While there are endless restaurants offering hearty Engadin Specialities in a rustic ambiance those looking for someting a bit more innovative in Scuol are not exactly spoilt for choice. We tried out all there is and decided to frequent one of two restaurants at Paradies Hotel, a petite hide away in Ftan. Charn is specialized on meat and partners with the famous Scuol based butchery Hatecke.
The hotel’s Charn restaurant is divided into a wooden Stübli and a more modern and minimalistic area. We opt for the Stübli which is candle lit, super cozy and kept in light wood.
After a shaky start (our table was a bit unstable but this was quickly fixed but the attentive waiter) we explored the meat heavy cuisine. The menu is small and offers classic entrecotes, veal, steaks and pork. The starters consist of carpaccio’s, salads and soups. We opt for entrecote on a hot stone which is served with two different sauces and a delicious nut bread. The quality of the meat is tender and preparing it on a hot stone feels like having my own mini barbecue. The veal carpaccio filled with goat cheese is expertly prepared but served without bread.
For a main courses the pork fed with apple and nut left our taste buds hoping for a more distinctive taste yet it only tastes like, well pork and slightly bland. Every dish is served with two side dishes. The potatoe gratin is delicious and the savoy cabbage with Perigord Truffle tastes well like savoy cabbage – we cannot detect the faintest taste of truffle.
For desert we cannot resist a heavenly Kaiserschmarrn served with vanilla ice creams and plumps – here is one thing that the Austrians did well at inventing!
Our food is accompanied by a Rioja which is poured up to the rim by an apparently very generous or very inexperienced waitress. Merry with wine we sway out of this lovely establishment.
Well how do we conclude… The quality of ingredients at Charn is remarkable and owned to the high- end supplier Hatecke. The ambiance is lovely but dinner here comes with a hefty price tag. Will we return? Possibly