The Swiss Michelin Guide today awarded a third star to Schauenstein, a hotel restaurant in the town of Fuerstenau in Graubuenden, making it the first venue to receive the highest ranking in German-speaking Switzerland.
Near the ski resort of Laax, Schauenstein charges 220 Swiss francs ($223) for a seven-course menu. Andreas Caminada is the chef. The total number of three-star restaurants remained unchanged at two, because one establishment, Le Pont de Brent near Montreux, was downgraded to two stars as its management changed, Michelin said in a statement sent by e-mail. The second Swiss three-star restaurant is Philippe Rochat in Crissier, Canton Vaud.
The guide promoted three restaurants to two-star status and named 14 new one-star eateries, allowing Switzerland to keep its status as the country with the most Michelin stars per capita. The new two-star restaurants are Ecco in the Hotel Giardino in Ascona in Italian-speaking Switzerland, Homann’s Restaurant in Samnaun in the canton of Graubuenden, and The Restaurant in the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich.
“The Swiss gourmet dining scene has scaled to new heights,” Michelin said.
Under the Michelin ranking system, one star means a very good restaurant in its category, two means excellent and worth a detour and three stars means among the very best restaurants and worth a special journey.
Michelin & Cie., the world’s biggest tiremaker, is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and has been publishing dining guides for more than a century.
The 520-page Michelin Guide Switzerland 2011 goes on sale on Nov. 18.
The restaurants awarded new stars are: Three Michelin stars: Schauenstein, Fuerstenau, Canton Graubuenden Two Michelin stars: Ecco, Ascona, Canton Ticino Homann’s Restaurant, Samnaun, Canton Graubuenden The Restaurant in the Dolder Hotel, Canton Zurich One Michelin Star: Seven, Ascona, Canton Ticino Meridiano, Bern Schoengruen, Bern Osteria Tre, Hotel Bad Bubendorf, Canton Bern Neue Blumenau, Loemmenschwil, Canton St. Gallen Arte, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, Lugano, Canton Ticino Hotel Restaurant Panorama, Mollens, Canton Valais Moospinte, Muenchenbuchsee, Canton Bern Zum Alten Stephan, Solothurn Attisholz Le Feu, Riedholz, Canton Solothurn KunstHof, Uznach, Canton St. Gallen Conca Bella, Vacallo, Canton Ticino Le Montagne, Chardonne, Canton Vaud Capri, Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt, Canton Valais