Exquisite Swiss cuisine at Chesa (Hong Kong)

August 5, 2013 in Food, Hong Kong, Reviews, Travel by pacejmiller

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We were not in Hong Kong for long, so we asked for recommendations to the best the island has to offer. A friend immediately offered Chesa, a Swiss restaurant tucked away inside the grand Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, a popular “bets kept secret” dining option for Hong Kong’s rich and famous.

Being in the Peninsula, you know Chesa is not going to be a cheap meal. Chesa can set you back around HK$500 (AU$75) per person or more, though there is also a rather affordable lunch set for HK$350 (about AU$50) each. Not bad for a restaurant of this kind.

It is also important to note that they have a smart casual dress code, meaning no open-toe footwear or plastic shoes, and sleeveless shirts for men, who must also wear long trousers after 6:30pm.

Chesa‘s signature dish is its cheese fondue, where you get a massive pot of cheese for you to dip an assortment of goodies in. Think chocolate fondue, but with cheese. It was a tempting option, but since we were planning on a lot of eating throughout the day, we decided against it as it did seem quite heavy.

In the end, we went with a 3-course meal each, comprising house bread, a starter, a main course and dessert, plus some petits fours.

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The starters were phenomenal. We got a salad with quail, which had a lot of flavoursome quail made to perfection and a little bit of greens to make it a “salad.” I can’t quite remember the other starter except that it was extremely cheesy and awesome. I think it’s the sliced raclette, which is essentially slices of melted cheese. Yum.

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Since we didn’t get the cheese fondue, we looked through the menu and asked for recommendations for the mains. A lot of them seemed a little too risky for my liking so we went with safe options such as the roasted duck breast and a good old schnitzel. The duck was very good, but not the best I’ve had (a little chewy, if I remember correctly), but the schnitzel was about as good as you could get. The tartar sauce and the side potatoes were phenomenal and went with it perfectly.

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Last but not least, the desserts and the petits fours. The photos are pretty self-explanatory, but I will assure you that they tasted as good as they look. Phenomenal stuff, especially the lemon tart.

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I have been to Switzerland and I didn’t have anything as good there as I did at Chesa (though to be fair that’s probably my fault). I can definitely see why it is such a popular place — great location, wonderful ambiance, terrific service, and of course, amazing food. If I get the chance I’d love to go back.

9/10

Details

Chesa

Address: 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Phone: +852 2696 6769

Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-14:30, 18:30-22:30

Official website: http://www.peninsula.com/Hong_Kong/en/Dining/Chesa/default.aspx