Ojo de Agua in Zurich

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 entrecĂ´te 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 ZĂĽrcher Zeitung. Rest in peace Diego.

https://ojodeagua.global/en/restaurants/details/zurich

AuGust in Zurich old town (revisited)

Zurich – Meat restaurant in the heart of Zurich.

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 “ZĂĽri 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.

https://www.widderhotel.com/de/restaurants-bars/boucherie-august

Gattopardo – Mediterranean in Zurich old town

Zurich – A delicious culinary trip to Italy and Spain.

We took the 4 course menu, which is price wise very fair for 98 CHF. As starter we had Pulpo salad, second was pasta with red chicory and ham. For the main course we had a whole sea bass baked in salt coat and for dessert I chose the chocolate tartlet with a warm and liquid centre. The wine cellar is well stocked with good wines from Italy and Spain. Really very worthwhile the visit with personal and friendly service. Reservation necessary.

http://www.ilgattopardo.ch in Hotel Rössli, old town: https://www.hotelroessli.ch/restaurant

Ooki – Japanese Izakaya – Authentic throwback to Tokyo

Zurich

At the moment it is difficult to travel because of corona. Since I miss Japan and the food there very much, I wanted to enjoy some authentic Japanese “pub” cuisine again. In Zurich, I like the Ooki very much. I have been there three times in the last two years and every time the food and the sake was very good. Unfortunately, I never took the time to write a blog entry until today 🙂
For the start we had a breaded pork schnitzel “Tonkatsu” with spicy Tonkatsu sauce with thin sliced white cabbage. We also had the Taki no Tatsuta age, fried octopus with homemade Yuzu mayonnaise, and to add up a bit more, we also took the crispy fried Gyozas….very yummy.

As a main course my hubby enjoyed a spicy ramen soup with extra pork and I had an udon noodle soup, with extra seaweed and pork. I rarely got a soup in another place where I had to look for the broth – the ingredients were a lot! So the soup would not stain our shirt or trousers, we got a bib 🙂


As usual in Japan, we got the matching sake in a glass, which is kept in an additional container (here a little bowl), and the sake is poured over the edge of the glass, that’s how it has to be.
It was a really great evening. Make sure to reserve in advance.

https://ooki.tokyo/

Osteria Santo Brevitore….pasta con amore!

Zurich

In this Corona summer I have not yet been abroad….as many other people around the world too I guess. So I thought I need at least some culinary short trip to Italy. Santo Brevitore in Zurich is the right choice for this.
The restaurant is located in the middle of Zurich Wiedikon. The menu card will treat every taste but will melt the heart of every pasta lover. So I just HAD to order the “Tris di pasta” three kinds of pasta on one plate. I can only say that the portion was huge but every gram was worth it. One pasta with mussels, one with minced meat and truffle, the third with some kind of Italian cream cheese….mouthwatering still when I think about it now. The appetizers and the wines are also worth the visit. The atmosphere is very relaxed, in summer you can also sit outside on the troittoir. On our Saturday evening out, an alphorn player (no joke) passed by and gave a short performance – in the middle of Zurich.

Tris di pasta

Reservation is required. Check out also the first restaurant of Massimo, La Baracca: https://www.osteria-santobevitore.ch/#la-baracca-ristorante

Website Santo Brevitore: https://www.osteria-santobevitore.ch/

Yume – Japanese ramen noodle soup in Zurich

Zurich

You crave REAL Japanese ramen soup? I can understand that, but the flight from Zurich to Japan is simply very long.

But now there is finally an alternative in Zurich near Europaallee: the Yume.

The small restaurant could really have been beamed directly from Tokyo to Zurich. You are even greeted in Japanese (very loud and friendly) and said goodbye again when you leave.
The ramen broth was just wonderfully spicy, the onsen egg is cooked perfectly and the noodles are almost the minor matter in the whole dish. Make sure to reserve for lunch or come early.

www.yume-ramen.ch/

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/