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

Gamper – simply good

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.

http://gamper-restaurant.ch/

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!

Josef – Tapas style dinner

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.

http://josef.ch/

 

 

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

 

Kleine Freiheit – Mezze in Zurich

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.

Restaurant Kleine Freiheit

Mezze at restaurant Kleine Freiheit

www.KleineFreiheit.ch

Elisaburg – Medeterranean food in the heart of “Zurich Wiedikon”

Zurich – Last week I went for dinner with my brother. Elisaburg is located close to Bahnhof Wiedikon, in the centre of Wiedikon.

Last time I have been to Elisaburg must be at least 6 years ago, so I can’t remember to much – except that I liked it a lot.

The atmosphere in the small room is very warm and welcoming – like you were in some friend’s house invited for dinner. It is very relaxed and the staff very friendly and attentive.

The food is mainly Mediterranean: a lot of sea food, pasta, meat and a loads of tasty wines at reasonable prices.

www.elisaburg.ch

 

Da Michelangelo – Still one of the best pizza in Zurich!

Zurich – Are you up for a really good pizza or a simple pasta dish in a relaxed atmosphere? Then you should go to “da Michelangelo”. This family-friendly restaurant is serving authentic Italian food and has been a popular address in “Kreis 3” for many, many years.

Yesterday, I finally visited the restaurant again after some 6 or 7 years. I was amazed that the restaurant pretty much still looked the same, except that they replaced the cold neon light with a nice ambient style warm lighting.

The pizza I had was as delicious as I remembered it and the food of my friends also looked great and was very tasty.

The restaurant was packed with people when we left and I can’t wait for my next visit.

da-michelangelo.ch