I went to Josef in Zürich last year for our anniversary, and it was a lovely evening with great food and very knowledgeable wait staff. It was a welcome change from other dining experiences I've had in Zürich, and reminded me a bit of the style and service that I was used to from nicer restaurants in San Francisco.
Now that I've got a bit of help in the evenings with the kids (while my parents are in town!), I thought why not go back. We don't get many nights out these days.
Here's the thing: they've instituted a seating policy from Thurs-Sat where they have two seatings, and the people from the first seating have to leave by 9p. I'm not opposed to that per se since we aren't the type to linger on, but at the time of booking, I had to click through at least two or three pages of "Do you understand that you need to leave by 9p" and I had to check a box that I understood that I have to leave by a certain time.
So based on this, I wonder what kind of sign this is. Frankly, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I wonder why they can't manage their seatings in a normal way like other restaurants. But maybe I'm missing something cultural. Is it a sign of their popularity? Is it a sign that things have gone south? What do you think? I am contemplating whether it's still worth it for me to go since we have so few free nights.