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Rössli Erlenbach (Casa Manuel), Seestrasse, Erlenbach

Kalbsschnitzel mit Zitronensauce

Kalbsschnitzel mit Zitronensauce

In Erlenbach on the Seestrasse there’s the Casa Manuel or Rössli Erlenbach as it used to be called. Some places you walk into and you right away feel you’ve made a mistake. Shyness and the fear of appearing uncourteous prevented me from turning around, so I smile and ask to eat something. The place is a dump. A bunch of locals crowd around the round table and I go about reading the menu. I chose a veal cutlet with lemon sauce and tagliatelle. Now lemon sauce and veal scallops should create for an interesting balance between the sour and creamy sauce components and the light veal. But if the sauce is so sour that your brain cringes, the subtlety of the flavors tend to vanish. Just looking at the menu, the place does everything, pasta, pizza, spanish dishes and some swiss stuff as well. Some concentration on his strengths would do this place really good. I won’t be back. Finances:

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Restaurant Erlibacherhof, Seestrasse, Erlenbach

Flammkuchen Forrestiere

Flammkuchen Forrestiere

Soccer practice – what else – led me to this place on the Seestrasse. It’s a hotel with a restaurant, which makes a rather functional impression. The dining room is divided into two sections, one with tablecloths for the diners and one with regular tables which caters to the drinkers. I was in a bit of a rush and wasn’t to thrilled that I was seated without being given a menu. A couple of minutes later the situation was rectified. I flipped through it and decided to go for a Tarte Flambee (Flammkuchen) Forrestiere, which means mushrooms, onion, chives, sour cream and bacon. It was freshly baked (anything else would be a major crime) but the ingredients were too fatty and heavy, it was a bit overloaded. Still the restaurant was surprisingly full and seems to be popular with the locals. Price was okay for a quick meal:

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Restaurant Schönau, Erlenbach

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Guess what this is and pat yourself on the back

Guess what this is and pat yourself on the back

I was on my way to soccer practice and wanted to try out a place on the Seestrasse heading out of Zurich towards Rapperswil. There are some nice places around and I landed at the Restaurant Schönau. Beautiful location on the lake, it was warm and nice weather, you could even go there by using the regular boat service on the lake of Zurich. I got a crappy table (understandable since I didn’t have a reservation and was on my own), but since I was reading preoccupied reading the local tabloid I didn’t mind. Knowing that I had to run after some strikers and sweep them off their legs in another hour I opted for a rather light dinner. To get me started I chose a Gazpacho. The presentation was beautiful, minimal and non fussy. I really liked it, although not as much as the one at the Hiltl, since this one was lacking sauteed scallions. The real killer though was the main course. Check out the picture, what the hell is going on ? Are we back in the 1980s? Who knows, maybe the cook learned his handicraft while listening to Like a Virgin and Billie Jean. If my wife (not-existing and not taking any applications to the great despair of the swiss female population) were to cook a meal like that, I’d smile dearly and tell her I’d love her. If I was a restaurant owner I’d hit my chef with the mallet used to flatten Schnitzels. The name of the dish is “Schönau Ravioli”. It’s described as Ravioli with veal, mortadella, fennel seeds served with a light butter sauce and old Balsamico. I didn’t taste much of the fennel seeds and I wasn’t too keen on the mortadella – veal combination. The foamy part doesn’t warrant an even longer description. All in all it’s a beautiful place to go for dinner with people you’d like to impress, enjoy the view and drinks, forget the Ravioli. A bit pricier, but it’s worth paying the premium for the location.

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