Taking the Swiss
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Modern European
Address : 18-20 Rupert St, Soho, London, W1D 6DF, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.heritagerestaurant.co.uk
Opening Times : Mon-Sun: 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm
Closest Tube : Piccadilly Circus
Swiss food isn‘t especially synonymous with modernity. In fact, it often brings to mind the 1970s: bellbottoms, outsized collars, fluffy hair and gold chains go hand-in-hand with an burbling cauldron of melted raclette. But, the best type of restaurants challenge your preconceptions of a cuisine and Heritage does just that. Nestled in the heart of Soho on Rupert Street, the restaurant offers a contemporary take on Swiss cuisine which doesn‘t disappoint.
The dining room has been given a dark, seductive, smouldering design that leans heavily into industrial accents. Circular pendant lighting chandeliers hang from a steel ceiling with exposed piping, in turn underlit by baker‘s lamp wall sconces. The walls rotate between parquet timber and exposed brick. There‘s a very smart bar and Keith Haring prints on the wall. We were very happy to settle in with a pair of cocktails, the Cheekey Mexicana and the Gateway to Happiness, and await our food.
We kicked things off with some rather refreshing starters. Iceberg salad was laden with roasted pistachios and soft cheese and served with a bracingly acerbic green sauce. Charred Romanesco smouldered underneath airy almond butter. Dingley dell bacon (erring more towards pork belly) was given a maple and pepper glaze and buried under gossamer-thin discs of black truffle, with Tomette de Brebis on the side. A Trenchmore wagyu burger was topped with melted raclette, foie gras, truffle and bacon ham, sweet onions and pickles. We cleaned our palates with a zesty blood orange sorbet
On the hottest day of the year, we found Heritage to be exceptionally delicious, which goes to show how little we know about modern Swiss cuisine. It‘s likely the best Swiss restaurant in the city.