Patagonia Paradise

Bahia Bustamante – North Patagonia east coast

This hotel and restaurant is really something unique, a hidden gem. It is not at all on the way and does not always guarantee electricity – especially after 11pm.
But in reward, one gets a wonderful fauna and flora right in front of the door. Unspoiled nature wherever you look. After four days on the Peninsula Valdes I thought I had seen all penguins, sea lions and ostriches, but Bahia Bustamante offers all this too, but not as an observer from far away, you are right in the middle of it. It is difficult to describe the place, you have to see, feel and experience it on your own.
The hotel should be booked 6-9 months in advance and you should definitely book the cabins WITH dinner. The food is incredibly good and this at the end of the world and with a view of the vines (yes really vines in Patagonia) and the sea behind. Of course you shouldn’t be picky about what you eat, because there is simply one menu every evening, but if you like local food and wine, you are in good hands.

The hotel and surroundings

Excursions at Bahia Bustamante

The restaurant at Bahia Bustamante Lodge

www.bahiabustamante.com/

www.instagram.com/bahiabustamante/

Barranco – Beware of the Pisco Sour

Zurich – I love Peruvian cuisine even though I’ve never been to Peru. Therefore, Peru is still on my bucket list.

Pisco Sour
Pisco sour

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.

www.barranco.ch

Fabiola – Just fabulous

Mallorca – I read in a magazine about the restaurant Fabiola. The pictures of the interior reminded me of an exotic garden or jungle with lots of green plants. As I read the menu, my mouth was watering instantly. The menu contains pretty much everything I like to eat.

Sitting finally in the restaurant, we had the agony of choice with ordering the modern interpreted tapas.

We ate a lot more as you can see in the pics, as everything was really good, we could not stop ordering more food. Also the bread you get (wam) in the beginning is a sin itself – crispy outside and inside soaked in olive oil! We ordered 2 bottles of Alion wine, that we also knew from Casa del Vino in Switzerland. A fantastic pairing with Spanish food.

Website: fabiolagastronomicgarden.com

Fera – Sake & wine pairing

Mallorca – Winter in Mallorca is boring? Not at all.

First of all you have space, because it has fewer tourists. Second, the sun shines more often in winter than elsewhere and the temperatures are still pleasant. Only one should note that outside of Palma (the the capital city of Mallorca island) a lot of the hotels and restaurans are closed from November to March.

A friend recommended Fera restaurant in the centre of Palma and it was really worth going. You can choose between different menus and if you like wine pairing, you can even do sake pairing. The food was not only very good in taste, but the presentation was very elaborate and unusual.

Website: www.ferapalma.com/

Seerose – Waterfront classic in Zurich

Zurich –  The restaurant Seerose a little outside the city of Zurich is a classic. I think it has one of the most beautiful terraces, built directly on the water. Even in winter you have a wonderful atmosphere with a view of Lake Zurich and the Alps in the distance. The food and the wines are always pretty good. If you want to come with your own boat, it has some moorings. The maneuver should have been practiced, because you have some viewers with you.
Definitely book ahead!

Kokoro – Authentic Japanese in Zurich

Zurich – I have heard many good things about Kokoro (the heart) but never managed to get a table. Some weeks ago I finally managed to book one. I was amazed and thrown back to Japan. The food was amazing, the staff very friendly and efficient and even the toilets are Japanese style (insiders know).

So if you are looking for an authentic Japanese dinner – not only containing sushi – you should reserve your table already today.

The prizes for the food are reasonable, but beware, the sake prizes add to the bill….

I will take some pics when I go next time….

https://www.kokoro-restaurant.ch/

Neufrankengasse 25, 8004 Zürich

Tel: +41 44 241 37 37

 

Le P’tit Bleu – Simple and delicious from sea to table

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.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Seafood-Restaurant/Le-Ptit-Bleu-La-Rochelle-189287378122942/

Address: quai des Sardiniers, 17000 La Rochelle

 

Au 14 Février – A festival for the taste buds

Lyon – Finally we managed to visit Lyon, the gourmet capital of the world…some say.

I found this small restaurant in an article and was not sure to really trust it. When the restaurant called me to confirm the reservation one week in advance, I realized that it was definitely not a small, simple pub.

My expectations rose and we were not disappointed. We knew the chef was Japanese, but when we were there, we felt a little like in Japan. All staff was Japanese and no small details in service, table setting was left to chance.

The menu costs 92 Euros but it is really worth it. It would not be surprising if Tsuyoshi Arai soon got an award for his kitchen.

Unfortunately the battery of my mobile was empty, so there are not so many pics of the delicious food.

https://www.ly-au14fevrier.com/
Address: 36 rue du Bœuf 69005 Vieux Lyon