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Pot au vert, Central, Zurich

Salat vom Buffet

Randenrisotto mit Meerrettichsauce und Blumenkohl

A transcendental experience led me to become a new man. In order to reach higher spiritual levels meat is no longer an option. That would have been an understandable explanation why I visited, the vegetarian Pot au Vert restaurant. Reality was much more mundane, I felt like trying it out. The place was rather empty and we chose a corner table. The salad bar was our goal for the appetizer. About 15-20 different varieties, all very fresh but not as diverse as at the Hiltl. But some very interesting man courses were featured on the menu. I went for a beet root risotto with horseradish and cauliflower. Now the presentation was a hot mess and the cauliflower boring, but the risotto had a very nice taste and the horseradish married nicely with the beet root. I think the restaurant is a classic place which needs a little bit of Kitchen Nightmares (Gordon Ramsay)/ Restauranttester (Christian Rach) help to get back on track. They have ideas, they can cook but it’s lacking sexyness and needs some revamping. Prices:

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Hiltl, Sihlstrasse, Zurich

Buffet

Tofu ? Soy Milk ? Vegetarian goobelydunk ? While I still get shivers thinking about stuff like this, there is one place which makes very good food and that is the legendary Hiltl. Since roughly a century it’s been serving vegetarian food. My personal highlight is the Riz Colonial and the buffet. It’s not cheap, but the quality of every single salad or other tidbit is high and has been prepared with a lot of care. I’m not going to jump on any vegetarian belief, but I’ll skip a meal with meat once in a while just for the salad bar here. Prices:

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Relais de L’Entrecote, Rue du Rhone, Geneva

Salade

Salade

Entrecote avec frites

Entrecote avec frites

Profiteroles

Profiteroles


A meatless diet is wrong. To counterbalance the religious zeal with which Vegans advertise their lifestyle I’d like to reiterate some proven facts about meat eaters:

  • Meat eaters have a longer life expectancy
  • Meat eaters protein and B12 intake lead to a silkier skin complexion
  • Meat eaters are more successful in their professional and personal life, since evolution has progressed them to the top of the food chain
  • So I treat myself to meat (preferrably organic) on a daily basis. The Relais de l’Entrecote seemed a great place since the only question I was asked was saignant, à point or bien cuit ? I ordered a medium rare (à point) entrecote. The dining room is extremly busy and the waitresses wearing very classic black and white uniforms are busting their balls to keep up. A small salad with a very classic french salad sauce was placed in front of me and I tucked in. After that the entrecote was served in two helpings. To me it was a disappointment, mainly it was a tad chewy and boring. It was lacking the high quality I’d have expected from a place which is famous for entrecote. The sauce was advertised as special and it was, the amount of tarragon (Estragon) was overwhelming. The fries were so so, again not quite what I’d expected. The best part of the meal was the profiterol, they were filled with vanilla ice cream together with the chocolate sauce it was a great dessert. If you want to get a glimpse of dining like it was in 1935, this is the place to goto. If you’re looking for a decent entrecote, go somewhere else. Prices:

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    Restaurant Hiltl, Zurich

    Tomaten Gazpacho

    Tomaten Gazpacho

    Couscous mit Gemüse (Badingal)

    Couscous mit Gemüse (Badingal)

    Waldpilz Vollkornpenne

    Waldpilz Vollkornpenne

    Quick lunch at Hiltl, the first and oldest vegetarian restaurant in Zurich, it’s been around for roughly a century. Now, I personally think vegan lifestyles is something for Shemales and I’m only somewhat more thrilled by pure vegetarian restaurants. But Hiltl’s quality of food is quite nice and I’ve eaten decently in the past, my favorite being their salad buffet (although pricey) and the Riz Colonial. What I really detest about Hiltl, is the techno-sleek feeling it imposes. Everything is organized, optimised and ready to be synergized. Waiters with head-sets and WiFi-Triple Band communication gadgets, leave the impression that turnover of tables is the key mantra of the Hiltl.
    We got a nice table outside on a beautiful day. As in all “well-frequented” Zurich restaurants, I’m not the paying customer which needs pampering, no I have to be glad to be actually allowed in to eat here. We were seated promptly (I had reserved in advance) but It took the waitress a considerable amount to take care of us. Ordering was a bit strange, the glass of wine I wanted from the menu (white house wine) was probably sold out[original quote], the waitress said she’ll find out, I’m still waiting for an answer. My partner’s order for 2dl of wine (price on the menu per dl) was denied, the Hiltl only has caraffes with a size of 2.5dl. Lack of meat seems to cloud the ability of the brain to think straight.
    Anyway we had a salad and a tomato gazpacho with cucumber. The salad was good, I really liked the gazpacho, some lightly sauteed scallions were added which gave it a bit of a zing. The croutons were sitting in the soup to long and were too soggy. For mains we had a libanese badingal, a sort of ratatouille with cous-couse and whole wheat penne with mushrooms. The cous-cous was good and especially the arabic seasoning on the vegetables was excellent. I made the error of ordering whole wheat pasta, which is just lacking the silky sexiness of normal pasta. Otherwise it was okay, I liked the mushrooms. Price for salad, gazpacho, badingal, penne, 5dl sparkling water, 1 espresso and a glass of wine was 78 CHF. Not a bad choice for lunch, but not spectacular (except the salad bar).