This Swiss-Italian restaurant will satisfy your cheese craving
Say hello to creamy fondue at Kehl's.
Kehl’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant
163 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) There’s never a bad time for cheese—and the fact that you can have it any time of the day just proves that! For South folks, there’s a place where you can get your hands on some of the best cheese (and sausages) in town, which is just about the only excuse you need to go visit it soon.
Claiming any food spot as a must-try is a bit trite but there’s no better way to describe Kehl’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant. It used to operate under the name Swissdeli Restaurant; for those who've lived in the south long enough, you probably already considered the life-sized cow statue that welcomes the guests as a landmark. Don’t worry though, the restaurant might have a new name and a new location, but they actually kept this one quirky detail.
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with displays of a wide variety of cheese (from Raclette to Dutch Pesto Green), sausages, and other deli meats so you can easily hop down and get some to go. On the second floor, the vibrant walls and high ceiling painted to look like the sky give diners a very calming vibe.
Cheese lovers will never go wrong with the Cheese Fondue (P650) which comes with freshly made bread. Kehl’s does it the authentic way using Swiss Appenzeller, Emmental, Gruyère, and wine. This pot of melted goodness is the perfect meal to share with family and friends, and it's worth the drive even if you’re not from the area.
You can also try the Käse Platte or the cheese platter (P320) which has air-dried meat and assorted cheese—Monterey Jack, cheddar, Gouda Young, Gouda Old, and Dutch Pesto. The cheese depends on what’s available but it’s always an impressive and satisfying assortment.
Of course, if there’s cheese, there should be sausages! Kehl’s sausages are all produced by the owners in Davao. The take-out section is perfect for those who want to create masterpiece dishes in their own kitchen, but if you want a taste of everything first, make sure to order the Wurstplatte or the Sausage Platter (P400). It has four kinds of sausage (Veal Bratwurst, Hungarian sausage, Frankfurter, and English banger) served pulutan-style for easy sharing.
Schweinshaxen Mit Sauerkraut
Another must-try is the Schweinshaxen Mit Sauerkraut or the pork knuckles (P395). It’s served with home-made fermented finely cut cabbage and potatoes, and the tasty meat will remind you of a ubiquitous Pinoy dish, crispy pata. The meat is soft and juicy on the inside but crisp on the outside. There’s also the Lachs (P355) which has a vibrant flavor from the wine sauce that complements the richness of the salmon.
Cucumber Lemonade and Basil Lemonade
Kehl’s also now has an unapologetically delectable pizza menu. Make sure to try the Pizza Arugula (P320) with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and arugula. It’s made in the Neapolitan tradition so it has a crispy crust but it’s tender and juicy in the middle. Kehl’s makes their pizzas from scratch, which basically makes all the difference. Pair this with a refreshing drink like their Cucumber Lemonade (P120) or Basil Lemonade (P120) and you’re good to go.
The restaurant may be a cheese lover’s haven but it doesn’t mean it lacks in the sweets department. For dessert, order a Chocolate Fondue (P200) which comes with pretzels and marshmallows. With that price, this one is quite a steal. The Ice Café (P160) is also an indulgent dessert to clean the palate.
It's not often that a restaurant can make you feel like you're on vacation, but Kehl’s is pretty good at it. It's safe to say you’ll be a fan soon enough.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel