Gertrudhof, Gertrudstrasse, Zurich
The Gertrudhof was known for one of the best Cordon Bleus in Zurich, if not the best. With the retirement of the chef and owner it was unclear what was going to happen with the restaurant. The good news is that a new and likable chef has taken over and is running the restaurant in a similar fashion. The menu is starting out with six variations of Cordon Bleu to ensure that the chef hits his stride and is able to deliver on quality. In the future more variations are to appear depending on how well they are received. The mixed salad was very nice, the balsamico dressing is much better than the french dressing and the croutons (convenience) are not needed, but the variety of the fresh components is surprising and good. But then again, we didn’t come here for the salad. The Cordon Bleu (pork) is excellent, juicy ham, light and thin coating of bread crumbs and a tasty, cheese which oozes out of the meat once it’s being cut and not before. The roeschti was good, I prefer just salt as a seasoning and it had a touch of oregano on it, also the potato strips could have been a bit thicker, but it was clearly slowly cooked and handled in a very crafty way. Next time I’ll go for the french fries. Now does Gertrudhof have the best Cordon Bleu in town ? I don’t know I still haven’t eaten at all the other places, but it is certainly up there and sends a strong signal to the competition – there is a new kid on the block doing great Cordon Bleus. If you like to discuss about food, have a chat with the chef – he’s a bit of a food crazy guy himself.
BTW – once again – your favourite food writer in Zurich beat the Zueritipp to this Primeur.