Restaurant Drei Stuben, Beckenhofstrasse, Zurich
So one of the places I was very pleasantly surprised is under new management – the Drei Stuben is run by a trendy young man, who has had previous successes at other places. Now while I cringe when the popular media calls someone a trendy restaurateur, you all know that I shy no risk in bringing you the latest information first hand. I do however have to concede a defeat to the Zueritipp – even though it’s been a couple of weeks I’ve dined here, they beat me to the scoop. Together with two extremly attractive male friends of mine we head over for dinner. The place pops. I like the interior with the light wood and the red/white table cloths, it feels cozy. Since I’m not that interested in the designer’s handicraft but more into the food we run through the menu. It’s rather classic conservative with one or more rather odd asian-influenced dishes such as Coconut-Curry soup with Cevapcici. Talking about confusing messages – but who knows – maybe it’s aiming to please Thai-Serbian couples as well as other patrons. But what am I to rant about one weird dish on the menu ? The food is simply stunning. I was just as pleasantly surprised as when I ate here the first time under the previous owner. My appetizer was a nice, big and fat raviolo served with some vegetables. Simply great, even the asparagus were spot on, the meat was juicy and was screaming gulp me down. The main course was a rack of lamb (again with ravioli – my amateur odering to blame), which didn’t leave any room for negative comments either. The light was getting to dark, hence I couldn’t take a picture of the bill – in a nutshell – three men, lots of alcohol, great food – 600 CHF (heavy, but not unbearable). I seldomly critique the wait staff, but this guy here needs a shot of friendliness injected up his ass. No smile, defiant and about as much fun to talk to as a east german border guard. However as the president of the Comittee for Friendship between Germans and Swiss, I shall not say where the gentlemen was from.