The Albisguetli is mostly known for the shooting range. But asides from a place for fullfilling your military duties, there is also a restaurant. Being the proud owner of a voucher for a dinner for two – called Le Menu Pour Les Deux Amoureux – the Albisguetli was the object of the writer’s desire. The dining room is dated, not exactly the most romantic or impressive place but it has that typical Swiss quality – average. The menu started off with a papaya cucumber salad. Bland, lacking any taste and the combination was strange – why is a place like the Albisgüetli trying to work with an exotic fruit like papaya ? Following was a spring onion soup – taste was okay, but the small dish was lacking a bit of excitement. The noisy group sitting at the other end of the room were the candidates of the Tele Zueri Swiss Date show. A wave of compassion swept through one of the world’s leading gourmet critic, ten losers who can’t score a date without the help of tv, are now acting thrilled for the camera over food which is just as boring as their newly met love of their live. Staying perfectly in stride a concotion of salmon and cream cheese was served. The dish was missing love and excitement, it really felt like something which you would get when invited over at Aunt Annies house, your 72-year old relative who has served you stale cookies since your days as a child. A strawberry sorbet was next and to say in tune with the tropical beginning, the top of the glass was covered with blue sugar – funky times! The main course was a filet of pork, with pea shoots and noodles. While not overtly complicated, this fits well into the general theme of the restaurant and seemed like a sensible choice. But again, serious issues with execution, the meat was dry, the pea shoots overcooked. The noodles were okay, but that’s not that difficult to pull off. The whole experience was disappointing. The menu was a strange combination for a place like this and the execution was sloppy at best – why not go for simpler and tastier combinations of traditional swiss food ? The quality, style and general vibe of the food make it obvious, the Really Picky Gourmet is sure that the chef in the kitchen is German. This type of food is typically served in third rate establishments in three star business hotels in large citites. To be fair – the prices are low for Zurich:
The Il Pappagall in Oberrieden is your typical suburban restaurant. The weather brought me here, since riding a scooter in drenching rain forced me to look for shelter. The interior is dated, but that needn’t be an indication in terms of food quality. The salad which was served was exactely what you could expect. Some semi-exciting vegetables, draped across a too small white place and all covered with some italian sauce. A pizza Napoli followed and it stayed true to the taste of the day, boring. The good thing was that the place was cheap:
Koechlistube is located at the Koechligasse and is your typical Beiz but for a change the number of alcoholics is lower than at other places. In summer, there was some place left on the sidewalk giving this the typical feeling of an oasis in the city. Since it’s a quiet road and has some interesting houses, it’s actually relaxing to eat on the sidewalk. Food is pretty standard swiss fare.
Skipping a starter, the Tatare was the pick of the day. The plate was nicely decorated, the toast was plentiful and the tatare nice. Certainly a decent place to go for dinner. A female friend of mine, was invited to a first date here at the Koechlistube and it went downhill from there. So as long as your not looking for romance, you’ll do okay here.
Next to the Bahnhof Wipkingen Nordbruecke is a small cafe / bar, which is mainly geared at Wipkinger locals. Sunday noon the place was packed, but a sofa with a coffee table was free. Briefly looking at the menu a couple of different sized breakfasts, omelettes, muesli and scrambled eggs were available. The small breakfast and an omelette with cheese and ham, were selected as the breakfast items of this sunday. After having read two sunday papers and having had a double espresso, the waiting time did seem a bit long for an omelette and the inclination to complain grew. Just before reaching for the third sunday paper, finally the food arrived. It was absolutey worth the wait. The small breakfast was okay, but the omelette was fantastic. Just a little cheese and a little ham on the inside, the batter was filled with basil and other herbs, panfried in a bit of butter. This gave it a great deal of aroma, a nice balance and essentially making this one of the best breakfast omelettes in Zurich. Priced at CHF 12.50, this is a great way to spend a rainy sunday noon.