler, Raclette, wine, all the things a good fondue should have. For dipping, we had cubes of bread, gherkins, pickled onions and cherry tomatoes. Maybe it's just the pregnancy talking, but I really enjoyed the gherkins dipped in the cheese!
But the highlight of the night was definitely the chocolate fondue (which wasn't listed on the menu, so I'm not sure if it's only available as a special.) The semi-sweet creamy chocolate was wonderful on its own, and one friend tried to discreetly finish it off with a spoon after all the dipping accompaniments were gone. It came with a plate of assorted fruit (strawberries, melon, banana, pineapple) and some large marshmallows. I think it also needed something cakey- like angel food or pound cake.
The atmosphere was muted and elegant, but hubby didn't feel very out of place in shorts. It wasn't particularly cheap- with a bottle of wine, a glass of Laphroiag scotch and one espresso, and the abovementioned food, bill was something like $140 with tax.
But it was a very enjoyable experience and we'll certainly be back!