21, Road 254
tel: +20 (0)2 2519 7655, +20 (0)16 850 2236
NileGuide Expert tip:
You can take your own alcohol to Little Swiss; there is a 30 LE corkage fee
Little Swiss is a slice of cosy alpine sophistication tucked away amongst the greenery of Digla, al-Maadi
. As soon as you step through the doors, you are embraced by a pungently pleasant aroma of molten cheese: the restaurant specialises in cheese fondue, Raclette, and meat table-grills. In fact, Little Swiss serves only these dishes, which is a welcome contrast to the "Jack of all trades, master of none" approach taken by many Cairo restaurants.
Raclette is a traditional Swiss dish consisting of melted Raclette cheese drizzled over baked potatoes, and served with pickles. Many people choose to accompany it with cold cuts such as air dried beef (Grison) and salami. The trick here is that you melt the cheese yourself, at the table! You are brought a Raclette machine (sort of like a mini electric barbecue) and an assortment of spatulas on which to place the cheese. Once it's bubbling merrily away, pour it over the potatoes and you're off!
The meat table-grills follow the same DIY principle: you can choose from a selection of beef fillets, chicken pieces and chicken sausages, and cook them yourself at the table. These are eaten with rice and a variety of tasty sauces. As well as being slightly surreal fun to prepare, the food at Little Swiss is excellent: everything is top notch quality, and you literally cannot get any fresher.
For dessert, you can choose between meringues and ice-cream, or chocolate fondue. The Toblerone fondue is to die for. The challenge is to work out which pieces of fruit or marshmallow allow you to scoop up the most molten nutty-nougat-chocolate goodness!