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Old 30.07.2011, 13:46
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I was once at Nimmi's with a Swiss and Indian friend and we all liked it. The food was nice and the staff friendly. What can one ask more at that price?

Having lived in India for quite some time, I can confirm that there is no such thing as "Indian Cuisine". It's a nice blend of regions, cultures and cross border influences. When one refers to typical Indian cuisine, usually home made food is meant (probably what you are used to have as a child).

Oh yes, the "bad service in Switzerland" idea again. If everyone would complain at the police station for every single of bad words heard, or service not given at a certain standard, than the police must probably start to create an extra division who takes care of restaurants and bad service and unhappy customer. Luckily they are busy solving real crimes.

It's bad experience you made, get over it. Life is full of sunshine.

Someone else also thinks Nimmi's is nice - the pictures in the blog are also yummy.

http://geeksinzurich.blogspot.com/20...to-eat-in.html
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Good point!

To provide some clarity, food along with language, music, ethinicity, history can be distinctly divided into North and South India. Sri Lanka falls within the sphere of South India. More specifically, food from Sri Lanka is very similar to food in South India. Even more specifically, the food in North, West, and Central Sri Lanka (Kandy + the Tamil areas) shares much with food from Kerala.

And I should also add to the OP, that curry/kari is a Tamil word, now gone global. So lecturing a Tamil restauranteur on its meaning was a poor choice. Further, a word of advice, pissing of Tamil Tigers as you label, is a very poor choice.

Regardless, talking of Indian food is a bit silly, as it's a large diverse continent.
"Indian food" is to be regarded as a kind of "umbrella-word". I have seen restaurants in places like London producing/selling cuisine(s) from Geneva to Budapest. The cuisines HAVE differences of course, but are relatively similar for outsiders.

By the things above, a question comes up to me : Do people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu speak the same language as those in the Tamil areas on SriLanka ? And a side question: What is the meaning of the word "Nadu" ?
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I think Nadu means land. Tamil Nadu is defined by the language spoken there: Tamil. It means something like Land of Tamil (the language).

But maybe I'm wrong and someone else can give a more educated answer.

Don't know about the language, assuming the different roots of "indian" languages. I guess both can communicate with each other.


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"Indian food" is to be regarded as a kind of "umbrella-word". I have seen restaurants in places like London producing/selling cuisine(s) from Geneva to Budapest. The cuisines HAVE differences of course, but are relatively similar for outsiders.

By the things above, a question comes up to me : Do people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu speak the same language as those in the Tamil areas on SriLanka ? And a side question: What is the meaning of the word "Nadu" ?
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

Well, they all speak Tamil, so yes they can understand each other. There are various dialects throughout Tamil Nadu plus the one in Lanka,

When one advertises oneself as an Indian restaurant, it's usually to serve Mughlai/Panjabi food plus some stereotpical dishes from elsewhere in the continent. However, I still contend it's a silly misnomer. Just like saying one is a European restaurant, which in North America usually means Germanic or Central European Slavic dishes.

Tamil Nadu does mean Tamil Land just like Deutschland, England, etc. But obviously it's not the exclusive place where Tamils live.
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I understand that the experience offended you. However, it seems like you are over-reacting if you want to take it as far as filing with the police. You said yourself that you didn't understand what they were saying. While it is probably safe to assume (based on the bit you did understand and the body language, etc.) that it was not positive, I think you should just let this one go and not return. Maybe I'm wrong on this one, but don't private businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason?

And to be honest, I've had waaaaay more bad meals than good meals in my years in Zurich. Highly disappointing, but not a police matter.
Well he clearly said in English against Indian people . There is nothing doubt left about it and his anager was more on the issue that I am an Indian.

Hence I have filed a formal complaint.
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I was once at Nimmi's with a Swiss and Indian friend and we all liked it. The food was nice and the staff friendly. What can one ask more at that price?

Having lived in India for quite some time, I can confirm that there is no such thing as "Indian Cuisine". It's a nice blend of regions, cultures and cross border influences. When one refers to typical Indian cuisine, usually home made food is meant (probably what you are used to have as a child).

Oh yes, the "bad service in Switzerland" idea again. If everyone would complain at the police station for every single of bad words heard, or service not given at a certain standard, than the police must probably start to create an extra division who takes care of restaurants and bad service and unhappy customer. Luckily they are busy solving real crimes.

It's bad experience you made, get over it. Life is full of sunshine.

Someone else also thinks Nimmi's is nice - the pictures in the blog are also yummy.

http://geeksinzurich.blogspot.com/20...to-eat-in.html

well no resturant serve stale food atleast I have never been to one myself in Zurich and more over when i complained him the food is stale he started to abuse me and other Indian people. There is nothing to forget it.

definitley finely chopped beetroot does not count as curry , if it does in this sense everything from India is curry and hence no need to name seperatley anything . That would be stupid.

More over importing cheap drinks from China and selling them on name of Mango Juice and gauav juice is not acceptable.
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Hence I have filed a formal complaint.
If I did that for every time I have had an anti-English comment directed at me, from all around the world, I would be practically living at the police stations of the world. Better to try to educate by example - smiles, slay them with niceness etc.
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well no resturant serve stale food atleast I have never been to one myself in Zurich and more over when i complained him the food is stale he started to abuse me and other Indian people. There is nothing to forget it.

definitley finely chopped beetroot does not count as curry , if it does in this sense everything from India is curry and hence no need to name seperatley anything . That would be stupid.

More over importing cheap drinks from China and selling them on name of Mango Juice and gauav juice is not acceptable.
You did not like the food. Agreed. Don't go back. Ever.

Sorry, but now it seems you are making a mountain out of a molehill.

Cheap drinks from China ? I am not even sure what that means. Bottled juice has to be bottled somewhere. Was it past the expiration date ? Were you expecting fresh juice for 4 francs ?

Finely chopped beetroot does count as a veg. Again, its just a misunderstanding in what they meant by curry and what you thought it meant.
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Thanks HB for putting another point of view and clearing up a couple of points. This sort of post is always a problem for me. I appreciate that someone can be bitterly disappointed in a place, an article of clothing, a meal, a car... but it is really important to stand back a little and look at things rationally before making rather wild accusations. Racial discrimination should be taken seriously but it is very difficult to see, reading the whole post, exactly where this started.

The 'worst' in the title is just as likely an exaggeration as the 'best curry' Thread I questioned a couple of days ago - a pity.
But the "best curry" post has had a good outcome - with it prompting me to initiate this evenings Curry In THe Park Event (cf: Events page for detials. I am looking forward to meeting up with some unknown EF Folk in Basel.
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Many people from the forum asked me to respond ...

First of all, vegetable curry is curry! So you one complaint is nonsense. Absolute nonsense. You get the one meat curry plus 3 veggie curries. Second you complain of chf4 drinks. This is standard in Switzerland, actually it is cheap compared to most places. I should also mention that meals at Nimmi's costs about chf14. Now that is dirt cheap in Switzerland. So bear that in mind when expecting 5 star food quality. Nimmi's is a small dine in/take away joint with food freshly cooked around noon, that is yes reheated in the microwave when you order. This is fairly obvious when you enter. Seems your main problem is expecting too much and further making complaints based a complete lack of knowledge of prices in Switzerland. And you also have a huge problem in not knowing what the word curry means, which is quite emabarrassing for an Indian.

I should mention that I have been going to Nimmi's for 3.5 years and they have been very friendly, very generous, and the food value is much more than the 12-14chf you pay. We have had many Forum events there and I've also had several Dining Out events there. No complaints, only praise. The place is always busy with many Swiss regulars. I know people from here, from the UK, from India, from Sri Lanka, from Canada, US, Italy, France, who all enjoy the place.

So one has to wonder why you are the only one who has had such a bad experience. I can imagine your type, but let's just leave it at that.
May be vegetable is curry but chopped beetroot do not count curry ... Just Mung Daal do not count curry .. if these all are curries then everything is curry hence your understanding of Indian cuisines is very little and non sensible. Importing drinks from china with greek labels on top and selling on name of Guava and mango juice is definitely a trick and cheating. Even a simple fresh jiuice 200 ml manufactured in switzerland do no cost 4 SFr . No one expects 5 star service in a small resturant and nor do i said i expected but NO ONE ALSO EXPECTS STALE FOOD BEING SERVED.
Well they might be freindly with you because you might be TAMIL or from SOUTH INDIA . I have no doubts about it.

Well check out indian students blog called INSAZ and many indian students said there that they also had BAD FOOD served in NIMMI in past.

it clearly appears to me now that this resturant has a good service for all other people except Indian people. For this guy clearöy said to me ' You and Your people we have enough of you ' after he asked me from where I am. If you do not beleive me we can go together and verify may be then you give people on this forum an explanation for this statement.

This guy has racial hatred deep rooted in his mind his attitude shows clearly. Not to mention the pictures of terrorist Prabhakaran he hangs in his resrutant. I guess probabaly he would have been one of LTTE members himself and would have taken pleasure in killing Indians in past with the level of ager he demonstrated when i told him I am Indian.

And i should also mention that it was only one of this guy in resturant . I never said that whole restaurant staff was like him but he silenced everyone when he came to abuse me.

may be you go and ask him or better we go together and come back and explain people of this forum what happened and then it would be clear who is right and who is wrong.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

How many Tamil South Indian Resturants are there in Zurich?
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well no resturant serve stale food atleast I have never been to one myself in Zurich and more over when i complained him the food is stale he started to abuse me and other Indian people. There is nothing to forget it.

definitley finely chopped beetroot does not count as curry , if it does in this sense everything from India is curry and hence no need to name seperatley anything . That would be stupid.

More over importing cheap drinks from China and selling them on name of Mango Juice and gauav juice is not acceptable.

-- Chopped beetroot curry
As of srilankan food this is counted as a curry ,5 curries meant vegatables of 5 different tastes, just for 15 CHF you cannot expect a 5 bowls of curry
-- Importing Cheap drinks
In Switzerland , there is Lebenscontrol , they check each and every product being imported and importer has to produce certificate from laboratory on its contents, so whatever they sell is certified to drink

-- before taking the food get to know what exactly being served this will solve huge problems
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I can't help asking myself why you even bothered to go to this restaurant. Maybe you thought that the food would be good but I am surprised that you stayed, given that you were clearly offended by the 'terrorist' pictures.
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As for why he has Indian on the window, it's fairly obvious to most. I even asked a few people before posting my thoughts, and they all said the same thing. Not everyone may be aware that Sri Lankan food is curries et al, so he obviously mentions Indian so people know what kind of food is being served inside.

Now, as I mentioned above, many Indians frequent the place and have no issues. He was obviously reacting to your tone of voice and I can imagine, knowing your kind, exactly how you were complaining. So yes, maybe he went too far with the Indian comment, but I am sure it is exactly your kind of Indian that caused so much trouble during the stationing of the Indian army in Sri Lanka.

Having been a regular over so long, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt over your singular instance.

well my kinf of Indian . dude we go to pakistani restaurant here BOMBAY- KARACHI almost 3-4 times a week and the whole world knows we are arch rivals . But never i had experiences such a problems or even a single shred of racial abuse there. And this is callled professional way of working.
This guy from Sri Lanka carries deep seeted hatred in his mind and come here and get asylum but still remain a LTTE terrorist in his mind and heart.

He should have better stayed back home and continued his ' work '.

I would not be so critical while replying to you but it clearly appears to me that you have a clear bias towards him and would be defending him on any case. Your replies shows as if I had done something wrong in NIMMI where as I just stated the facts i experienced.
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May be vegetable is curry but ... clear who is right and who is wrong.
I seriously think you need to calm down.
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Interesting. I went there about two months ago and was seriously ill for 3 days. When I told people about it they assumed I was just sensitive to Tamil food, which I vehemently denied. Now I have some anecdotal support for my claim that the bastards poisoned me, after a little argument about the drinks order, and an unorthodox ordering style ("forget the menu. Just give me some curry chicken and rice shit, please").
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Even a simple fresh jiuice 200 ml manufactured in switzerland do no cost 4 SFr
Yes, it does. (Quite likely more than that, in fact.)

Just move on.
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an unorthodox ordering style ("forget the menu. Just give me some curry chicken and rice shit, please").
So they gave you shit, you got poisoned, and you're complaining?
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

I would be very careful with your accusations on an open Forum. In fact I'd like to see this thread closed on account of the OP's accusations against this business proprietor. He seems to have become judge and jury on this mans political inclinations.



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well my kinf of Indian . dude we go to pakistani restaurant here BOMBAY- KARACHI almost 3-4 times a week and the whole world knows we are arch rivals . But never i had experiences such a problems or even a single shred of racial abuse there. And this is callled professional way of working.
This guy from Sri Lanka carries deep seeted hatred in his mind and come here and get asylum but still remain a LTTE terrorist in his mind and heart.

He should have better stayed back home and continued his ' work '.

I would not be so critical while replying to you but it clearly appears to me that you have a clear bias towards him and would be defending him on any case. Your replies shows as if I had done something wrong in NIMMI where as I just stated the facts i experienced.
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In fact I'd like to see this thread closed on account of the OP's accusations against this business proprietor.
I'd say the OP is adeptly digging a large hole for himself. The intelligent and discerning folks at EF can judge for themselves whether this restaurant deserves their custom or not.
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