Basel’s culture, elegance and rich history is very much reflected in the city’s award-winning restaurants.
Offering local and international cuisine in beautiful peaceful surroundings, Elite Travelers will have little difficulty in discovering gourmet perfection. Among a host of restaurants serving impeccable food, here are our top tips for the Elite gastronome.
Style / Ambiance: In the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Basel’s grandest hotel, you’ll find the multi award winning fine dining experience, Cheval Blanc.
This restaurant sits proudly at the top table of the world’s greatest restaurants, holding two Michelin Stars and 18 Gault Millau points. Chef de Cuisine Peter Knogl was crowned in October 2010 “Chef of the Year 2011” by the Gault Millau Swiss restaurant guide and since 2007 has taken diners on an epicurean journey through the realm of senses. Chef Knogl’s menu is based on the best in season market fresh ingredients, which are then transformed into astonishing creations from the world of Mediterranean haute cuisine. The riverside dining room sets new standards in terms of décor and service. Maitre d’hôtel Grégory Rohmer and Sommelier Christoph Kokemoor orchestrate an impeccable service in a elegant dining room featuring swag curtains and shimmering diamond chandeliers. The exclusive and extensive wine list features extremely rare names, as well wines from Château Cheval Blanc, after which the restaurant is named. During the fine summer months the wonderful Summer Terrace offers diners the opportunity to gaze out over the Rhine whilst enjoying award-winning food.
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Style / Ambiance: Noohn is an incredibly stylish urban Asian fusion restaurant, spread over an incredible 6,500 sq ft and the perfect place to spend your evening.
The restaurant’s centerpiece is its fantastic Sushi Bar, where dishes are freshly prepared in front of guests and then circulated around the bar via an invisible, magnetically driven conveyor, a world first and specially designed for Noohn. When the temperature rises, Noohn boasts an à la carte Garden Restaurant complete with large parasols, subtle colors and a unique seating bench that runs around the perimeter of the decking. For the elite traveler seeking an aperitif or a post-meal drink, the Roof Top Terrace Bar and Lounge offers an incredible view of Basel.
RESTAURANT SCHLOSS BOTTMINGEN
Style / Ambiance: For a fairytale meal there is no better setting than the 14th century Bottmingen Castle, home to the renowned Restaurant Schloss Bottmingen.
The castle is surrounded by a moat and nestled in a romantic park just south of Basel. Restaurant Schloss Bottmingen offers a fine-dining seasonal menu impeccably prepared by Chef Gilles Burnin and pâtissier Alain Schmidlin, who have been awarded 15 Gault Millau points. Bottmingen Castle is open throughout the year; diners can indulge within the gilded halls or toast warm evenings on the delightful summer terrace. This dining experience is truly elite and truly memorable.
Cuisine: Seasonal Swiss
Style / Ambiance: After the success of Blindekuh Zurich, in 2005 Blindekuh brought their unique culinary and sensory experience to Basel.
Dinner is served entirely in the dark, and guests are waited on by blind or partially sighted staff, who expertly guide you to your table and ensure you are attended to throughout the evening. The aim is to encourage diners to use alternative senses: smell, hearing and touch to enjoy their culinary experience. This groundbreaking restaurant also features the fully lit Sicht-Bar, an ideal spot for a pre-dinner drink, or post-dinner review. Blindekuh pride themselves on their work with the Swiss Blind-Liecht Foundation and providing jobs for partially sighted and blind employees. Blindekuh Basel Sicht-Bar and event room are available for exclusive use, should the elite traveler wish to treat their guests to this unique experience in total VIP exclusivity.
Style / Ambiance: Restaurant Löwenzorn is situated in picturesque Spalenberg, the thumping heart of Basel’s old town.
This impressive destination restaurant is housed in an historic 16th century building and effortlessly combines history, superlative service and modern cooking, delivering a unique dining experience. Consisting of three townhouses, The Löwenzorn offers the elite traveler a choice of dining ambiance, from sophisticated dining rooms, grand halls and a romantic courtyard. For those seeking to amaze with fine dining in historic exclusivity there are two fantastic VIP rooms. These exclusive dining areas – the Intarsiensaal and Zunftsaal – are elegantly decorated with original artifacts and artwork. The Löwenzorn gives the elite traveler a gourmet experience to remember combining historic Basel architecture with exquisite food and atmosphere.
HOTEL BRASSERIE AU VIOLON
Style / Ambiance: Rich in history and legend, the Lohnhof is the perfect setting for the elegant Hotel Brasserie Au Violon.
The building dates back to 1060, and between 1821-25 it was the town’s police headquarters, becoming a prison from 1835 to 1995. Fortunately, today’s owners, Nadia and Frédéric Würtz, are far more welcoming. Au Violon offers a wonderful French-themed menu, that is shaped by the seasons and prepared by experts. In summer, guests can enjoy the peaceful garden terrace, near the beautiful Lohnhof Fountain. The unique character of this former jailhouse makes for a dining experience you won’t want to escape from. Groups of up to 15 are welcome, and for larger parties the special banquet room is recommended.
VIVA! Das Restaurant
Style / Ambiance: Viva! Das Restaurant opened in 2010 and is a welcome addition to the Basel gastro scene.
This wonderful light-filled space is beautifully furnished and has a classy yet relaxed atmosphere. The menu uses regional products of the highest quality and delicately prepared to retain original flavors. Wild herbs and plants grown from the Viva! garden are imaginatively used by chef, Erik Schroeter, who oversees a kitchen dedicated to delivering dishes of the highest standard. During the summer months Viva! opens its summer terrace, where diners can enjoy superb dishes alfresco while waiters circulate with individual trolleys laden with drinks, canapés, cheeses and gourmet bites. Saturday and Sunday all-day cooking classes are also on offer for elite gastronomes.
Style / Ambiance: St. Alban-Eck has been serving exquisite French, German and Swiss specialities to an enthusiastic audience for many years.
Located in a 750-year-old medieval building that still boasts the original oak door and stone settings, St. Alban-Eck is traditional Basel at its best. Carefully prepared under the watchful eye of Chef Mario Peters, the menu truly dazzles, with the signature Cheese Fondue the highlight of his fantastic selection. For the elite traveler, St. Alban-Eck offers the opportunity to dine in complete privacy in its exclusive first floor dining area. With a unique interior and incomparable service, St. Alban-Eck is the perfect place to taste history and fine dining in one mouthful.