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Feb 23, 2010 07:26 AM

Swiss Matterhorn returning to Van Nuys

Well, for those of you who have lamented the loss of Swiss Matterhorn on Oxnard where Barone's now resides, beware, Ueli and Judy Huegli will be setting up shop at the San Remo at 13727 Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys in the very near future.
Yes, German/Swiss fare returns to the Valley.
Per the posting notice, it will technically referred to as Swiss Matterhorn at San Remo, at least initially, but ....
More details soon.

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  1. My mom will be THRILLED! I am calling her right now. Thank you, Carter!!

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Well, my mom already knew. Seems she ran into one of the old waiters somewhere and he told her they were reopening (she used to go all the time and knows Ueli and said she may call him). I have only been once, and it was not long before they closed. We got one of those booths right in front of the entertainment and Ueli joined in the singing. That relish tray was fantastic! I ordered something that had a few different sausages on it. I am going to have to go more often now that they are reopening.

    2. I am not sure if I am haapy or sad. Swiss Materhorn replaced my favorite German Restaurant Hoppe's Old Heildelberg.

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      1. re: SeaCook

        That is because they no longer wanted to run the business, and the Hueglis bought the business, bought the property, yet kept it fairly close to German cuisine, but influenced by a Swiss perspective.
        When they decided to get out, as German food was not selling like they had hoped it would, the Barone's people knew they would have to move, so they bought the old Hoppe/Matterhorn property so they would be their own landlord and control their own destiny.
        Whether or not German/Swiss/Italian will sell remains to be seen. But many a German food lover will be happy to have any option these days.

        1. re: carter

          Oh heck yeah, I'm all over this like a bad rash! Loved Old Heildelberg, and really liked Swiss materhorn. Hopefully it keeps the same decor: we're really lacking this kind of restaurant in the area.

      2. Great news! Just to clarify, Ueli Huegli's old restaurant on Oxnard was Matterhorn Chef, right?

        We used to love every bit of it, from the complimentary relish tray, to the German-Swiss specialties, to the octogenarian accordian player. Maybe the people-watching was the best of all.

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        1. re: barham turner

          If they do have an octogenarian accordion player, I am SO there...!

          I vaguely remember some chatter about this place back in my early CH days, but not a lot except for the outcry when they quit. What were their best offerings? Being more German than anything else personally, I'm interested in exploring all the variations.

          1. re: Will Owen

            Before Chef Ueli opened Matterhorn Chef, he was chef at a high end Italian restaurant in the Beverly Glen Circle shopping center back in the early '80's. I wish I could remember the name of the place. But I do still remember that his clam chowder and vitello tonnato were absolutely perfect.

            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Are you thinking of George Santo Pietro's place?

              1. re: BubblyOne

                No. He was on the east side of the parking lot. This place was on the southeast end. But thanks for trying to come up with the name. It's been bugging me. I think they name started with the letter "A". Could it have been Adriano's?

                1. re: Bob Brooks

                  Adriano's is the correct answer...many members of the staff were culled from the defunct Italian Line ships. I had the pleasure of crossing the Atlantic a number of times with them in the early 60's...and the atmosphere and cuisine at Adriano's always brought back fond memories!!...and the food was pretty darn good as well!! I look forward to the return of Swiss Matterhorn...especially if they bring back their osso buco!

              2. re: Will Owen

                Back in the day (this would have been 1997) they served a Swiss-German-Italian menu. They had osso buco and fresh fish, but also wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten. Swiss specialties included raclette with boiled potatoes and the Berner platte, which was an enormous platter of cured meats and sausages including smoked veal sausage and tongue sausage (zungenwurst). I have an old restaurant review from that time.


                1. re: Will Owen

                  A friend and I had Christmas goose there one year. It was good, but was made even more delicious by the generous serving of kitsch that surrounded us.

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    The relish plate was the reason to go. Their chopped liver was the best in the city.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Oh that chopped liver! And you just didn't get a bowl of soup, you got a tureen! Likewise a big bowl of salad.

                    2. re: Will Owen

                      what could be better this? My memories of spaetzel and schnitzel accompanied by the octogenarian accordianist with Chef Uli singing along - so delicious I can practically taste it now.

                  2. Here is the info for Chef Ueli's new restaurant! To open by late March or early ahead !

                    Swisschef at San Remo
                    Swiss/Italian/German/Continental Cuisine
                    SWISSCHEFUSA.COM | Phone 818.904.1500 Fax 818.904.1504
                    13727 Victory Blvd / West of Woodman - Valley Glen - CA - 91406 / USA

                    San Remo Restaurant
                    13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

                    1. I walked by at 7:00 P.M. tonight. There was activity inside. Hopefully they'll open soon, but the interior still looked like the old Italian restaurant.

                      Here is the website - no prices yet:


                      San Remo Restaurant
                      13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

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                      1. re: Dogbite Williams

                        Fabulous! Welcome back Chef Ueli! Just had lunch; the sauerbrauten is as good as ever, and the apple streudel with sour cream vanilla ice cream is divine. The Swiss Chef San Remo has been open four days.

                        San Remo Restaurant
                        13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401