Conceived as an uber-trendy chalet complete with aged timber cladding, the new restaurant melts seamlessly into the chocolate box allure of Zermatt, an allure that continues inside with a combo of cool hipster meets Alpine heat.
The vibe is chilled, relaxed and terribly cool, attracting an eclectic bunch of locals and visitors alike, who create a steady roar of conversation.
The fondues fly off the menu - including specialty dishes like the Fondue Deluxe, with Champagne & black truffle - and equally popular are the tabletop bbq cuts of prime meats followed by a dessert of yoghurt ice cream with warm cinnamon red wine plums – delish. Of course, Kirsch, crafted beers & local wines round off, and happy times are to be had by all. You can even take home the flavours of Ferdinand in handy take away fondue packets – irresistible.
Lauber, local born & bred, describes himself as hotelier & huntsman and should now firmly add restaurateur. He has triumphed again. The design bears his signature style of careful respect and understanding rooted in Alpine traditions, while infusing them with his unique modern, urbane and somewhat eclectic touch that makes this foodie joint, and hotel, profoundly stylish.
Stay at the fab hotel CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort, awe at the Matterhorn and whilst there, grab a few seats at the insanely popular Ferdinand - then just a few post-fondue steps into bed.
The CERVO is just one of the creative little pads you can find in our travel guide, and for all things foodie - from Alpine eateries to lakeside luxury at HECHT! and peek at our FOODIE genre, brimming with all things taste-bud tantalising.