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Restaurants around the world

KIN – Kinda Incredibly Nice

Zurich – After the holidays and all the feasting, you’re actually always a little tired of eating out. However, my friend had been telling me about the restaurant KIN for a while, so yesterday I went there with her.
The interior follows the concept of “reduced to the max” with dark colors. The incredibly good food has a wonderful stage to shine (the perfect lighting on the table helps too :-). We opted for the surprise menu and were definitively surprised with dishes that we might not have ordered on the normal menu. My highlights were the marrow bone ravioli and the dessert of pandan leaves ice-cream with pear and chocolate crumble. But try for yourself, definitely make a reservation.

https://www.kin.restaurant/

Beetroot salad (up), carrot laab (below)
"No potato fries" (up left) and something with celery....very yummy but I forgot the name of the dish
Salmon with kale and rice, fermented cucumber
Beef with ravioli filled with bone marrow
Pandam leaves ice cream with pears and chocolat crispies

Mmh Chez Thomas

Zurich – I read about this new restaurant in Zurich in a magazine. It was an ad-like article but somehow it looked very nice and sympathetic that I wanted to try it out.

Then, just before Christmas, I paid a visit to the restaurant. We three ladies were greeted with a glass of champagne on the house. We were spoilt for choice on the menu. I opted for the lamb’s lettuce and cordon rouge – I was not disappointed. My two friends were also very pleased with the Filet Rossini and their fish. I am already looking forward to the next visit.

Reserve a table….and if in Lucerne, look out for the first restaurant “Reussbad Chez Thomas” www.reussbad-luzern.ch

https://www.hardplatz-zuerich.ch/de

BIMI – means delicious food

Zurich – Japanese food is not limited to sushi only and the restaurant Bimi has been spoiling its guests with a variety of non-sushi Japanese delicacies since 2004.

I visited Bimi again yesterday and could not believe that I had never mentioned it in my blog before. My conclusion from last night is that everything was super tasty – as it actually has been every time that I visited the place before. Every dish, from the sardine sushi (first time raw sardines for me) to the grilled eel, the seaweed salad, and the yellowtail collar was equally delicious. I have never knowingly eaten yellowtail fish collar before, which is a cut of the fish that is located above the gills and below the head. It’s cheaper than the fillet but richer in flavour. The yellowtail belongs to the mackerel family and is a rather fatty fish which gives it even more taste. For dessert I treated myself to a matcha sorbet. The sake selection is great too. Or, if you prefer a glass of Franciacorta….it’s all available. A reservation is highly recommended

  • 3 kinds of sake
  • Seaweed salad with wasabi mayo
  • Sushi of sardines
  • Yellowtail collar
  • Menu with the yellowtail collar

La Santa Sete – simple and good

Zurich – a friend suggested this new restaurant (since 2020) in Zurich to me. Sometimes it’s worth trying something new, this time we were rewarded.
The service was most attentive and friendly, the atmosphere is wonderful – you really feel like you’re in Italy – and the food was great. I love brussels sprouts so I was delighted to have the vegetable as a starter with bacon and dates.
For the main course, I chose the tagliatelle and could easily add the sauce that is actually served with the fregola. Simply great, it feels a little like you were having a dinner at your “nonna”‘s kitchen.

Website: https://lasantasete.restaurant/

Some impressions

OLO – Can you feel it?

Helsinki – This summer, we were invited to our friends “mökki” (typically a wooden summer house on a lake in the country side). Actually, during the stay with our friends, we were spoiled culinary with the full palette of good Finnish food. Finland offers a great variety of fish, seafood and local meat, vegetables and fruits. This summer was exceptionally warm and we enjoyed more than 20 hours of sunshine every day.

After a wonderful time at the lake and multiple sauna sessions, we wanted to get to know the city of Helsinki. We were lucky, to get a table at the Michelin star awarded OLO (olo means “feeling”), as we had planned our trip on rather short notice.

We chose the 10 course OLO menu, Scandinavian dishes with modern and international nuances. It was just amazing – have a look at the pictures.

Website: https://olo-ravintola.fi/en/

The food

Outside, inside and the bill

Trattoria Visconti – Casoncelli alla nonna Ida

(Ambivere) near Bergamo – I have wanted to visit Bergamo for a long time. The old town is really worth seeing, including the panoramic view from the top of the hill.

For dinner though, we made a reservation at the Trattoria Visconti. A place I’ve had on my culinary “to do list” for a long time.
We entered the trattoria with a very friendly welcome and were even invited to visit the well-stocked wine cellar with the owner, thanks Daniele :-).


For dinner, we opted for the traditional menu, which included the famous local “casoncelli” here with a recipe by “nonna Ida”. A pasta filled with meat. In the Bergamo area, each family probably has its own recipe for casoncelli alla Bergamasca. Nonna Ida’s pasta came with sage butter and crispy bacon – a treat for the palate. A secret ingredient is hidden for some sweetness. I know what it is, but you have to find out yourself and try 😉 For a starter we had salami nostrano, for main the Guancetta (beek cheek) with polenta and as dessert one of the best apple pies…a very good menu with the best of local ingredients. I’d say the pasta itself is worth the trip to Ambivere, about 15 minutes by car from Bergamo.
Be sure to make a reservation!

Website: https://www.trattoriavisconti.it/