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Cafe Huusmaa, Badenerstrasse, Zurich


Rindsgulasch mit Spaetzli

Huusmaa opened recently near the Kalkbreite. I wander over for lunch since I happen to be in the area. One thing that strikes me a bit odd is that they have 5 dishes on the menu for a lunch with maybe 30-40 seats in the dining room. I think that’s a bit too much for a place this small. The small menu salat wasn’t dried properly which watered down the sauce and gave it a bland flavor. The main course was a beef goulash with spaetzli. The goulash hadn’t cooked long enough so there wasn’t that much flavor to it. The spaetzli were fried quickly, but a tad of cheese and butter would have enhanced the dish as well. I like Huusmaa for a coffee and reading the newspaper, I’m not sold on the lunch. They should reconsidered reducing to one or two dishes and making those spectacular. Prices:


Restaurant Akaraka, Badenerstrasse, Zurich

Assorted Korean Appetizers

Dolsot Bibimbap

A new korean place called Akaraka opened in the former Essenza. Being a big fan of the korean cuisine I head over for dinner. Appetizers are a typical selection with pancackes, dumplings and some lovely Kimchi (spicy, homemade cabbage, essentially the korean sauerkraut). The only small gripe was the pancackes, I would have prefered a more crispier rendition and a tad less doughy. My man course was a Dolsot Bibimap, which is a great dish served in a warm clay pot. Essentially it’s rice, meat, vegetables and sauce. You mix everything together in the bowl and enjoy. Funny thing is the tagline on the menu – “as enjoyed by the hollywood stars”. Quite frankly, I doubt that Hollywood stars obsessed with using skim, fat-free milk in their cappucino have a very developed palate…. Nevertheless the owner was very friendly and attentive, even suggested us a korean drink to go with the meal. Prices are cheap (considering we ordered almost every appetizer there was):


Tex Mex, Badenerstrasse, Zurich


Taco Pollo

Tex Mex sports a classic french cuisine with danish influences near the epicentre of avantgarde dining in Zurich, the Letzigrund sports stadium. That would be a surprising turn of events, but Tex Mex does exactly what its name says. Appetizer was something which was called Chilaqilis (unkown to Google) which looked a lot like Nachos baked over with the usual topics. Average and matching expectations. Main course were some tacos with chicken. The tacos were okay, the side dishes of Chili con Carne and rice were bland and somewhat pointless. The food here lacks a bit of soul, and you’re better of cooking your own at home. For this price I would also have expected more than just two Tacos:


Restaurant Singapore/Raffles, Badenerstrasse, Zurich

Szechuan Suppe


On Badenerstrasse towards Schlieren, the Restaurant Singapore is serving asian food. Interestingly enough the place is split into two parts, one more of a buffet style place and a proper restaurant called The Raffles. Not that it has anything to do with the Raffles in Singapore, but I’m sure it inspires the people of Albisrieden. First dish was a szechuan soup, which had a bit of zing but the thickness and high viscosity gave it an artificial touch. Main was a Laksa, which essentially is a coconut milk based spicy soup like dish from Malaysia or Singapore. It sports a combination of milky, sour and spicy dishes, it’s refreshing yet still has a bit of zing without the killer burn. Chicken and noodles were part of the dish as well giving it the needed texture. The dish might not match the quality at a hawker in Singapore, but it was a pretty good version. Prices: