Posts tagged ‘Cafe’
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:
You didn’t think I’d stop, because of a dinner with the Zueritipp ? I still have a few good years left. In need for a lunch I stopped at the Cafe Letzistübli. This is an owner run place next to Hubertus. The menu is small and it seems that it has been like this for years. I get a mixed salad (at no extra charge) for my lunch and while it wasn’t a serious attempt at a salad, I have to give an A for effort. They tried hard. Main course was a Schnitzel (to my shame I was unsure what the meat was, either chicken or pork) with tomato spaghetti. It wasn’t very good but at 14 CHF, what could you expect ? And I had a copy of the Blick to read during lunch, so I was okay based on price. Nevertheless, why not charge 5 bucks more and provide a decent Schnitzel ?
An option for a quick dinner presented itself at the Cafe Steiner. Since the place is a bakery and cafe which offers a small selection of menus, naturally the bread is fantastic. The selection of four different kind of small breads I was served to go with the salad were on par with what I’ve had in Michelin starred restaurants. The decoration on the ravioli, was cute and homemade, but the filling of said was on the sour side. It was listed as venison but I wasn’t too thrilled. Overall good place for a quick bite, but stay away from the more intrinsic pasta dishes. Prices:
Quintessential swiss lunch. This is what you get at the Kafi Klus near the Klusplatz. The menu started with a zuchini soup, not much taste and surely some glutamate (Aromat?) added to it. The daily menu was a burger and it was served with a salad. I got to choose between french, italian and the house dressing and opted for the latter. Interestingly enough what arrived was a mix of two different sauces, not quite my taste. But I’m sure it was healthy, since some power sprouts were sprinkled on top of the salad. The burger in-itself was so typically swiss housewive style, it was not a 100% beef but surely sprinkled with bread and maybe even some Brät (sausage meat). This really gives the patty a slight fur like mouth feeling when eating. While this is very typical it’s not what I like. The sauce was some kind of homemade spicy cocktail sauce. In my opinion if you serve a hamburger it should be 100% beef unless you declare it otherwise. Prices were cheap including drinks and coffee it was 27 CHF.
After a hard night of clubbing in Chisinau behind us we needed some breakfast and even though it’s hard to believe clubbing in Chisinau is great. Club Drive is a must visit, seldomly have I seen a cooler place. The other attractions are left to the readers mind… Anyway we sat down in this streetside cafe and decided that Zema, the classic Moldovan chicken soup with noodles was a good idea. Nice broth, the noodles a bit overdone but this national staple is great to cure a hangover and please you palate. My main was Beef Noyal . Beef Noyal are beef roulades filled with the national cheese called brinza. The accompaning corn is a national side dish which is typically found in every restaurant in the nation. I wasn’t a big of the cheese but this surely is a dish I could recommend to anyone. Prices were roughly 25 CHF for lunch with two drinks and an espresso per person, which is over the top for Chisina.
Just off the market place in Carouge, there’s a cafe / bakery Martel which is opened on Sundays. I really like being able to choose among all kind of nice tasty pastries (sweet and salty) and then eat them right next door in the tea room. I am in danger of commiting the sin of gluttony on a regular basis, so this is my personal heaven. I chose a small crusty croissant with butter, two canapes with crab meat, a meat pastetry, a mocca eclair, a chocolate eclair, a cheese pastry (I asked for a chäschüechli, but actually it’s called ramequin) and a millefeuille. Nothing to complain about a breakfast of this magnitude and I was feeling very good about myself. The only thing which really got me stinking mad, was the dog which was in the cafe. This is something which pisses me incredbily off about my countrymen in Geneva, their blind, ridiculous love for dogs. I like animals, cooked in a tasty sauce on my table – otherwise animals do not belong in restaurants, market places, grocery stores, butchers, etc. Price was 40 CHF, for Ovomaltine, espressso, coffee, 5 sweet and 5 salty pastries