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Relais des Arts (Crowne Plaza), Badenerstrasse, Zurich

Crevetten mit Kanichenfarce in Wirzwickel

Crevetten mit Kanichenfarce in Wirzwickel

Wildessenz mit Gemüseperlen

Wildessenz mit Gemüseperlen

Hirschrouladen mit Brösmelinudeln

Hirschrouladen mit Brösmelinudeln

If there is one lesson I’ve learned the hard way, then it is to never trust the “Gasto Charts” of the Zueritpp. A housewarming party near Letzigrund led me to give the Relais des Arts a try. The hotel used to be called Interconti and is now a Crowne Plaza, not exactly something which shouts fine dining. A cold sensation ran down my back as we entered through the “international-themed” hotel bar into the restaurant. We are the first table arriving (only one other table filled up a bit later), a lovely deep carpet greets us, the blue of the wellness area glares at us through the window and the shooosh of the automatic door between kitchen and dining room adds to the atmosphere. The maitre d’ is an unfriendly guy who can barley contain his excitement. The amouse bouche is a hare farce with a shrimp on an orange. Simply horrible, obviously preprepared and stacked in the fridge for hours, it’s a tasteless tidbit on a sloppily cut orange slice and served with cocktail sauce. This is so 1965 and in a bad way. The game essence came with vegetables pearls (bland and silly) and a crostini. The deer roulade was a bit better and at least creative. Meat was cooked nicely. The rest was rubbish, cauliflower undercooked, sauce thin and boring, the noodles covered with bread crumbs (on purpose). This place is ridiculous, it only holds a decent rating in the “Gastro Charts” because culinary-challenged tourists actually submit them. Another reason for me to dislike the food journalists at the Tages Anzeiger is because they actually write a favourable review about a dump like this. Either the journalists are susceptible to bribes or the editor in chief is selling the restaurant reviews to the highest bidder. That’s why you should read therealpickygourmet.com, because it’s quality journalism, which doesn’t hand out freebies, based on anonymous, undercover research. Back to the Relais des Arts, the only reason to take someone to dinner here is if your current love affair is kind of fat, kind of ugly and kind of stupid, but has a good heart and you try to send her obvious signals instead of breaking up the old fashioned way by sending a SMS. Finances:

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Posted by therealpickygourmet on 1 December 2008
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  1. 12/1/2008
    J. Ramelow

    Another reason for me to dislike the food journalists at the Tages Anzeiger is because they actually write a favourable review about a dump like this.

    As a rule of thumb, never pay a visit to a restaurant that received a favorable review in Tages-Anzeiger.

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