Given the positive reviews hereunder, I was looking forward to enjoying an excellent dinner. However, I left Ochsen with slightly mixed feelings. All in all I had a “decent” dinner - i.e. definitely not bad, but I missed the extra touch of passion.
The setting cannot be blamed: Ochsen is an impressive and beautiful Emmental house as in a postcard. The dining room is pleasant and cozy, boasting a very “gemütlich” atmosphere. Needless to say, everything is spotlessly clean.
The waitress was polite but not overly friendly. She did her job properly but I missed the extra touch of genuine hospitality.
The short menu puts focus on traditional Swiss specialties. As starter the Winter salad - seasonal green salad with cashew nuts, clementines, balsamic vinegar and olive oil - was fresh and tasty.
As main course I had the traditional “Kalbsleberli mit Rösti” - sliced veal liver with Rösti. It was tasty but the presentation must be improved. Indeed, my plate reminded me of a school canteen! On one side a splash of sliced veal drowned in sauce, on the other side a gargantuesque slice of rösti! Last but not least, the waitress took out my starter plate...and immediately brought me the main course: I would have appreciated a slower rhythm!
As dessert the plum sorbet with plum brandy was refreshing and flavourful.
In high-price Switzerland the bill remained rather moderate: CHF72 including 2dl wine. Had there been more “passion” in the food and service, I would have rated my dinner with 4 stars.
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