Bauschänzli, Bürkliplatz, Zürich
The Bauschänzli is a small island located in the Limmat, next to the Buerkliplatz. It has a bar, a selfservice restaurant and a regular restaurant. A perfect saturday noon, with beautiful weather led to a lunch here. If you’re sitting on the the Limmat side of the place, this is one of the prime people watching spots, overseeing the river and the quay bridge. The menu features all kinds of dishes, making it hard to identify a clear direction. I started off with Capuns, a traditional swiss dish from the mountains. It was a bad rendition of an otherwise delicious staple of Buendner cuisine. The dough was rubbery, it lacked a milk-bouillon and was accompanied by some molten cheese. The worst thing however was the half tomato filled with deep freeze vegetables as a garnish. The poor tourists which eat this and are led to believe that this resembles something real, have my full sympathy. The place is known for Wienerschnitzel, which led me to give it a shot. A large serving of a real Schnitzel should be paper thin and fill the whole plate. The panade should be very loosely attached to the meat and give it a crisp and airy touch. The taste was okay, but it was served in two separate small Schnitzels and wasn’t quiet as thin. The French fries were too salty and too mushy at the center. Weird were the sprouts which were added to every single dish to give it some flair. The dessert was a standard Emmi Peach Ice Cream. The Bauschänzli has a beautiful location, unfortunately the food isn’t quiet up to it. It screams convenience products and could be done in a better way. With this type of location, I doubt that there is an incentive for the owner to change much. Lunch for 7 with aperitif, a single bottle of wine, coffee, appetizers and mains came in a bit north of 500 CHF.