Imagine, Sihlcity, Zurich
I attended a company function at the Imagine in Sihlcity. It is one of the places which is owned by Candrian Catering. I’m not a big fan of Candrian Catering, simply for the fact that they’re running every restaurant in the Zurich mainstation and charging 5 CHF for a drink at their sandwich store, the classic example of a monopoly being abused. The whole highway robbery scheme is being sanctioned by the 100% state owned federal railways (SBB), a prime example of my tax dollars at work. Still I was looking forward to seeing the food at this place. I liked the menu card which listed the dishes we were going to get, it looked like a sensible selection. We started with a corn salad (Nüsslisalat) with egg and bacon. The salad was okay, but someone had the idea to add a sweet (!!) sauce to it. This might have worked with a high level of acidity but the lactose and sweetness of the sauce were completely misguided. The bread served with the salad was a disgrace. The bread was a flat round shape, with eight pieces pre-cut so you could tear it out and eat it. It screamed tasty and cost-effective bread innovation catered to optimise kitchen processes. Relying on products like these reflect a type of gastronomy which puts the quick buck ahead of the primary reason of a restaurant, good food. We followed up with an avocado soup with some chicken meat. If I hadn’t read that it was avocado I wouldn’t have know the taste was indiscriminate and the chicken was toasted in a microwave until it was dry and tough. Their main course was a meat skewer with saffron risotto and some vegetables. I like meat rare, but cold and undercooked in the center is not a viable option in my book. The risotto was overcooked, but the weirdest thing was that they served three different sauces to dip your meat into. Now you can imagine what happens when the waiter puts a spoon of sauce on your table. It slides down the wall and mixes up with the risotto. Dessert didn’t save the meal. All in all a disappointment. This isn’t a restaurant but a convenience product warming station. You can get better food here.