In Meeting Sarah Marshall , Bill Hader tells Jason Segel, “You should go to Gstaad! It’s the best!” And if there’s anyone I trust, it’s Bill Hader. That’s how I ended up in Gstaad for five days, visiting five of the Swiss town’s 5-star hotels. Apparently, I was very into matching numbers that week. If you consider yourself a foodie– or just like your stomach to be generally happy– I highly recommend checking out the culinary scene in Gstaad. Despite what you might think, it’s not all bread, chocolate, and fondue. Although there’s plenty of that if you want it. However, since Gstaad is home to a variety of luxury hotels, it has an equally diverse offering of restaurants. MEGU Believe it or not, Gstaad has a Japanese restaurant. And it has a Michelin star. But this isn’t the type of fancy restaurant where you have to get all suited up. In fact, the general vibe of the restaurant is pretty fun– in part due to the seating arrangements. In traditional Japanese fashion, MEGU has three-level seating– which means that you have to do some serious maneuvering to get in and out of the table. The same goes for the waiters. I’ve never been more nervous when watching someone pour wine– or more impressed when they managed not to spill. Throughout the evening, our group tried three different flights of sake. For those of you who are interested, the more finely polished the saki rice is, the more expensive the sake is. Weirdly, I preferred the first sake we were given, which was supposedly the roughest... but had me coughing the least when I tried it. #Adulting I also treated myself to the Alpina’s specialty cocktail. (When someone else is paying for it, why not, amirite?!) I ate one of the flowers, because I assumed it was edible. It was– but also tasted like grass. I don’t think they expected any of the guests to actually try it. Oops. The staff did a great job of accommodating the different dietary requests of our group. One woman was gluten-free, which can be very difficult to accommodate in a Japanese restaurant. Even soy sauce has gluten in it– but the staff made sure that my new travel buddy was well-fed. No matter what type of foodies are in your group, Megu will accommodate. But if you have bad knees– or plan on wearing a dress– I don’t recommend the low tables. Mattenstübli Some people say it’s about the journey, not the destination. This definitely applies to Mattenstübli . The tiny fondue restaurant– which doubles as a house for its owners– is only accessible by horse and carriage. Seriously. In order to get there, my group rode through the Swiss countryside, surrounded by gorgeous scenery, for an hour. It was breathtaking. Image via Mulpix By the time we finally arrived, our crew was beyond ready to dig into some fondue and Kirsch, a traditional Swiss cherry brandy. (Pro tip: if you can't handle how strong it is, just add it to your melted cheese. #Cheesewasted.) The view from the horse and carriage isn’t bad, either: Warning: do not ask the host if you'll be getting chocolate fondue for dessert. That is not a traditional Swiss food, and she will get a lil' bit offended that you even brought it up. Overall, this was the least expensive meal of my trip– and by far the most memorable. Remember, money isn’t everything, folks! Refuge L’escape The Swiss definitely have a thing for restaurants that are difficult to get to. Probably because they’re constantly hanging out on the top of mountains. But Refuge L’escape is particularly hard to reach. In order to get a table, you first have to get onto a cable car at the Tsanfleuron Glacier by the Quille du Diable. And then another one. If you're afraid of heights, you will be reduced to a blubbering ball of tears and fear. Otherwise, the experience is amazing . Once you’re at the top, check out the bridge walk– an icy path strung between two mountain peaks. Even though you might feel like you’re about to die, I promise you won’t. Besides, the adrenaline will fuel you through the 45 minute walk– or a much quicker ski– to Refuge l’Escape. If you have some extra cash, and are already exhausted from a day of skiing, I recommend splurging on one of these gigantic ski tanks: If you decide to walk, you’ll be extra happy to see this sign: If you have to go to the bathroom, brace yourself... because it’s outdoors. Awwww, yeah. Thankfully, the food at Refuge L'escape will make up for the frostbite on your butt. It's very traditional Swiss cuisine– the kind that will stick to your ribs after a day of hurtling down a mountain on tiny pieces of plastic. Since I’m a vegan, I had barley soup, mulled wine, and a whole bunch of bread. Others in my group enjoyed food like hot tomme cheese of Rougemont with truffled oil and roasted potatoes with a smile. The owner even specially made me a piece of gooey, vegan banana chocolate chip cake. It was delicious– especially considering the fact that it was prepared in a teensy kitchen on the top of a mountain. Once you've finished your meal and paid the bill, make sure to visit these lil' guys on your way back down the mountain: Great food paired with adventure, gorgeous views, and fluffy pups? There’s nothing better. Gildo’s Gildo’s is an Italian restaurant located in the historic Palace Hotel. If you love old-world glamour, you’ll be happy to have any excuse to visit the Palace. Or if you’re a fan of The Pink Panther , which was filmed here. Personally, Gildo’s, and the Palace in general, was a little too old-timey for me. My group, which was in their late twenties and early thirties, looked younger than everyone else in the room by around thirty years. In order to get to the restaurant, you must first go through the Palace’s lounge, which has more plushy velvet chairs than I’ve ever seen in one place. When I visited, I was lucky enough to see an extraordinarily drunk woman, dripping in diamonds, who was trying to scat over the pianist. He was very politely trying to tell her to leave him alone. It was painfully awkward, and I’m very glad that I witnessed it. #Blessed. Image via Luxatic Gildo’s is named after, you guessed it, Gildo– the restaurant’s head waiter. He is supposedly one of the most well-known waiters in the world, and has been working there since the sixties . I am very concerned that he's going to have a heart attack and die while making pasta in front of the guests. Retire, Gildo. It’s time. After dinner, have a drink in the lounge– bonus points if you catch a drunk dutchess trying to sing like I did. Then, head downstairs to Green Go– a nightclub that hasn’t changed since the 60’s. The club spills into the spa’s pool, which transforms into a dance floor at night. I ask one of the staff is people are allowed to jump into the pool. His nod said no, but his eyes said yes. If you're paying for a bottle of champagne that costs more than most people's rent, you get to do what you want. So I say get some pasta, drunk-sing some jazz, and then jump into a pool at two in the morning. You're on vacation, so do it right!