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is the stunning view of a good chunk of all that is liechtenstein – or is it the preciousness that chef ivo berger creates on the plates? it’s really a win-win in the case of torkel, one of the best restaurants this small, but by no means little country jammed between austria and switzerland both geographically and historically.

for one marvelous evening, we got treated by one of the country’s most pronounced chefs, who not too long ago stepped back from the pressures and fanciness of high gastronomy and started focusing on clear and crisp, yet fully rounded dishes that please easily and with delight: black angus beef tatar (watercress | tomato | buttered bread), young monkfish (stewed carrot |  broccoli | orange) or summer deer (berries | rocket | ribel strudel).

these are our favorite shots from what on paper was a three-course menu but effortlessly exploded into a four-hour extravaganza…