I wanted to find a restaurant for Sunday lunch in Antipolo as I knew I would be hungry by the time I got back to Antipolo after a trip to Teresa (over the back of the Antipolo hills) to pick up some fruit trees from a nursery there. So I checked TripAdvisor for recommendations. First was Crescent Moon Cafe which had some good recommendations, but I knew I wouldn't be in the mood for a buffet. Ranked second was Yakimix but that is in the SM mall at Masinag (not Antipolo as I think of it). Third was Jollibee (you'll never get me back in a Jollibee after my one and only visit). Fourth ranked was Padis Point, but I have eaten there before and wasn't overly impressed.So that brought me to fifth-ranked Vieux Chalet . . .
The reviews weren't that good but the fact that they served Swiss food prompted me to check out their website and menu online. What I saw online looked really good, but I know from previous experience of visiting new restaurants that often what you see is not what you get, and that certainly seemed to be the case from the previous reviews of Vieux Chalet on TripAdvisor.
So I arrived at Vieux Chalet with VERY low expectations. But what I found was a pleasant surprise. The food was good (although I can only base that opinion on one pasta dish, a serving of Swiss roesti and an orange and ginger iced tea) and there was no problem with the service. The staff were friendly and attentive. The restrooms were spotlessly clean (something that to me is an indication of how clean the kitchen might be) and the view from the balcony overlooking the trees with the Manila skyline in the distance was very relaxing - just what I needed after several hours of driving.
A previous reviewer described Vieux Chalet as old and rundown. Yes, it is old, as are most of the timber houses at Antipolo, but I wouldn't describe it as rundown. A more apt description would be 'rustic'. Yes, the window frames probably need a coat of paint, but the house is generally in better condition than the houses that more than half the population of the Philippines live in. Antipolo is not the Cote d'Azur!
Another reviewer said the place was hard to find. Yes, it is tucked away on the slopes of Antipolo, but I copied the very clear directions from their website and had no difficulty finding the place.
Be aware that the restaurant is quite small (I counted 32 seats) so at weekends it would be advisable to call ahead and make a reservation (I was lucky in that there was one table free when I arrived). A previous reviewer complained that the telephone numbers on their website didn't work, so here are the current numbers off the card that the manager gave me: Landline: 02 697 0396 (which is the same as on their website) and Mobile: 0928 2888 584.
Also be aware that the Bing map does not show the correct location of the restaurant. Google Maps shows it in two different locations. The more south-westerly one is the correct location.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.