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“Food of the Gods....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of GARIKO Lounge Bar Restaurant

GARIKO Lounge Bar Restaurant
Route des Ecluses | Les Arcades, Nendaz 1997, Switzerland
+41272881368
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Ranked #2 of 37 Restaurants in Nendaz
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Our chef offers a seasonnal creative coocking as well as fine tapas and home made products (including foie gras sushi). A selection of the best wines in our regions and abroad will be served. Wine by the glass and cocktails.
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“Food of the Gods....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Garance and Eric (hence Gariko) have turned what used to be a run down bar / restaurant into a sumptuous cocktail bar that emits a little bit of that something special in this Swiss village. Inspired by their travels to Indonesia, the theme of the interior is very much Balinese, from the paintings to the napkin holders. Not something you expect in the Swiss Mountains. Whilst it is a small restaurant (seats 20) the atmosphere is vibrant and welcoming. Seating times are staggered (and there is only 1 sitting) to enable each diner to receive attentive service and freshly cooked food in front of you. There is 1 chef in the kitchen cooking everything – his standard of food is exceptional and clearly he takes a lot of pride in the presentation, taste and attention to detail.

The menu varies with the winter / summer season and delivers for both vegetarian and non –vegetarians requirements. It reads like a modern euro / Asian dream - we were spoilt for choice. It started with an amuse bouche – little bits of fresh crayfish, lime, mango and chilli it was perfectly refreshing. The beautiful marriage of seafood and zingy citrus rarely fails to please but balance is the always the key and the lime came through elegantly without squashing down the delicate flavor of the crayfish and accompanied with refreshing mango.

For starter I decided upon the salmon and tuna tartar – The salmon with tiny specs of apple, chive and lime and the tuna with mango and lime. Whilst you wouldn’t normally choose fish in the mountains this is sourced regionally and is unbelievably fresh. The tartars were light, zesty and vivacious.

My dinner date chose somewhat again a non-Valais starter of warm goats cheese with honey. These were plated up as little lightly rolled cigars of the crispiest filo pasty – light golden brown and crunchy – filled with an oozing delight of warm goats cheese with honey simply drizzled over. This really was heaven.

For my main course I went for the vegetarian Red Thai Curry. The selection of vegetables were crunchy, chunky and colourful. The sauce was spicy and aromatic – like a small volcano going off in your mouth – it was a taste sensation. My dinner guest opted for the Scallops with a saffron cream – 5 juicy, plump scallops served on a bed of polenta with a sliver of crisp chorizo and radicchio. The saffron cream was thick, luscious and served in a mini pot to enable you to dunk, drizzle or smother your scallops. I couldn’t help but over hear the table next to us – they had ordered the rack of lamb, fillet steak and the tuna crusted with sesame seeds – the uummmmssss and ahhhssssss and lack of conversation on the table just demonstrated what the food served can do to foodies!

For Desert I went off piste and chose the chocolate fondant (the chef is a professionally trained pastry chef). This fondant when cut exudes opulence – the chocolate was smooth, velvety and delightful served with a scoop of raspberry sorbet and some zesty red currents and star fruit.
Personally I would skip some of the wines as you are better to sample the local Fondant (white wine) and Gamay or Dole (red wine) these are great value for money and the vines are all from the Valais region. Great locally sourced wine / food should be sampled!

Gariko – found in Nendaz Village really does serve Ambrosia (food of the goods) at the foot of the mountains.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warwickshire
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“Quality Restaurant and Bar - Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Recently went here during a weeks ski trip to Haute Nendaz.
I would suggest booking as we did, as this is a popular restaurant.
Not many covers, very compact restaurant...
I had goats cheese starter and Red Thai curry. All the rest of our team thought the food superb and service excellent.
If we go again would try the taster menu. Attention to detail is superb.
bar upstairs for pre meal drinks is good also....
Top marks and good value for somewhere special

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Brilliance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is as close to perfection in a small restaurant as you could wish to find. We were greeted by the lovely Garance (a part owner)and immediately could sense her passion for pleasing her diners. We had the tasting menu and wine trail (recommended wines for each course). The quality and presentation of the food were extremely high as indeed was the eating environment, a small, intimate and comfortable restaurant. Garance served everything, giving pleasant knowledgable information. We asked for a substitution and it was no trouble; we wanted fresh mint tea and we got it. Overall an exceptional professionally run restaurant which I highly recommend. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great service, Great food, Great welcome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Absolutely love the bubbly personality of the French owner/waitress in this place. We have only been here a few times but we are always greeted extremely warmly and the waitress even remembers what we have eaten on previous visits and the accompanying wine. The service is that kind of unintentionally outstanding that only a genuinely lovely person can deliver.

In addition, we got stuck in traffic on our way from Geneva and arrived at the restaurant at 10.15. We felt very bad but were ravenous. We thus ordered a starter and a main course each but in sympathy for the staff we suggested serving all courses at once so that we would not be burdensome. The waitress flatly refused our request. Irrerspective of arrival time, the waitress insisted that everyone was to enjoy as many courses as they would like, all to be served separately.

Coupled with the feeling that you're eating at a friend's house, the food is sublime. I could not recommend it more strongly.

Should you be in Nendaz, this restaurant is well worth a visit. PLEASE PLEASE avoid La Cabane. It has received a few ok reviews which I can only assume have been written by friends of the owners and those I honestly cannot fathom.

For two great nights visit Gariko and The Lantern.

Bon ap!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The cocktail's here are great. The owner is a bit moody, but his wife seems very friendly. The food was on the whole good, but it was a bit salty. The location of the restaurant is good. One small criticism is the price - its too expensive for what you get.

Visited February 2012
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