Review: The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt, 1 Michelin Star

Review: The Chedi Andermatt Japanese Restaurant, 1 Michelin Star
The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt Has 1 Michelin Star

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The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt has 1 Michelin Star, so we made a point of trying it on our 2019 site inspection stay. The Executive Chef is Dietmar Sawyere, who started at London's Savoy Hotel and has worked in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, but Japanese sushi masters are the chefs you'll see at work.

The Japanese Restaurant Location and Hours

The Japanese Restaurant is located on the ground floor of The Chedi Andermatt, and is open for dinner nightly from Wednesday-Sunday from 6:30-10pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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The Japanese Restaurant Ambience

We opted for an early 6:30pm dinner, when the restaurant opened, so there were only two other couples there, both of them American, enjoying sushi at the sushi bar.

The Japanese Restaurant Menu and Food

The Japanese Restaurant offers a kaiseki tasting menu, as well as a la carte selections. Here's the kaiseki menu:

Kaiseki Menu, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review
Kaiseki Menu, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review

And here's the a la carte menu for sushi and other items:

A La Carte Menu, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review
Sushi Menu, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review
Sushi Menu, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review

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We were first brought warm oshibori towels to cleanse our hands, along with complimentary nibbles: regular edamame, as well as delicious truffle edamame, and wasabi peas.

Truffle Edamame, Wasabi Peas, Oshibori Towels, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review
Truffle Edamame, Wasabi Peas, Oshibori Towels, The Japanese Restaurant

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Next came an amuse bouche duo; my favorite was the hamachi, with perfectly crisped skin, and perfectly cooked delicate meat.

Amuse Bouche Duo, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review
Amuse Bouche Duo, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt

Next came our order of Duck Gyoza, which I'd heard raves about. It was very tasty, but I didn't think it was worth the CHF 36 for an appetizer portion.

Duck Gyoza, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt
Duck Gyoza, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt

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What was worth dining at the restaurant for was the Black Cod in Miso with Yuzu Miso sauce. Yes, it was also high priced, at CHF 70 for a main course portion that we shared (this being the trifecta of Japanese cuisine, in a luxury hotel in Switzerland), but unlike the gyoza, it was actually worth it. It was the best version of this dish I've ever had. It came with rice and miso soup to round it out.

Black Cod in Miso, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt Review
Black Cod in Miso with Rice, The Japanese Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt
Black Cod in Miso Yuzu Sauce, The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt
Black Cod in Miso Yuzu Sauce, The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt

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Asian restaurants, including Japanese restaurants, are almost never known for their sweets. Fortunately, this being Switzerland, we were offered a chocolate at the end of the meal. The contents of the chocolate box looked so incredible it was hard to choose just one, but I settled on a dark chocolate praline, which was fantastic. These are made by the in-house pastry team at The Chedi Andermatt.

Chocolate Box, The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt
Chocolates at The Japanese Restaurant, The Chedi Andermatt Review
Chocolates, The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt

The Verdict

I'm glad we tried The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt, and I'd go back just for that superlative Black Cod Miso dish. Given the excellent hamachi amuse bouche, I'd also order hamachi sushi. But although tasty, I wouldn't order the duck gyoza again, the value just wasn't there. Those with a sweet tooth can look forward to the dilemma of choosing from the tempting chocolate box at the end of the meal.

If you've dined at The Japanese Restaurant at The Chedi Andermatt, what was your experience?

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