Posts tagged ‘Garden’
Finding a nicer terrace than the Belvoirpark Restauran is going to be difficult in Zurich. The restaurant is part of the associated hospitality management school. All of the staff (or at least I presume all of the staff) are part of the school and are learning and prepping themselves for management careers in hotels, restaurants and affiliated industry. The course started off with an imaginative course which combined sweet corn, elderberry, salmon and cucumber to a light summery dish with a soup and a bit of fish on the side. Someone in the kitchen was showing creativity and also restraint by not going overboard. Main course was a very traditional Zürcher Geschnetzeltes including kidneys (upon request) with Rösti. To my dismay the Rösti was somewhat caked up, the strips of potatoes lost their individual texture. I would have enjoyed a creamier version of the minced veal, it would have added more velvetyness to the dish. A highlight was the dessert wagon. A beautifully crafted two dozen dishes (eg. swan pastries) are assorted on the wagon (which is lifted by four unfortunate members of staff down the stairs and back up depending on where the next order is placed). You’d want everything and only through great self-control is it able to make a selection of a few small tibits. Overall this seems like a great place for stopping by for some after-shopping sweets after an afternoon of shopping. Prices:
There are some places which take you back in time. The Sternen in Albisrieden is the typical swiss Garten Beiz. Remember when you used to go for a meal with your parents on a summer night ? You’d sit in a large garden under some trees, some of the fancy Hawai lights (green, blue, red, yellow) were put up for decoration. This decoration was all the rage in the seventies and it continues to be in tasteful garden restaurants. If you’re a smoker you’ll like the owner, he has a clear stance on what should be allowed in a liberal country and rightly so. The initial salad was almost a tiny bit special, since it featured yellow carrots. The garlic bread was probably procured at the gas station and tasted as such. Cheap, industrial prefabricated bread with a weird technical toping with a hint of artificial garlic. The ribs were better, not your southern BBQ smoked style but edible, fries were a bit soggy. If you’re looking for a time warp experience, this is the place to be. Financials:
Saturday is my favorite day, you get up late do some shopping and cleaning up and then you head for a nice lunch. The restaurant Schuetzenruh is a really rustic swiss place near the Albisgüetli. It has a lovely garden and serves swiss food. Since I’ve already tried half the menu I opted for a vegetarian dish. A mixed salad to get started followed by a picata courgette with safron risotto and one of those well-loved warm half tomatoes. Salad isn’t worth discussing, it was normal. The picata courgette was really nice, it lacked a bit of salt but otherwise was cooked nicely, the light batter let you still taste the courgette, an excellent veggie dish. The risotto tasted like it came straight out of the Knorr Risotto “Just-add-water-and-shake” package. It was dry, lacking any creaming consistency and tasted strange. I will be back, since prices are very fair (check bill), the garden is nice and a large part of the dishes are good standard swiss fare.