Posts tagged ‘Strange’
Chisinau is the capital of Moldova and as such an interesting place to dine. Being the poorest country in Europe, the amount of Bentleys and AMG tuned Mercedes, which roam the streets is surprising. We tried to get a table at La Taifa and a steakhouse but they were all full on a Friday night. We landed at Vila Vechi, the interior look like a cross between a high school gym and a dining room at a nursing room. Judging from the equipment it probably is very popular for marriages and other functions. Looking at the menu, the bottle of Moldovian Cricova sparkling wine, sells for 9 CHF so we decided we needed one to help us make up our mind. The menu was absolutely huge, about 20 pages full of food. The quality of the food was horrible, even if you lower your standards the food just doesn’t deliver against any basic cooking skills. There’s no balance of flavours, the signature dish Rabbit Vile Vechi, was completely overcooked and the bread was just as bad as in the United States. The positive thing here is that Moldova is well known for its wines which is one of their biggest exports. Having no clue we took the simple approach of going for the most expensive bottle on the menu and were surprised by the wine, it was above drinkable, strongly towards good and at 34 CHF of great value. Moldova right now doesn’t need an international aid package it needs a cooking skill transfer.
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.