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carter Feb 23, 2010 07:26 AM

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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    Dogbite Williams Oct 31, 2010 01:36 AM

    The Swiss Chef is no longer open for lunch on Saturdays.

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      Dogbite Williams Aug 7, 2010 05:29 PM

      Swiss Chef will be closed for lunch during August and September.

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      The Swiss Chef Restaurant at San Remo
      13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

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        Dogbite Williams Jul 24, 2010 02:57 PM

        I had the Swiss Chicken Schnitzel for lunch today. It was a LARGE portion of chicken with a nicely-spiced breading. It was covered with thickly-sliced tomatoes, Swiss and Emmental cheeses plus a little tomato sauce. The big plate also had four vegetables - asparagus, red cabbage, mashed potatoes and gravy, and carrots.

        This was a very substantial, tasty meal and well worth $12.

        In a previous post I stated that the sausage plate was $16. It's just $14 at lunch.

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        The Swiss Chef Restaurant at San Remo
        13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

        1. Barbara76137 Jun 27, 2010 06:22 PM

          I remember when San Remo was really good! I think I first ate there around 1986-87. Is the laundromat still next door?

          Back then San Remo didn't accept credit cards, and so I had a house account. I'd just get a copy of my receipts every month and write them a check. Ahh....the good old days. :)

          So is San Remo completely gone from the SFV now? Just curious.

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

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            SeaCook Jun 14, 2010 11:01 AM

            I went to San Remo/Matterhorn Chef for my father’s 87th birthday just this last Saturday. The food was great. We started with German lazy Susan appetizer. Carrot salad, curry chicken salad. German potato salad, a fresh in house made sauerkraut, white bean salad, cucumber salad and liverwurst (also tasted mad fresh in house) accompanied by the giant Bavarian pretzel (freshly baked, warm with a trio of mustards) all delicious. In particular the liverwurst with the giant pretzel.

            For entrees I had Eisbein pork shank. This thing was bigger than my head! Very good. My brother & sister-in-law went for the specials. My brother had a trio of tender loin medallions each with its own sauce. Veal with a creamy mushroom sauce, beef with a green peppercorn sauce and lamb with a mustard sauce. All three were very good but my brother liked the lamb the best. My sister-in-law had a fish trio consisting of salmon with a dill butter sauce, halibut with and herb sauce and filet of sole with a tomato caper sauce. I am not a fish eater so I didn’t sample hers but she was satisfied with it. My father had the osso bucco and was pleased that was as good as it had been when it was just San Remo.

            We did not intend to have dessert (our stomachs were bursting) but upon being informed it was my dad’s birthday Chef Ueli came out took the accordion from the accordion guy (yeah the accordion guy is there) and played Happy Birthday to my dad and presented my dad a tiramisu. We all shared it was delish. My dad loved it which surprising because he has had a lifelong aversion to coffee. The service was impeccable. Chef Ueli came to each table and asked how things were. It was a really delightful meal.

            Capped it all off by going next door to Charlie O’s Jazz Club for some really good jazz. All in all a great night. Anyone who has had reservations about this restaurant can feel safe that it is a great place to dine.

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              WildSwede Jun 14, 2010 01:56 PM

              Thank you for the wonderful review! My mom will be happy to hear that the accordion player is back! Thanks again!

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                SeaCook Jun 14, 2010 02:02 PM

                You're welcome Wild Swede. Chef Ueli is a pretty mean accordian player himself. I am still eating that pork shank!

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                  Hypnotic23 Jun 27, 2010 06:10 PM

                  Just returned from my dining experience here and I did enjoy it, a bit pricey in my opinion though the food was good. I'm including a couple of photos I took during the meal. I started with the Pesto Clam Soup, small portion but very good. The complementary bread that came with the meal was great to break off and enjoy soaked in with the soup sauce. For my meal I had the weinerschinzel which was very nice along with a nice selection of sides. Next time I would like to try the fondue as the table next to me had this and it looked quite good.

                   
                   
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              Marvin Apr 15, 2010 09:46 AM

              It wasn't exactly fine Italian dining, but San Remo was a family favorite for years. We just did my Grandmother's 95th birthday their last year in fact. I'll miss it. I vaguely remember driving by Matterhorn in the old days, but never went their. I hope its good too.

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

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                blueline May 8, 2010 08:45 PM

                My wife and I went there last Saturday -- and it was terrific. Menu is almost the same as Matterhorn Chef -- very close -- and the food and service is as great as before. Their "lazy susan" appetizer tray is really delicious -- we also had the osso buco, spaetzel -- and their best dish of all -- the Pesto Clam Soup -- which Ueli used to make at Adriano's -- it's great to have them back...

              2. WildSwede Apr 12, 2010 12:43 PM

                We went in on Saturday night since we were in the area. Around 9pm. We just wanted to take a look at the place and have drinks, not eat, since we already had dinner. We sat at the bar and talked to the manager, Monique for a long time. They do not currently have their liquor license - they should have it in about three weeks. We spoke with Ueli and Judy and she said they worked for months painting and getting the place ready to go. My mom asked about the entertainment and Ueli said that he is going to wait a while to see how business is before deciding whether or not he will be bringing it back. I guess my mom wanted to hear a "yes, definitely". The inside still looks like an Italian restaurant to me (red booths) but it is a nice space with granite countertops on the bars. Valet parking is $3.75.
                I ordered their giant pretzel ($8) and, of course, it was wonderful. Monique and I were talking about the menu and what her faves were and she mentioned the day's soup - cream of mushroom. She brought me a taste of it. So good - all kinds of wild mushrooms. You could taste them all. She said that she was watching the poor (my word, not hers) guy who was tasked with cutting the mushrooms - he had to cut them all very tiny and it took him forever (she told me this when I asked if they used an imersion blender - answer: no).
                As people were leaving I asked them if they enjoyed their dinner and everyone was in a very good mood and gave the food a big thumbs up.
                We cannot wait to go back when we are hungry. Go!

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                  carter May 8, 2010 09:20 AM

                  Well, their full liquor license was activated on Cinco de Mayo, would you believe, so now you can go have a margarita with your German food!!!
                  Or maybe a beer or cocktail.

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                  Dogbite Williams Mar 30, 2010 04:44 PM

                  Wow - I just took another look at the menu. It's actually BETTER than before because now they are serving lunch on Sundays as well as Saturdays.

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                    Dogbite Williams Apr 24, 2010 06:16 PM

                    I had lunch today (Saturday) at about 2:30 P.M. There were only two other diners. They do NOT serve lunch on Sundays.

                    It still looks like an Italian spot. I sorely miss the steins and the wood paneling. The German music was a plus, but overall the ambiance was disappointing and a step back from the delightful old spot.

                    The sausage platter was $16.00. It featured knackwurst, Polish sausage and bratwurst. All were large and tasty. They were covered with a brown gravy and caramelized onions. The waitress brought 3 mustards: Grey Poupon, deli and a course-ground darker mustard. I chose the latter and it was yummy.

                    It came with small portions of 4 sides: carrots, sauerkraut, roasted potatoes and broccoli. They were just as good as I remembered them. They filled the plate and provided some color.

                    It was a good meal, but at both Old Heidelberg and Matterhorn Chef, there was a significant difference between the lunch and dinner prices. Now the difference is only $1, and that means I won't be going back very often, even though I live just a quarter mile away. For those of you who don't mind paying $16 for lunch, I heartily recommend it.

                    It sure is nice to have another East European restaurant in the Valley. We don't need any more Italian joints.

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                      carter Apr 24, 2010 07:48 PM

                      There is seldom a demand for lunch on Saturday, so no surprise you might not have many folks with you today.
                      But as the new owners mentioned, they are on a limited budget, and so the remodeling (and permits) will come as funds permit, yet that will be the goal of making the place into a Swiss/German-looking place asap.

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                        Dogbite Williams Apr 25, 2010 11:50 AM

                        I forgot to mention that lunch also comes with soup or salad.

                        A employee did mention that the steins were in storage somewhere, so they should reappear eventually.

                  2. Steve2 in LA Mar 29, 2010 08:09 PM

                    WOOHOO! San Remo is in walking distance of the home we've lived in for the past 16 years. After visiting San Remo, the first week we moved in, my wife and I have NEVER been back.(It was THAT good.)

                    Not only will this change provide impetus for a revisit, with their sauerbraten on the menu, I may turn into a regular.

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

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                      Linnea Soledad Mar 29, 2010 04:05 PM

                      I just drove by the new place today! I cannot possibly convey how truly happy I am to see Chef Ueli back!

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                        Dogbite Williams Mar 19, 2010 09:17 PM

                        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:

                        http://www.swissmatterhornchef.com/ma...

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

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                          Danabart Mar 27, 2010 02:56 PM

                          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.

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

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                          Shadowdiver Mar 19, 2010 12:43 PM

                          Here is the info for Chef Ueli's new restaurant! To open by late March or early April...call 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
                          WWW.SWISSCHEFUSA.COM

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

                          1. barham turner Feb 23, 2010 03:01 PM

                            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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                              Will Owen Feb 23, 2010 03:24 PM

                              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.

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                                Bob Brooks Feb 23, 2010 04:15 PM

                                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.

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                                  BubblyOne Feb 24, 2010 10:45 AM

                                  Are you thinking of George Santo Pietro's place?

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                                    Bob Brooks Feb 24, 2010 11:05 AM

                                    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?

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                                      TravelPath Feb 24, 2010 11:26 AM

                                      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!

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                                    rebecca32573 Mar 30, 2010 04:34 PM

                                    Adrianos...it was delicious!!

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                                    barham turner Feb 24, 2010 10:31 AM

                                    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.

                                    Hungry?

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                                      Mr Taster Feb 24, 2010 10:36 AM

                                      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

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                                        Das Ubergeek Feb 24, 2010 11:00 AM

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

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                                          SeaCook Feb 24, 2010 11:40 AM

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

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                                          bodie Mar 20, 2010 05:20 PM

                                          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.

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                                        SeaCook Feb 23, 2010 10:29 AM

                                        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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                                          carter Feb 23, 2010 01:27 PM

                                          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.

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                                            Wheggi Feb 23, 2010 02:26 PM

                                            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. WildSwede Feb 23, 2010 10:10 AM

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

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                                            WildSwede Feb 24, 2010 12:05 PM

                                            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.

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