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.
Zurich – How great, finally a new Peruvian restaurant in Zurich. In cold wet November it’s great to go a little far away, even if it’s only culinary. Peru is still on my bucket list to visit…. let’s see if it finally works out at the end of 2023. The drinks were already fantastic. Thanks to the very friendly waiter I let myself be convinced by a Chilcano (Pisco, Ginger Ale, lime juice and some Jarabe de Goma (gommy or gum syrup), but I had been looking forward to a Pisco sour all day. I definitively can recommend to try this very refreshing drink. The starters (ceviche) and main dishes with meat was also excellent.
As luck would have it, we caught the first evening that the restaurant was officially open, which was not noticeable in the food or the service – it felt as the team worked hand in hand for a long time. And as promised on the website, some tables were set aside for walk-ins, which we were able to take advantage of. Because going to a restaurant in Zurich without a reservation is definitely a gamble.
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 – 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.
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
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
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.
Zurich – As my travel activities are currently restricted due to Corona, I wanted to travel to one of my favourite countries – Argentina – at least for culinary reasons. It has been less than 11 months since my last visit and I miss the good meat and empanadas a lot. The restaurant “Ojo de Agua” (n “ojo de agua” is a cave or hole – often very deep – in a salt lake. It can be seen in the Argentinean Puna.) has been around for a while in Zurich and is owned by Dieter Meier, one of the founders of the music group YELLOW (The race). The menu is described very quickly: At noon there is roast beef or tatar and in the evening entrecôte or tatar 🙂 As a starter you can have a mixed plate or empanadas – of course also filled with meat.
We were there at noon and took two empanadas to start and one tartar and a portion of roast beef each. It was really very good (only the tartar was a bit too cold for my taste). I felt transferred to a restaurant in the middle of Buenos Aires old town – just as I wanted to. I will probably go again soon in the evening and enjoy one of the good argentine red wines with the meat. It was a coincidence that our visit to the Ojo de Agua coincided with the funeral of the football legend of Diego Maradona “El Pibe de Oro”, as you can see on the front page of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Rest in peace Diego.