Zurich – People who know me, know that I love autumn because it is the time of the year when the “Metzgete” begins. In older times the tradition in Switzerland was to slaughter the animals in autumn and organize a big feast with the family. The meat of the animal – all of it “nose to tail” is then used to make (blood and liver) sausages, ribs, bacon, ham, etc. You can also eat the nose, ear and the tail but I don’t like it too much. The meat comes with Sauerkraut or similar fermented vegetables, apples or pears and potato rösti and lot more. In the Köchlistube, I was a few years ago already for Metzgete, they do a very good Metzgete. This year it was even better than previous years. What I personally like a lot is the rustic atmosphere and that the dishes are without much “chichi”. After the great gluttony, there was a Vermicelle (made from mashed chestnuts, in the shape of spaghetti with a hit of kirsch schnaps) for dessert on the menu…..one of my absolute favorite desserts, so I had to have it too.
I recommend to go in a group so you can try out a little bit of everything.
Bubikon – My dear husband surprised me lately and took me to a restaurant that I probably wouldn’t have discovered myself. The bottom line: it was simply a great evening with incredibly good food and, of course, the best company. The gourmet restaurant of Gasthof Löwen in Bubikon is called “A priori”. i would go there again immediately. unfortunately, it is not very cheap 😉
Zurich – spät is a pop up in a former retirement home. Very sad that it is only a pop up because the food was delicious and the people serving us just adorable. I would go again tomorrow if I could! https://spaet-restaurant.ch/web/
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
It has been an unbelievable 5 years since I was last inAuGust (Blog). Why it took so long, I don’t know. I was longing for a place to have traditional “Metzgete” and then I remembered AuGust. So I made a reservation for my hubby and me. We enjoyed the dinner a lot – it was simply super delicious. I had blood and liver sausage with sauerkraut and Rösti (hash brown, very crispy on the outside and juicy inside, as it has to be). Hubby chose “Züri Gschnätzlets” (sliced veal and kidneys in cream sauce) with Rösti. If you’re a meat lover, you absolutely must visit this restaurant in Zurich. Before or after your visit to the restaurant, it’s worth having a cocktail in the adjacent bar of the Hotel Widder. There is often live piano music. Make sure to reserve your table.
Valdenas Rhine gorge – The hotel “Gasthaus am Brunnen” in a 500 year old building is exceptional. It is far away from tourism and crowds of people. It has only 7 rooms and all of them are very different, simply furnished. The house is almost only made of wood and so the room smells wonderfully of wood, one can relax very well in this place.
Restaurant and Dinner
The restaurant in this hidden place is really fantastic. Meat, vegetables and dairy products are from the surroundings/region. The jam for breakfast and homemade and just very delicious. The great thing is that you can simply eat a main course or a whole menu with various delicacies, you always get full. In the afternoon you can drink coffee by the wooden well or have a cocktail in the lounge in the garden and watch the ducks from the farmer next door.
In the surroundings you can visit the Rhine Gorge or take a hike to Lake Cauma and/or Lake Cresta. The nature is beautiful and there is something for every fitness level.
Zurich – Simply good means, the chef of the gamper restaurant uses very good local and seasonal products. This 5-course surprise menu also makes it easier for the non-fussy eater: you can immediately enjoy the aperitif and do not waste time studying the menu.
The menu costs 83 CHF and you can order wine by the glass, if you prefer to taste several wines.
That evening, I was most excited about the second course. It consisted of blue mashed potato, in the middle lay a “1-hour egg” which was topped by sweet potato froth, simply delicious. But also all the other dishes that came out of the kitchen were absolutely my taste: Leek terrine with mushrooms, salsify with truffel, pig neck with sauerkraut (probably one of the best I ever had) and a dessert (you can choose between cheese or something sweet).
This time I will not say, that you have to reserve, because you can not reserve. So it’s best to come around 7pm or again at around 9pm to get a table.
Zurich – Josef has been a good address for good food for many years. It was an evening with my siblings were I was looking for a restaurant that match all type of “gusto” and something not too posh. What also kept me from visiting were the two shifts in the evening. I found out that this concept does not apply during the week. So the table was reserved on a Tuesday, as it was a warm and sunny day, we could even sit outside on the small terrace. The food is still very good as I remembered it.
I was so excited about the evening that three weeks later I reserved a table there again.