When it comes to lunch on the mountain, Engelberg is no match for the likes of Zermatt or the Val di Fassa in the Dolomites. That’s not to say the food’s bad: but you should expect hearty Swiss standards rather gastronomic fare.
A lot of people end up eating at Cafe Ritz in the Gasthof Gerschniealp because it’s the first place you reach at the bottom of the Laub – one of Engelberg’s signature off-piste runs. It’s a rather functional establishment, although the cheese dishes are good and filling. What’s more the cheese is made from milk produced by the cows on the pastures immediately outside. So you can eat the Laub as well as ski it!
Other restaurants on the mountain include Fürenalp – a homely place with a lovely sun terrace; a panorama restaurant at the top lift station on the Klein Titlis; and Restaurant Trübsee, set at 1800m – a self-service with gorgeous views of the lake. Half-way up the mountain is the newest addition to the mountain-restaurant scene, the Ski Hut Stand, which has an open fire, and – fantastic idea, this – a separate room where skiers can eat their own picnics.
There’s a good choice of restaurants in town, with the Spannort the pick of pack. Horse steak is a real favourite…but there’s plenty more besides on the menu, which mixes traditional Swiss favourites with more innovative dishes. Meanwhile, Axels serves light Mediterranean cuisine and Alpenclub Garni is usually buzzing and is the go-to place for fondue.
At Ski Lodge Engelberg the Brasserie Konrad mixes Swedish, Swiss and Italian influences. Try the Jerusalem artichoke soup with terrine of pork and cress to start, or the lamb with goats cheese and lemon, served with red wine sauce for a main course.