Welcome to our "signature" series where we focus on a hotel’s signature dish and/or cocktail. In the same way that cities and towns have local specialties to try, hotels develop signature items that guests shouldn’t miss — whether it’s a popular room service dish they’ve perfected, a cocktail named after the hotel’s longtime bartender, or a seasonal specialty that repeat guests always look forward to. These are the things that they love to serve, and that you’ll really consider going back for.
Before we all start eating ramps and strawberries, why not sit by the fire and indulge in something cozy and delicious one last time? The lucky guests at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland can really make it count by ordering the Champagne and Black Truffle Cheese Fondue.
This oozing, mouthwatering dish came about after the restoration of Gstaad Palace in the 1980s. Their seasonal restaurant La Fromagerie, which is decorated in true Swiss chalet style with thick wooden logs along the ceilings and banquettes and checkered tablecloths, got a makeover as well. To celebrate their reopening, they began serving this ultra-luxe fondue alongside their other varieties. The champagne and black truffle version was an instant hit. It’s made with grated local Gruyère, champagne, Swiss "vinzel" wine, minced truffles, planed truffles, and a touch of truffle oil.
The hotel is also home to three other restaurants, as well as their seasonal outdoor "snack and barbecue" eatery, and the GreenGo nightclub. And while the destination is a jet-setters chic ski and snowboard haven, the resort does boast year-round activities and seasonal eats.