Posts tagged ‘Sushi’
Against better judgement I went to checkout Yen’s restaurant. I was hesitant for the fact that they had a Dein Deal or Groupon offering and very seldomly do decent restaurants show up on these marketing channels. The reason I went there was really because a good friend’s wife is called Yen, so it seemed like the restaurant can’t be that bad. I sat down and was pleasantly surprised how friendly the people where. The menu carries a Japanese and an “Asian” section. I’m always turned off by something called “Asian”, that’s like going to a “European” restaurant, it just doesn’t do the diversity of the continent any justice. I started out with three tuna sushi pieces and a plate of Chirasi, essentially raw fish and vegetables on top of some sushi rice. I was very pleasantly surprised, if you like going to places like Yooji or similar, forget about them come here to taste great sushi. The quality of the fish and the rice were pretty good, this certainly was one of the better sushi meals I had in Zurich. The next dish was a Kushiyaki, some beef skewers with salad. I wasn’t too happy with the texture of the meat (could have been grilled a bit more) and taste was too subtle for my palate. The main course didn’t quite meet the expectations I had, it was Hongkong by Night, a duck dish with a sauce and rice. This is the same old Suan Long cuisine you’ll find in most “Asian” places. I’d recommend the place for pretty good sushi, making the advice to stick to the Japanese part of the menu and you’ll do great. For the first time ever am I inclined to say, if you grab a Dein Deal / Groupon voucher for a Sushi plate here, that’s actually a pretty smart choice. Prices:
Sometimes tucked away and not visible to the passerby you find a decent place to eat. Shinsen apparently is one of the bigger suppliers of Japanese foods in Zurich and inside of their factory they have a small restaurant for lunch. Started with some Gyoza, they were okay, not quiet as good as the ones you can get at the Ooki. The Bento box had a nice combination of Sushi, Tuna Tartare and Sashimi. The ambience isn’t great, but you can watch the factory in the back creating food, which is fresh and decent. But the place is becoming popular quickly and it pays to have a reservation – prices are above average:
The Tsukijij Fishmarket is a must see in Tokyo and what do you get for breakfast afterwards ? A bagel and a Starbucks Lappucino, if you’re a real tourist. Less adventurous people will have some Sushi at 06:00 in the morning. It is difficult to get fresher fish than here. Theres a whole lot of fish I’ve never even hear about, which the chef is happy to roll and cut for you. The most interesting thing was trying different types of tuna with different fat contents. A sublime experience in weighing and tasting the different subtle flavors. Prices are cheap for this type of quality:
O Tabe is yet another Sushi place, located near Paradeplatz. What drove me here, was that they offered Bento Box lunches, something which I’ve come to enjoy abroad. Since I was hungry, I did order some Sushi and added a couple of Inside-Out rolls to beef up on the amount of Sushi. The system is quite foolproof, you tick off boxes on a piece of paper and hand it to the waiter. I didn’t care much for the Inside-Out roll of the month (scallops), but I really liked the Spicy Tuna roll which I added to the regular Sushi. Prices are okay for lunch (figure the rent plus food costs) – with 25 CHF for a Bento at lunch.
Japanese places tend to pop up in classy and trendy neighborhoods to cater to people with full wallets. Samurai doesn’t quite follow this pattern. It’s located on Weststrasse, just next to a whorehouse. Depending on the company you’re entertaining this could give you a chance of satisfying all needs of your clientele within walking distance. The owner, the cooks and most of the waiters are Japanese so this seems to be a promising setup. Unlike the more snobby and tacky Sushi places around Paradeplatz and in the Seefeld, this one is rather functional and minimalistic. I order some Tako-Yaki, which is a small dough ball with a bit of octopus on the inside. But the fantastic parts are the bonito flakes which are sprinkled on top and still twitch with the heat of the dough balls. Sushi we had afterwards was a revelation. Fresh, top quality fish, excellent rice, appealing presentation and great prices. Don’t be startled by the sake dish, the wooden cup is called Masu and it’s a bit tedious to drink from it. Apparently this is a traditional way of drinking sake, I’m assuming that the wood affects the taste and find it hard to believe. Still making a small mess seems normal. After having eaten at Samurai there’s no reason to go for Sushi in any other place, especially since the prices are decent for Sushi in Zurich: