photo (L): The Omnia Hotel ; photo (R) & recipe: m.charles

Auf dem Fels
CH-3920 Zermatt
Phone +41 27 966 71 71

In the eco-friendly resort town of Zermatt where the cars are electric and people are shockingly friendly, there is one restaurant that is getting alot of attention: THE OMNIA .
Located in the hotel of the same name, this relatively new restaurant was renovated and re-opened in June 2006. The modern interior by Ali Tayar (designer of Pop in NYC) revitalizes the traditional look of a chalet by using pale woods and 21st century design pieces. The restaurants menu (minimal as its interior) is an ecclectic mix of cultures and chalked full of delicate flavours. The wait staff is professional and attentive without being overbearing. It's clear that THE OMNIA expect its clients to linger for a while by providing comfortable seating and calm atmosphere.
Before you step out to brave the bitter cold Zermatt night, end your meal with a coffee and sumptuous treats in front of the fireplace.

Below is a recipe inspired from the menu:

Wasabi Panna Cotta


  • 300ml cream
  • 30ml milk
  • 1.25 Gelatine leaves
  • 1/2 tsp of Wasabi paste
  • 3/4 tbsp Sugar
  • pinch of salt

  1. 1. Add the cream, milk and wasabi to saucepan until wasabi is blended
  2. 2. Add sugar and season to taste. Whisk the cream mix and pass through a fine sieve.
  3. 3. Soften gelatin leaves in cold water.
  4. 4. Remove gelatine from water and squeeze out excess moisture.
  5. 5. Add to the wasabi cream, stirring to combine. (Cream must be warm enough to dissolve gelatine)
  6. 6. Transfer to another bowl and place in ice bath to cool. Stir to ensure even cooling while the cream begins to thicken
  7. 7. Pass through sieve again.
  8. 8. Pour into plastic moulds and refridgerate until fully set for about 3hours.

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Degustation notes: Light brown color and a infatuating bouquet of cacao, vanilla and tobacco. Very rich and tender on the palate with a smooth and long finish. A wonderful and unique composition. Exclusive offer in Switzerland by Vini Vergani.

Some other recommendations for Zermatt:

Le Gitan Off of Bahnhofstrasse, this small restaurant serves hearty seasonal and traditional food [like grill herbed lamb and fondue]. Frequented by the locals, this place is always busy so book in advance. (Bahnhofstrasse 64, CH-3920, Tel. +41 27 968 1940 /Fax +41 27 967 89 44 ,

Hennu Stall for apres ski. A lively atmosphere and a great reward for spending the day on the slopes. Great place to have a flirt and a dance. Tel:+41 79 213 36 69

Le Petit Hotel. A boutique hotel with quaint rooms but outstanding service. The staff is accommodating and helpful. (Metzggasse 38, CH - 3920, Tel: +41 27 967 59 00 / Fax: +41 27 967 59 03,