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Pflug, Brauerstrasse, Zurich

Sardische Ravioli

Lambkoteletts provencale mit Polenta und Erbensouffle

It was getting late but a quick phone call to Pflug confirmed that they had an al fresco table for two. We rush down there and sit down at the sidewalk table just to get up again a second later, since the menu is only on the wall on the inside of the restaurant. My appetizer was a fantastic sardinian (?) ravioli. Nice cheesy filling and a strong, bold sauce – what else do you want ? The main course was disappointing. It was lamb chops provencale, unfortunately it wasn’t a blend of flavours more like a heap of herbs on top of the lamb. To be fair the tenderness of the meat was unbelievable. What really sort of pushed me over the edge on this dish was that it was advertised as having a pea soufflé and it really was a flan. I’m okay if people get creative in their menu writing, but creating the image of a soufflé and serving a flan – isn’t. It’s not the mistake per se, but the fact that I was looking forward to a very light and airy, high rising component on the menu and got a much heavier side dish instead. I was inconsolable. Prices:

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The Church, Mary St, Dublin, Ireland

Belly of Pork and Dublin Bay Prawn

Rack of Wicklow Lamb

The Church seemed like an interesting place, since it actually is a bar and a restaurant in an old church which still has a big organ at the back. We were shown to a table which was too small for 10 diners but at least they extended at our request. First dish was pork belly and prawn and it was just that, neither clever execution nor subtly developed flavours. Next howler was that we ordered a couple of bottle of wines. They did let us taste the first one, but just opened the second without having anyone taste it and continued in filling glasses to the brim. Main dish was an overcooked lamb on some careless mash. Quite frankly foodwise this place is a disaster. It feels like an irish guy read a book on fine dining, sold his fish and chips van and had the clever idea of opening a restaurant in a church. It’s all show, not up to any standards, grab a drink here and move on. Prices:

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A year in the life of the hardest dining man in Zurich

The Real Picky Gourmet’s archnemesis, the dining pages of the Tagesanzeiger (second largest newspaper in Switzerland), has just published some facts about their dining section over the past year. In terms of volume the hundred plus restaurant visited by the Tagesanzeiger are matched by your favourite food blog writer. Apart from slightly more than 100 published articles on therealpickygourmet.com, another 80 distinct restaurants were visited, not counting all the repeat visits in a non official manner. Cities this year included among others Carouge, Tokyo, Istanbul, Zurich, Bern, Schaffhausen and Chisinau. On an average the Real Picky Gourmet comes to 4.8 restaurant visits per week. If every of these visits were to a new restaurant in the city of Zurich, after roughly 6 years all Zurich’s restaurant would have been reviewed. Now you ask yourself – who really is the hardest dining man in Zurich ?

Other statistic show that the most sought after article this year was the one about the Ethiopian restaurant Abyssinia. This is surprising, since it’s a relatively unknown place on a small side street in Wiedikon. Runnersup were the Eisenhof and the Hermannseck.

Further analysis showed that 3 kgs of not so lean body mass were added to the Real Picky Gourmet. Putting it into a financial perspective, what can be safely said is that the average swiss household spends six percent on dining out, yours truly spends slightly more. To quantify that and pick up on the structural, bodily changes mentioned earlier, the equivalent of a Class A pair of silicone boobs plus a new nose was spent on food.

My new favorite foodblog with the most beautiful pictures ever – www.gastroville.com.

The favourite place blogged about in 2009 was by far the Hotel Terminus.

And just in case you wondered – no one has ever decided to send me to a restaurant of his or her choosing, the coverage must be too good already.