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Kantine, CS Tower, Oerlikon

Schnitzel Wiener Art mit Pommes Frites

A new lunch place opened at the CS Tower in Oerlikon. The cafeteria is not only visited by staff from surrounding firms and companies, but apparently has also become a favourite meeting place for retired people, clogging up the coffee break area. The food court is organised in separate isles, each one serving a different daily special. One was offering Schnitzel Wiener Art and fries. Now I normally shy away from fries in cafeterias, since they’ve only seen a fryer before being frozen and morphed into oven fries. But looking at the food, the Schnitzel were thin, there was a real fryer and the fries were golden. I’ve had worse veal schnitzel (this one was pork), It was a serious and successful attempt at real food and not just some feed the masses excuse. Personally, I always compare cafeteria food to what I was served in the army and this one was better. If you figure in the CHF 9.20 this costs, this is a real good lunch bargain, where you do not have to compromise on taste.

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Piazza Uetlihof (Kantine), Zuerich

Menusalat mit italienischer Sauce

Menusalat mit italienischer Sauce

Kalbssaltimbocca mit Safranrisotto und Marsalasauce

Kalbssaltimbocca mit Safranrisotto und Marsalasauce

A quick lunch at a staff canteen in Zurich. The selection is surprisingly large, from the upscale market buffet to the all-you-can-slap-on -your-plate-of- yesterdays- leftovers “Budget Teller” there’s a big variety. The friendliness and ambition of the staff is remarkable, when did you ever see someone at a canteen wipe your plate, because sauce dribbled on the plate while serving your food ? I opted for a menu salad and saltimbocca with saffron risotto, ofen tomatoes and marsala sauce. My standards for a place like this is it needs to at least match, what I’ve been fed in the army by the unit cook, whose budget is 8 CHF per person and day for three meals.
The risotto even though it had saffron in it wasn’t very nice, It was too mushy and I’m suspecting that it’s kept in some kind of “cook and hold” magic device, which kills it. Oven tomatoes I find offending, even in top restaurants, i’ve never had a good tasting oven tomato. Why not add some herbs and a bit of cheese and this would at least taste acceptable. The saltimbocca was lacking a leaf of salvia and the meat (according to the declaration it was veal) was cooked very, very well done. Salad was okay, standard prepackaged fare, I really like the italian sauce, even though it’s delivered in the 25l bucket. I could have mixed my own with the provided aceto, spices and olive oil but I’m just too lazy. For 10.50 CHF what you get exactly what you pay for, just don’t get carried away and take your fiance to a fancy lunch here