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Tinto, Langstrasse, Zurich

Kalbszunge Ravigote

Fenchel Veloute

Pulpo mit Kartoffelstock und Chorizo

Entrecote mit Kürbis

Crema catalan

I am on a roll – one new first after another and where are you reading this ? Yes, right here on the blog which answers only to one thing, the Truth. This time I went to dinner at Tinto, a new Tapas bar and restaurant at the corner of Lang- and Kanzleistrasse. Before this new founded dining establishment moved in, it was the strip club with the most attractive women – Ceasar’s – at least this is what I heard. I am actually the only patron in the dining room, since there’s a split between the bar (where they serve tapas) and the dining room (proper menu, no tapas). Most people seem to enjoy the slighlty less formal atmosphere at the bar. The menu is small and today there’s also a tasting menu, which I go for. I start with a calf tongue ravigote, which looks like a carpaccio and has a oily yet tasty sauce, which was nicely scooped up with the splendid bread. Only criticism is that in a tasting menu, the dish was just too heavy. Next up was a fennel veloute with calf sweetbreads and mussels. My issues with the dish, were that the mussels were unneeeded, the sweetbreads were too thick, the veloute was more of a puree and it was cold (intentionally). Interesting attempt, but needs some reworking. The pulpo with chorizo (parts of it in a molecular powdery way) came on top of some mashed potatoes which reminded a bit of Robuchon’s (albeit not quite as spectacular). Main course was a normal entrecote with some pumpkin on the side. The perfect ending was a very fluffy and airy Crema Catalan (probably a gas cartridge was used). Honestly I thought the tasting menu was more interesting than the components on the regular menu and I wasn’t sure why they’re only serving tapas at the bar and not at a table. On the other hand it seems like there’s a Ferran Adria fan in the kitchen who’s ready to do some experimenting. I’ll be interested to see how this develops. They feature interesting wines and being spanish also offer a decent selection of my favourite wine region (Ribero del Duero). What I thought was interesting is offering glasses by the wine which go up to almost 20 CHF, at that level I usually go for a bottle. Prices:

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Zum goldenen Fass, Zwinglistrasse, Zurich

Tapas

Mistkratzerli mit Pommes frites

The Zueritipp and assorted friends of mine spoke favourably of the Restaurant zum goldenen Fass. With a group of friends we sat down for dinner. When we ordered two plates of Tapas as an appetizer, the lady told us that we would be okay with just one (42 CHF) she was right and it was fair to point that out. We enjoyed the chicken skewers and shrimp, the albondigas lacked a bit of fire and taste, and the two octopus variants where somewhat unconvincing due to flavor and texture. We were excited to get our main course which was a smaller chicken with french fries. The best known spanish chicken place is Emilio near the Stauffacher and apparently this place here poached one of their chefs. The chicken was nice, moist and clearly tasted of butter and garlic. The french fries however were a sorry mess. Soggy, strips of potatos swimming in oil were found on our plate – when pointed out she apologized and said this isn’t the way it should be. Anyway – the place cheap (the chicken was 25 CHF) and I believe if you stick to the right dishes from the Tapas menu, the Paella or the chicken with a different side order, you’ll do great. It’s good to know that there are still places in Zurich with prices which won’t send you to poverty. The glass of Limoncello is nice for female patrons, we needed some Carajillos to get the taste out of our mouths.

Restaurant Hermannseck, Birmensdorferstrasse, Zurich

Fleisch und Käse mit Kräutersüppchen

Fleisch und Käse mit Kräutersüppchen

Trüffeltartare

Trueffeltartare

I headed to dinner at the Hermanseck. A nice place near Bahnhof Wiedikon with a large gay community, so I start thinking that maybe I shouldn’t dine alone here with my manly good looks. Anyway I got excellent service, was well attended to and no phone numbers made it my way. The menu said something about Tapas and I asked what was available. They showed me a tasty display of cheese and meat, which I chose as an appetizer. The salami and the cheese was nice, but I don’t like thick chunks of chorizo, it either needs to be cut thin or cooked. I’ve had a lovely plate with five different tartares here during summer and decided to try the signature dish, the truffle tartare. A lovely rich and sensual smell hits your nose, spreading on a piece of bread it’s a powerful bite which you dig into. Unfortunately it’s not a very delicate dish and the portion is large, so I grew tired of it after about half of the tartare. Still for a neighborhood restaurant it gets a decent rating – Finances.

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