Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant – Fürstenau

Schauenstein Schloss Hotel & Restaurant: Unique!

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Schlossgasse 71, 7414 Fürstenau, Switzerland
+41 81 632 10 80

Chef: Andreas Caminada

In 2018, restaurant Castle Schauenstein will celebrate its 15 anniversary! Well our first visit to Schauestein was impressive and definitely one of the highlights of the year. Schloss Schauenstein is located in the Domleschg valley, more precisely in the world’s smallest city called Fürstenau. The area offers, apart from natural beauty, a wide range of cultural and historical attractions. The location of this remarkable restaurant is the first part of the experience. Housed in a beautiful, picturesque castle. Entering the restaurant is an experience on itself. For most people, the Schauenstein experience starts with a scenic train or car journey from Zürich of about two hours. You will witness breath-taking views of the surroundings before you arrive at the doorsteps of the old castle in Fürstenau.

From the outside, the castle gives a fairy tale-like impression, which sets the mood for a unique dining experience. Once inside, the traditional atmosphere is well kept and extended with modern interior decorations

When the weather is good, guests are invited to start with the aperitif and first snacks on the partially covered terrace with a stunning view on the surrounding mountains. On the first floor of the castle, one will discover a beautiful bar and a luxurious cigar lounge. There are also 6 guest rooms where you can overnight inside the castle. Make sure to book ahead as these are highly popular.

Chef Andreas Caminada was born in the region in Graubünden and worked at several top restaurants like Wirtschaft Zum Wiesengrund in Switzerland and Bareiss Restaurant in Germany. In 2003, he founded his own gourmet restaurant at the remarkable Schauenstein castle in Switzerland. Today he is responsible for one of the best restaurants in the world, thanks to his remarkable attention to details and his ability to combine simplicity in his cooking with a beautiful presentation. The tasting menu is elaborate but well balanced, very fine without being too complex, and focused on the best products the region as to offer.

The attention to details is present everywhere in the castle. From the many candles that create a dreamy atmosphere, to the special furniture and tableware – everything just feels right here. Small collectable cards are presented to the guests, explaining the dishes and the wine selection. The wine list is impressive but the wine pairings (especially the one from Switzerland) are highly recommended as well.

We started our journey with a local crèmant from Pinot Blanc at the terrace.


Cone with a sorbet of beetroot

Pickled asparagus

Truffle and celery toast

Almonds with liver

Ham and mustard

Corn ice cream and yoghurt, Sweet corn bouillon


White fish, celery, saffron and onion

Tartare of char from the Wadensee, carrot, yoghurt and seabucktorn

Ham crisp, onion and dried pear with a ham bouillon

Red cabbage and iced mustard bon bon


Homemade potato bread, butter and yoghurt butter with salt

Marinated and pickled pikeperch with white and red radish, buttermilk and lime.

Surprise dish from 2008: langoustine tartare and seared langoustine with lime & tonic mousse, shellfish bouillon, lemon confit and lemon purée. On the side a langoustine essence with salted scallop crisp.

Panfried and crispy sweetbread, parsley cream, smoked garlic, pickled celleriac and ruccola

Coup de Coeur pairing wine: 2014 Bündner Herrschaft Chardonnay from Martha & Daniel Gantenbein, Fläsc

Slightly cooked trout with braised fennel, spinach and marinated herbs.

Filet of pork and crispy pork belly – smoked & grilled, button mushroom marinated and pickled, cream of bbq vegetables.

Swiss cheese trolley, potatoes from the Albula Valley, dried meat from local farmers like grisson beef.

Pan forte with almond, figues and chocolate.

Grandmothers burnt cream with apple beignets.

Curd soufflée

Apricot: poached, iced and pickled, with nutbutter cream, caramel and crumble of nuts, herbs and petals. On the side is the iced version

Mignardises: sea buckthorn jellie’s, salt caramel praline, hazelnut-yoghurt-caramel-mocca, lemon & almond cookie, raspberry macaron, dried pear ganache, sunflower, almond and raspberry tartelette.

Schauenstein Schloss Hotel & Restaurant is one of those remarkable ‘destination restaurants’ that justifies a long journey. The castle perfectly fits into the beautiful surroundings and already embraces the fine-dining restaurant as part of its rich history. Chef Caminada serves a highly detailed, modern cuisine with the very best products his region has to offer. A team of young and driven professionals surrounds the chef.



Be-Gusto score:                     9,2/10

Be-Gusto value for money: 9/10


Schauenstein Schloss Hotel Restaurant
Schlossgasse 71, 7414 Fürstenau, Switzerland
Phone: +41 81 632 10 80


Pictures by Belgian Taste Buds


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