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Restaurant Waldgarten, Winterthurstrasse, Zurich

Frühlingssalat

Cavaillon Spargeln

Kalbsschnitzel mit Gemüse

I’m always curious for interesting locations. While the Restaurant Waldgarten is not a prime location, the spot between the highway and the quiet Irchel is interesting. Looking for some dinner I pulled up to the restaurant and it took me some time to figure out where the entrance is. Obviously the place seems to be home to local businessmen, politicians and sportspeople, all tilting abit to the rightwing. Nevertheless it has a nice heartfelt interior and looks like a place which is run with care. They sport a menu written on the wall and I decide to go with it. A nice spring salad was followed by some white Cavaillon asparagus. Now I’m not to keen on an egg and cheese on top of my asparagus, I think it distracts from the flavor. Looking past the toppings, massive and tasty asparagus had a nice slightly bitter flavor, maybe a bit on the heavy side. The veal escalope was cooked the way it should, the selection of vegetables as well, the drop of cream wasn’t for me. 60 CHF for the 3 course meal is okay (without drinks):

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Restaurant Markthalle, Viadukt, Zurich

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Polenta, Pommes Allumettes, Hackfleischtätschli

Polenta, Pommes Allumettes, Hackfleischtätschli

Rüebli und Pilz

Rüebli und Pilz

Seldom am I truly happy at discovering a great new location – Markthalle wins an unconditional recommendation. Beware that you actually enter the Restaurant Markthalle and not the Restaurant Viadukt which is also close by. The place has a bistro like feeling. Next to the market stands roughly 20 tables are available for dining. The clou is that the menu is mirrored according to what’s being sold at the market stands. So you’ll get fresh, seasonal produce and some inspiring ideas on what you could cook with the ingredients yourself. I started off with a great bone marrow, huge portion, lovely taste – absolutely up my alley. The only point which could be critiqued – and I never thought I would say this – the portion size was too big. All dishes are served at once and everyone helps himself. I wasn’t too big a fan of the veal hamburger (Hacktätschli), but enjoyed the Pommes Allumettes, the mixed carrots and the mushrooms. All were nicely seasoned, simple and delicious. The biggest surprise for me was that this quality of food was rather cheap – Dinner for two – including appetizers, mains, 5dl wine and one dessert were less than 150 CHF (and this in a trendy location in Zurich):

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Striker Oktoberfest, Löwen, Meilen

Weisswürste mit süssem Senf und Krautsalat

The Jürg Wille Saal at the Löwen in Meilen was host to the second Striker Oktoberfest. To be fair I’ve never made it to München, and I’m secretly longing to spend a day there and eat myself through the offerings. The world famous Poellauberger hosted the event and ensured that some quite background music was available from Costa Cordalis to Jürgen Drews. I ordered some Weisswürste with a Brezen and sweet mustard and also opted for a side of Krautsalat. The Weisswürste were nice (though not as good as a St. Gallerbratwurst), the Brezen too small and the Krautsalat was lacking seasoning. Some salt and some additional vinegar would have been nice. The thing one should stay away from are the shots of Jaegermeister and Berentzen Apfelkorn which are served to break the monotony of the beer. They tend to make you forget parts of the evening.

Swiss Wurst, Zurich Airport, Kloten

Bratwurst mit Roeschti und Zwiebelsauce

Bratwurst mit Roeschti und Zwiebelsauce

Bad decisions happen every now and then. Being at the airport and having some time to kill, I opted for a quick dinner at the Foodland (a collection of different fast food joints). The most unusual one was something called Swiss Wurst (german for sausage). Against my inner voice I ordered a Bratwurst with Roesti and Zwiebelsauce. The pork sausage I preferred was out so I settled for the classic veal sausage. The roeschti was a couple of bad hash browns (precooked), a pretty bland sausage which was cooked on an electric grill, at least the onion sauce was okay. This is a real disgrace to classic swiss cuisine and frankly, any tourist is getting robbed who decides to eat here. I can’t believe I’d say this, but I’d recommend the McDonalds right next to it. Only when I saw who’s running the show, did I realize no wonder it’s so bad. What do the guys from Autogrill know about Roeschti ?

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