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Saas Fee, Zermatt: Good, no-booking-required, informal places?

AlexRast | Jun 26, 201506:01 PM    

I'm wondering if anybody has good ideas in Saas Fee and Zermatt for a specific type of situation.

A group of us are going there to do alpine climbing. We'll be spending a week in the Alps. Most of this will be in high-level Alpine huts (half-board standard, i.e. breakfast/dinner) but we will have at least one dinner in Saas Fee and one lunch in either Saas Fee or Zermatt, plus possibly one other lunch in Saas Fee.

Since we're moving through the mountains (and climbing them), we'll be maybe rather scruffy-looking and certainly rucsac-equipped, although that will, I know, bat no eyelids in many places in both of the 2 villages. However because we'll be climbing, there are no hard-and-fast certainties about what time we'd be able to arrive anywhere, so booking isn't practical. Nor are restaurants situated at any considerable distance from the village centre.

For similar reasons we'll want to eat fairly heartily: substantive meals are a definite must! If they do local cuisine that is a plus, particularly if it's also an atmospheric place. It shouldn't be especially expensive although none of us will be averse to paying somewhat over the odds relative to what's on offer. While we won't be under any particular time pressure, and probably indeed in a mood to relax, our time isn't going to be so unconstrained that we won't appreciate efficient, prompt service. We'll definitely want somewhere we can sit down - and not on public benches or steps. They need to be open in the summertime, not winter-only restaurants since we go near the end of July. At least one of the days involved is a Sunday.

One of the party can't have cheese (although interestingly can have other dairy) so cheese-centric restaurants (e.g. fondue) are probably not going to go down well. What we do want is somewhere that actually has *good* food, somewhere that puts an effort into quality, not just somewhere expedient. Part of the potential trouble I see with the restaurant profile I've just outlined is that it's precisely in the "sweet spot" for the typical tourist trap which serves utterly mediocre and unmemorable meals without any particular regard for the enjoyment of their customers.

If anyone has some good suggestions please reply.

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