Zurich – I love Peruvian cuisine even though I’ve never been to Peru. Therefore, Peru is still on my bucket list.
I wanted to go to the Barranco restaurant a few times, but it was always fully booked. This seemed to me to be an indicator that the food had to be good. It is also one of the (still) few restaurants that offer “planted.chicken”. This is a meat analogue made of pea protein. The ETH startup “planted” has developed it and is now really taking it to the next level. Since we were a party of four, we simply ordered the whole menu. I was very positively surprised by the taste, presentation and quality of the food. We were particularly impressed by the vegetarian dishes including planted chicken, but also by the pork belly dish. The wine list has some good drops. I also recommend a Pisco sour for aperitifs and/or to finish off: one of my favourite drinks from South America since my first trip to Argentina.
La Rochelle – Do you like your seafood simple? Le P’tit Bleu (small Blue (Boat)) offers exactly this. You can choose between oysters, sword shell (“Couteaux” extraordinary good), squid, sardines, shrimps and a piece of butter and bread. You also have a choice of beer and wine, and that’s it.
The simple restaurant is located directly on the harbor of La Rochelle and offers a great view over the castle, the old town and the incoming and outgoing ships at high tide. I have rarely seen such an extreme change of tides as on the French Atlantic coast.
The terrace offers simple tables outside and is only open in good weather.
Bogotà – What helps against altitude sickness? Bogotà city is on 2’640 m above sea level and higher than many resorts in the Swiss alps. My special tip is Aguardiente, Colombian’s most popular drink. It is an anise-flavoured liqueur that works like medicine for the stomach.
We met some friends for dinner at the restaurant “Andrés carne de res DC” which was already recommended to us by several locals and tourists.
We chose the “DC” city branch, as the original place, even bigger one, is about 1 hour by car away.
The food is really good, although you might think the place was built just for the tourists. Every evening, various birthday people and beauty queens are elected with special decorated sashes, who often do not even know about their “luck”. After dinner the place turns into a crazy party place.
Zurich – Fancy some mezze? In the middle of town towards the university area, there is a small restaurant with a beautiful cozy garden with a lot of trees and bushes (where little mice and birds are living). There are some tables inside but lots more outside in the garden with colorful umbrellas.
The service at “Kleine Freiheit” is very friendly and they get their food freshly made every day from their neighbors called “Orient Catering“. As the name says it is also a catering service for parties and apéros but they serve food at 3 to 4 different tables.
In my opinion they have the best hummus and the best falafel far and wide … try it out.
Paris – For Sunday evening I wanted to surprise my hubby with a restaurant I knew from my last year’s visit to Paris. It was recommended by a Parisian friend and has probably one of the most beautiful views over the Eiffel tower.
The restaurant is located inside the museum de l’homme (museum of mankind) and has a beautiful terrace. Unfortunately, a kind of small summer thunderstorm started, just when we arrived and it was just pouring down.
But luckily we got a table at the window and enjoyed the view anyhow. If you plan a trip to Paris maybe you should know that every single night at 10 p.m. there is a 5 minute light show around the Eiffel tower and it is worth watching it not only for the Romantic people among us.
The food is also quite good and service very professional, book your table in advance and insist on a table with view.
Barcelona – If you want to do some “people and yacht watching” while dining exquisitely, One Ocean club is your choice.
The atmosphere, view and food is very good, but not really a bargain budgetwise…
I recommend having a drink before dinner at around 8 or 9 pm and then enjoy the sunset at dinner. If you are a couple you will most probably get a table directly at the water on the terrace, as these are the only tables for two 😉
Tokyo – If you want to try as much Japanese dishes and styles as you can get with a modern twist then go to Teyandei. A Japanese friend recommended it to me and I am really sad such a great place does not exist in Zurich.
The staff does not really speak a lot of English but somehow you manage. It helps if you are seated around the kitchen and grill so you may order a dish you have seen prepared already and just show the staff. The words you DO need to survive are simple: Aligato (Thank you), biru (beer) and oishiiii (delicious). By the way for Swiss people, I strongly recommend the webinar crash course to learn some Japanese by Ronja Sakata.
To summarize, a place with really tasty food, cool and trendy young people (a bit loud maybe;-)) and not at all expensive. I highly recommend! Book early and bear in mind, this is a “take off shoes” restaurant…
The view is just great from up there and the food tastes equally.
I had probably the best lunch in a month…or half a year? The beef fillet “Rossini” includes everything I really like: the beef was absolutely tender and juicy, topped with a piece of goose liver and sprinkled with black truffle. I ordered the tagliatelle with saffron to accompany and it was a feast. My husband took the veal chop with red pepper and risotto and was happy with it too. Actually we were quite full, but the dessert was just too tempting (see pic below).