There are always lots of new restaurants to try out in our area. The thing is, whenever I hear of a new place from my friends who live close by, I have to make sure that we try out it out right away because you never know how long the restaurant will be around.
I heard of Swiss Deli from my friends Vangie, Ivy, and Reng so I was curious. I trust these friends when it comes to restaurant recommendations because we have the same taste and standards when it comes to dining out. These are also my friends who cook and bake really well too.
Actually, this is the same group of ladies that likes to get together for pot lucks. We like to plan a menu, bring the kids together, and then put together a synchronised meal. One of our best meals to date is our Greek themed meal. That pot luck gathering was so good, that I think we might try and replicate it again 🙂
Last week, Ivy asked us to go for lunch and it was just what I needed as a break from all the work that I have been trying to catch up with. You know when you feel like you are constantly chasing the clock with projects to finish, deadlines to meet, and events to attend? Lots of my deadlines are self imposed (although some are not) and since I’ve been so overwhelmed a lunch with the ladies (at a new place) was exactly what I needed.
Fondue a mx of Swiss Appenzeller, Emmenthal, and Gruyere Cheese, served with bread (P600)
OH MY GOSH. The FONDUE!!! I know I was not being polite when we were eating this delicious melted pot of cheesy goodness. We opted to order without the liquor, and we didn’t miss it. It was so good, that even if by the end of the meal it was cooler and a little stringy, we were all still picking at it, to clean the bowl “nice and good.”
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Served with Tuna Chunks and Italian Dressing (P165)
These are my friends who like salad! (I do have friends who don’t eat any veggies.) Hooray for friends who like cheese and greens! Can you tell how happy my tummy was when this second dish came to the table?
Oh-one thing I really like to do when I’m out with these ladies who lunch is follow their lead. Since I have never been to this restaurant before, I asked them to just order what they would normally order and I guess they have eaten here often enough that they already know the best dishes for four ladies to split and pick at.
Next came the Smoked Salmon.
Smoked Salmon was served with Bread (P310)
It’s weird. I like smoked salmon, I like grilled salmon, but I don’t like salmon sushi. (unless it’s torched and on top of toshi but you should look for that post on Sushi Ninja later.)
Assorted Cheese Platter with Air Dried Meat (P300)
We like to pick. We sit around. Catch up on each other’s lives…and pick…and pick some more…and then before we know it, it’s time to pick up the kids from school.
Chicken Zurich Style (P210)
I enjoyed that this dish was done with chicken breast. It’s a healthier version that doesn’t sacrifice the flavor.
We were much too full to order the chocolate fondue-although I have to admit I gave it a thought. So, instead we opted for two desserts that we would all split.
Apple Strudel with Ice Cream (P120)
The Apple Strudel would have been perfect with coffee, since it had ice cream. If only, I didn’t already have my limit of two cups earlier in the day, I would have had another.
Caramel Cake (P120)
This Caramel Cake was delicious. It was chewy and moist. It had a cool caramel cream sauce that added another level of flavor and if that wasn’t enough it had fresh whipped cream and pistachios and walnuts resting atop the pillowy clouds of cream. My friends forgave me for taking more than my 1/4 of a share of this one…it was just so yummy. It was yummy in the way that corner brownies are yummier than the ones in the center. You know what I mean?
We were lucky enough to be dining during a time when owner Jeffry Lua was there with his Dad. As we were the last table to leave at the tail end of the lunch service, we chatted him up a bit. I was surprised to see that he also sells cheeses and other imported goods that often make it to the table in my home. There is a whole cooler full of sausages, sliced cold cuts, and even steaks.
We also learned that this particular branch of Swiss Deli is not the first! In fact Swiss Deli first opened in Davao. Thanks for bringing it here, Jeff…I love that it’s right around the corner from my place!
Swiss Deli Restaurant
321 Aguirre Avenue
BF Homes, Paranaque City