Got an upcoming date night or special occasion? Instead of the usual Japanese, Italian, or French affair, perhaps it’s high time you turned to the Swiss for a one-of-a-kind (dining) experience at none other than Coucou Restaurant.
Step into the Duxton Hill restaurant and you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a cosy alpine cabin. It’s warm, it’s inviting, and it’s adorned with quirky handmade cuckoo clocks — very cute.
Having developed a reputation for being Singapore’s most authentic Swiss restaurant, it’s no doubt that the menu pays homage to traditional recipes, but with a modern twist.
Start off with the zesty, clean-tasting Salade CouCou (S$12), a curly chopped salad served with homemade ‘Grand Père’dressing, a recipe handed down by the owner’s grandfather.
Alternatively, the vegetable-averse can go for the Assiette Valaisanne (S$34), a selection of Swiss cold cuts and cheeses; or the Tartare de Filet de Truite (S$26), trout tartare with sour cream and green chilli.
Cheese lovers (or even lactose-intolerant folk who love living life on the edge) must try themselves to the signature Malakoff (S$12, One Cheese Dome), a crunchy golden spherical dome of indulgent deep-fried gruyére unique to only three villages in Switzerland.
Speaking of cheese, ask anyone to name a Swiss dish and they’ll probably say “fondue“.
You can dip cubes of crusty bread or boiled baby potatoes into a bubbling pot of melted Swiss cheese in the form of the Fondue Moitié-Moitié (S$38/person, minimum of two diners), prepared using an original recipe from Fribourg that incorporates alcohol.
But of course, there are other variations to choose from, including fondue with truffles, pumpkin puree, and even chilli padi, along with an alcohol-free option.
The other most well-known Swiss dish is, of course, rosti, which is served with an array of toppings here at Coucou Restaurant.
The Emincé de Veau à la Zurichoise (S$37) comprises crisp rosti served with a saucy veal ragout, while the Rösti Saumon Fumé (S$30) comes topped with smoked salmon, onion, capers, and sour cream. Either way, you’re in for a hearty and satisfying treat!
Other hearty mains include the likes of the Tagliata de Boeuf (S$48), grass-fed aged beef striploin served with herbs and a delectable garlic butter sauce, as well as the Filet Mignon de Porc aux Morilles (S$41), juicy pork tenderloin with morel mushroom sauce.
Pair ’em with a selection of Swiss wines and cocktails, such as the Williamine Mojito (S$18), a concoction with pear brandy.
As for dessert, the Meringues à la Double Créme (S$20), Swiss meringue crowned with berries, silky Gruyère cream, and a tart berry sauce, will delight the most dairy-obsessed.
Larger groups can go for the vegetarian-friendly Fondue au Chocolat (S$45), chocolate fondue with fruits, marshmallows, and assorted toppings for sharing.
All we can say is that you better be ready for an onslaught of cheese!
Reservations can be made by contacting +65 6226 0060, or emailing [email protected].
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