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Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

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I am writing this thread to explain you what happened with me yesterday. I along with my friend (who is a Swiss guy ) went to NIMMI Tamil restaurant in Josefstrasse 137. We ordered vegetarian plate which on the menu said 4 curries with Rice or Roti and also we ordered Manjo Juice and Guava Juice from Menu.

To our surprise they completely deceived us. Here is what happened
1. They supplied us with some cheap drinks from China in name of juice we ordered and for which they charged 4 SFr. each.
2. When the food plate came we completely taken with surprise. The food was stale and there was only one curry instead of 4 as it said on Menu. I ordered Rice and my friend ordered Roti. Everything was Stale and it was clearly evident that it was just warm in microwave !
3. I called the guy to tell him that there are no 4 curries but rather one " subzi " of gourd , 1 dal of Moong , Beet root just finely chopped in some sauce and Spinach. I told him none of this constitute curry. My friend told him that his Roti is very hard .
4. Now he became instantly aggressive and tone of his speech changed . He asked me if I am from India and I said Yes but what it has to do with my question !
5. Then he started abusing me and I quote , " You and your people ..... We have had enough of you ... Do not argue with me or else I would ... " But his colleague stooped him of saying anything further by saying him something in Tamil.
6. Then the people in restaurant argued among themselves in Tamil and all I understood was word " Army " and this guy time and again pointing to photo of Prabhakaran - leader of terrorist organisation LTTE whose picture he proudly hanged in his restaurant.
7. Me and my friend have had enough and we left the restaurant without eating
8. Today my friend called me and told that he had some stomach problems from some food yesterday we ate at restaurant and I also had to see doctor in Permanence Clinic.
9. Now today I went to Police Station in Banhoquai and told them all about this . They said that they would send Food Inspector to check the food but they cannot do something about racial abuse this guy did.
10. I request the members of this forum to kindly point me the right person or Office to whom I can approach to file a formal complaint for racial abuse against the restaurant.
11. The main reason for me to do this is I cannot tolerate some one making fool of people by serving them stale food and more over being racist to one community.

I understand that in past India and Tamils in Sri Lanka did not had very cordial relation but it does not make any sense on part of this guy to treat Indians like this. And then I asked him why do you use name "Indische" Restaurant if you hate Indians , he was bit dumbfounded and just answered , "It is my restaurant and I would serve what I like , I would call dishes what I like , I would name my restaurant what I like. "

12. If he would have just humbly said Sorry for a stale food I would probably not even think of making complaint.

Looking forward to hear some s12. I request you to Kindly save your self of eating bad food by not going to uggestion to where I can formal complaint against this restaurant.

Correction for last part of text

" Looking forward to hear some suggestions. I request you to Kindly save your self of eating bad food by not going to this restaurant. "

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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

Whatever, the "Nimmi" is no longer in the electronic phone-book and neither is the phone-number given on the WEBsite. And nothing similar comes up under their address. Don't ask me what this means.
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Racial abuse (discrimination) is a criminal offense. Re-direct your efforts back to the Police Station.

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Whatever, the "Nimmi" is no longer in the electronic phone-book and neither is the phone-number given on the WEBsite. And nothing similar comes up under their address. Don't ask me what this means.
I was in two minds about deleting this anyway, as (new or few-post) posters who come up with glowing praise for some firm have, in the past, turned out to be the owner himself or closely connected with the firm and damning reports are, for me, suspiciously like something coming from a competitor.
I believe the guy here once said he is an Indian chef, so the jury is still out.
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Whatever, the "Nimmi" is no longer in the electronic phone-book and neither is the phone-number given on the WEBsite. And nothing similar comes up under their address. Don't ask me what this means.
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7. Me and my friend have had enough and we left the restaurant without eating

8. Today my friend called me and told that he had some stomach problems from some food yesterday we ate at restaurant and I also had to see doctor in Permanence Clinic.
Hmmmmmmmm - an interesting case of Quantum Dining
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

I went to Police Station in Banhofquai and they said me that they cannot do much in it. Should I go to them again and press for registering complaint ? Or should I go to some other office ?
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I went to Police Station in Banhofquai and they said me that they cannot do much in it. Should I go to them again and press for registering complaint ? Or should I go to some other office ?
Whatever, can you get me a Prawn Vindaloo on the way back ?
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Whatever, can you get me a Prawn Vindaloo on the way back ?

What do you mean ?
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Hmmmmmmmm - an interesting case of Quantum Dining
Well I meant that we left the restaurant without eating complete meal because of the fight that ensued.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

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.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

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.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

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.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

Lets make a lunch event there and we can add the opinion of mexican people

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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.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

normally if you eat in any srilankan restaurant they say rice with 5 curries
or roti with 5 curries

Curry doesnot mean indian curry served in indian restaurant like Dhall makni,Chana masala,green peas, malai ,panner

It could be vegetable mix of 1 or 3 curries in small quantity , Dhall ,spinach

so there is difference in understanding.

If the food is stale you have right to reject it
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

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.
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Re: Worst Tamil South Indian Resturant in Zurich

next time, may be, go in with a 'I love Nimmi' T-shirt with a big smile on your face...things will be much better, trust me!.......

but just make sure that Nimmi is not the owner's daughter's name..
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Ah, many thanks. Then it is the one I had in mind. I ate there once, lamb or beef actually, and it was good. I am not a cooking-specialist and am in favour of a good use of the microwave. I mean, the use of the microwave is necessary to keep the prices down. If you want non-microwave, you have to go to a class higher, like the TandooriBBQ, the Masala, the Raja Bongo, the Taj Palace, or the Kerala.

It is obvious to me that "Indian Cuisine" does not mean cuisine from the Republic of India but cuisine from "Greater India" (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Ceylon/SriLanka and Burma)

The chap described by the OP as "terrorist" is still very popular among Tamils, and according to a recent report in the Tages Anzeiger quite many Tamils here deplore the "lost war".

Back to my remark before, I suppose that "Nimmi" works under the very different name of the shop

And back to that restaurant manager. I remember that he asked me HOW I wanted to have the meal and was pleased when hearing "spicy the real way", but laughingly "warned" me : "ok, but we keep our word".

I cannot tell who was right in the incident in question.
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. And then I asked him why do you use name "Indische" Restaurant

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can we ask you why does your title say "South Indian" Restaurant?
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can we ask you why does your title say "South Indian" Restaurant?
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.
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