The Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant at Turramurra is loved by Europhiles for its authentic Swiss food and drinks, but this restaurant is much more than just a place to grab a meal – be prepared for Absinthe, flambé, accordion playing and a robot!

Famous for cheese fondue and crepes Suzette, The Matterhorn is Sydney’s only independent Swiss restaurant and has earnt a reputation as a good one. Owners, Liarne and Roland Schai, opened the restaurant after the first Covid lockdown in July 2020 and it has quickly become one of the Upper North Shore’s standout restaurants.

Roland brings over 40 years of experience to the kitchen in his role as head chef and creates monthly changing menus that celebrate seasonal produce.

Dishes, such as The Matterhorn’s signature Züri Géschnatzlets (veal strips in a creamy mushroom sauce), are inspired by Roland’s childhood culinary experiences in St Gallen, Switzerland and his classical training at The Hotel Montana in Lucerne.

There is a theatrical element to every dish, such as the showstopping Crepe Suzette that is flambéed at the table, and their signature Cheese Fondue for Two served with bread, potatoes, and pickles.

As part of The Matterhorn’s sustainability commitment, Roland recently launched a farm-to-fork programme and will be growing the majority of the restaurant’s herbs and vegetables.

“This is to ensure we serve quality, seasonal and sustainable produce with no packaging,” Liarne explains.

Another exciting change is their updated drink menu that features new wines, schnapps, and absinthe (which originated in Switzerland in the 1800s) that Roland sourced on his trip to Switzerland earlier this year.

“We are the only restaurant to carry Swiss wines and we are very proud to say we have five whites, five reds and one sticky on our wine list starting next month,” Liarne says. “All of these products have been unavailable in Australia until now.”

Renovations are also nearly complete for The Matterhorn’s new cocktail lounge, which features an absinthe foundation so it can be served with the traditional absinthe ritual of adding ice water and a sugar cube.

In what is probably the biggest surprise of all though, among so much wonderful Swiss tradition, is the new robot waitress, Bella, who came on board during COVID.

“We brought Bella on in December 2021 due to the severe staffing shortages in our industry,” Liarne explains. “She is still in use as a food runner which allows the staff to spend more time at the table with the guests ensuring they have everything they want.”

The Matterhorn is loved by Europhiles for its authentic Swiss food and drinks and dazzling desserts, but it’s obvious this restaurant is much more than just a place to grab a meal.

“We have created an ambience of old school Europe where you feel like you have stepped into a restaurant in the heart of Switzerland…,” Liarne describes. “The kitchen is open and in the middle of the restaurant so guests can see their meals being prepared and speak to the kitchen as they walk past.”

If you’re booking, aim for a Friday and you’ll also catch the live accordion player and perhaps even learn a yodel or two!

The Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat – 5:30-11pm, Sun-Mon – closed
Address: 1305 Pacific Highway, Turramurra, NSW, 2074
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