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Old 08.04.2009, 17:10
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

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On Saturday, I had a really nice meal at Divine Bar. ...
Mm, now I'd buy that for a Dollar!

Sounds great.

On the theme of Rant -vs- Review, there are few reviews worth reading, yet most Rants are entertaining. Any restaurant review should be 98% Attack, and 2% Thank You to the marvellous valet / cloakroom girl / interior designer. Anything else is just too bland

Anyone who's worked professionally in service knows when things are not right and unfortunately - in Zürich in particular - things are rarely very good. It's a miserable rule of service that the customer will ignore the good and highlight the bad, but that's what makes the job such good sport - and rewarding when done right.

I vote for more educated rubbishing of poor service and lousy meals. Not: 'Do you know who I am?', more: 'Who are they taking us for?'

The culture here is - perversely - not one of criticism when it comes to restaurants. "Alles gute xsi?"* is rarely replied with "Ja-in, leider nicht perfect..."** rather "Superxsi..."

He who pays the bill decides if it was nice or not, for reasons of decorum

My in-the-field tip is to complain in situ to anyone who'll listen, but NEVER at the table. Take the complaint to their territory, where they'll be offguard to patrons confronting them. It's also polite to raise stink away from the table Invariably you'll get a better and more prompt result by having a quiet word with whoever on their turf.

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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

GRÜNTAL CREPERIEhas changed its name to Bei Babette

Bei Babette
Bertastr. 16
8003 Zürich

T: 043 366 85 02
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

As we don't know Zurich that well, having only eaten in Movie which was lovely but huge platefuls (it was lunchtime and still had shopping to do). We are heading to Zurich tomorrow night and as we will arrive at the main station can anyone recommend a good indian or something similar that is not too much off the beaten track, otherwise we'll spend hours wondering which street to turn down next. Thanks for your help.
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Off the beaten path is often the best idea for restaurants in Zürich, I find.

For Spanish:
Restaurant Marenostrum
Aemtlerstrasse 160
8003 Zürich Kreis 3 (Sihlfeld)

For Lebanese:
Palm de Beirute
Bertastr. 76, 8003 Zürich

For Tibetan:
Shangrila
Ziegeleiweg 2 (cross-street Birmensdorfer)
8055 Zürich
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Off the beaten path is often the best idea for restaurants in Zürich, I find.

For Spanish:
Restaurant Marenostrum
Aemtlerstrasse 160
8003 Zürich Kreis 3 (Sihlfeld)

For Lebanese:
Palm de Beirute
Bertastr. 76, 8003 Zürich

For Tibetan:
Shangrila
Ziegeleiweg 2 (cross-street Birmensdorfer)
8055 Zürich
Thanks Jessy-Lein thats a great variety to look in to are they easy enough to find?
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Shangrila is almost on Birmensdorfer and is right by Thalwiel tram stop on the 9 and 14.
Marenostrum is on Aemtlerwiese and is across the street from the Sihlfeld friedhoff and right on the 33 bus line between the stops "Bertastrasse" and "Krematorium"
Palme de Beirut is hard to find. From Goldbrunnenplatz, it's Goldbrunnenstrasse to the end.
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Go to the beginning of the thread.

Restaurant Beyond (http://www.restaurant-beyond.ch)
Zollstr. 20
8005 Zürich
New number: 043 366 83 45 (Chinese & Thai)

Just behind the main station - walk to the last platform. Go to the back. You will be on Zollstrasse

For indian go to King's Curry (see beginning of this thread). Take tram 14 to Bahnhof Wiedikon.

Also Vulkan near the main station is good for Indian.

In the Niederdorf you have the choice of Khan's and Blue Monkey Cocostin. (Bang Song Thai too . a bit harder to find).
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Suan Long Chinese (Bahnoff Enge) NOT recommended !

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Had the best dim sums I've ever had in Zurich last night. Okay, not
much competition there, but definitely worth checking out if you miss
them.

Suan Long restaurant at Enge Bhf has them I think from wednesday night
to saturday or sunday. It's about Sfr5-8 for each serve. They have a
range from the usual dumplings to duck's tongue and chicken feet to
custard steamed buns.


Will definitely be going back.
I cant recommend Suan Long. In fact i would stay clear of this place.
They have little regards for their customers and i have found them not to be very obliging at all. Try another establishment if you want a dining experience
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Hey there,
do you know http://menuonline1981.appspot.com ? After a few years in ZH I love Lilly's asian food near limmat platz and also hiltl vegi food near rennweg but how to find more good ones?

How to make my wife and friends and myself happy when we go out for dinning?

I started searching for dishes we like on http://menuonline1981.appspot.com. I just enter a dish and a post code for example: sushi 8001. That get s me details about the way they do the dish on menu, price, address and some reviews.
En guete!
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

I'm not sure how popular or well known 'Yelp is in CH.. but it's very widely used to search/review restaurants/stores/medical/any service in US and some countries overseas.

I saw Yelp Zurich..

You might get some info based on people's review.

http://www.yelp.com/ and type zurich
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Rendez-vous at enge is very nice, especially for lunch
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Cafe munz, sidestreet of bahnhofstrasse is also goog, great curry and good service
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

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I had to put a quick list together of my commonly visited restaurants in Zurich for some swiss friends. So here's a copy. I've not put down other restaurants like Hiltl, Cheyennes/Iroqois, Chässtube Rehalp (posted here before) because if I sit here and think of all restaurants, I'd never leave.





Casual Asian places:

Beyond – this is Sichuan /Chinese food where the staff from the Chinese Embassy go to eat. They have two menus – one is normal “trendy” menu where they also have Thai stuff, but they have another menu …. And the food is quite different. This is just across the road from the Hbf, on the Landesmuseum side.
Restaurant Beyond (
http://www.restaurant-beyond.ch)
Zollstr. 20
8005 Zürich
New number: 043 366 83 45

Tiffins – great trendy thai food. Very crowded after 7:30pm on most days but very quick service. http://www.tiffins.ch/start.html

Peking Duck and some other chinese dishes - Entehuus, Alfred Escher-Str. 11 8002 Zürich, T 01/2014490. Went there for Peking Duck and were surprised at how inexpensive it was.

Brunch:

Bohemia – has good food normally but also great Sunday brunch including English breakfast or American style pancakes. This is on Kreuzplatz (Tram 11) http://www.bohemia.ch/bohemia/

Creperie Güntal – has great Crepes. I had the one with Salami, leek (lauch), olives, chilli and Mark had the smoked trout with crème fraise. Also has sweet crepes. Open ‘till late. In Wipkingen, near Escher-Wyss Platz

GRÜNTAL CREPERIE
BREITENSTEINSTR. 21
8037 ZÜRICH
SCHWEIZ
Tel. +41 (0) 43 366 85 02
(this place has moved - I'm leaving it here until I find out its new address)


Thai

(Added 30/8/2007) Ah Hua -
My current favourite Thai place. Booking is necessary. There are two restaurants due to demand and they're mostly booked out during meal times. Plenty of locals, atmosphere is very casual and price is good. There's no website but I'm adding a link to a german review:
http://www.myzuri.ch/artikel/278.php
Ah Hua - Brauerstr 9, 8004 Zurich (044 241 3937)
P/s: Spicy is spicy - I actually got a chilli rush with the Lab Gai

Roi Et – Really good Thai place. It’s not “trendy” but there are plenty of delicate flavours in the food. Very extensive menu for such a small place. Bus Stop: 31/32 Militairestrasse, off Langstrasse.
Roi-Et. Schöneggstrasse 30, 8004

Blue Monkey – Another good restaurant in Niederdorf. Trendy setup. Don’t go upstairs – it’s just same food for more price. Stay down, in the restaurant/café. www.bluemonkey.ch


Bang Song Thai – Good but booking essential. Also in the Niederdorf
Bang Song Thai.
Kirchgasse 6,
Zürich,
Phone:, +41 (44) 252 3331

Indian

Kings Kurry – probably the indian restaurant with the best reputation in Zurich. Service can sometimes be a bit slow but food is good. Near Bhf Wiedikon. http://www.kingskurry.ch/

Spice Route – very good place, as loved by many. Opposite Letzigrund Stadium. http://www.spiceroute.ch/index.html

Kerala – Very good south indian food. I can recommend their buffet on Wednesdays and Sundays. A good place to try south Indian food.
http://www.keralarestaurant.ch/


Ravi’s – this is in Wipkingen and they have different things. Also good but perhaps not as good as the top restaurants - but different cook, different tastes. http://www.ravis.ch

Just recently tried Handi in Oerlikon and quite liked it. Service was a little slow, but hey, one has to relax with indian food. http://www.handi-restaurant.ch


Restaurants for Special Occassions

Romantik Hotel Florhof Restaurant - This is our favourite restaurant. It’s French and the food is always good. The chef lives in Colmar and goes home on the weekends. But you have to check if its open on weekends because it sometimes is. I can really recommend this place for a great cosy meal. Don’t really need to dress up but you can. We would go in normal jeans. If you have a birthday, let them know. The chef will make a cake. http://www.florhof.ch/ We’ve never been disappointed.


(Added 16/2/07)Rigiblick Restaurant - A great restaurant with really good creative food and wonderful ingredients. The location is quiet - just at the Rigiblick stop. You can take the Seilbahn up from Seilbahn Rigiblick stop (trams 9/10 bus 33). If you have a birthday, let them know. The chef made us a cake. More info: http://www.restaurantrigiblick.ch/ There is also a Bistro that I've not tried.


Japanese

I don't know much about Japanese food but Ginger on Seefeldstrasse is nice (across the road from Tiffins) but expensive. The chef prepares all dishes in the center (sushi/sashimis) and places it on a conveyor belt. The restaurant is very small and you can chat with chef and watch the preparation. It’s a bit pricey but the quality is good. I don’t like fish, but I always find something to eat because they also do stuff with beef and eggs and vegetarian.

(Added 16/2/07) Just recently discovered Samurai which is great. It's a small place that is almost always booked out, so it pays to book well in advance. More info: http://www.samurai7.ch/

(Added 04/07/07) Excellent and copious sushi near Stauffacher. Beautiful setting - http://www.ishi.ch



Misc


Heuguemper – is pretty good. In die Altstadt. Worth a try. http://www.restaurantheuguemper.ch



Il Golosone – behind jelmoli carpark has very good pizzas. Very fresh ingredients. Always crowded on the weekends so either book or go early. Currently, our favourite pizza place but place is tied with Don Leone (see below).
Il Golosone
Uraniastrasse 20
8001 Zürich


Bindella - Another really good Italian place. Currently they have really good piemontese truffles. http://www.bindella.ch/

Don Leone – Friends have checked out this place and it passed their inspection too. Service can sometimes be slow though. Sort of place you go to take your time. So I wouldn’t recommend going there before a movie eventhough it’s around the corner from Stauffacher’s Metropole cinema. http://donleone.ch/home.html
Owner also owns Franco's Pizza in Oerlikon. I know some italian friends who work nearby and go there for lunch everyday.



Lebanese (Added 2/3/06)

This has always been a good option for a mixed group of vegetarians and meat-eaters. Le Cedre http://www.libanesisch.ch/ is probably the most well known in Zurich. Booking is usually required on weekends unless you're really lucky. We’ve never been disappointed. Mezzeh has always been yummy. Belly Dancers on some days. Unfortunately, this means that all discussions cease while extremely loud music is played while she goes from table to table.

Another option is Arabesque http://http://www.arabesque.li/. The food is also good and the mezzeh is slightly different to Le Cedre's. Also has Belly Dancers on some days. Same deal with the loud music. Would recommend booking on weekends.



Special Places Link (Added 7/2/08)


I just came across this link for the best fifty restaurants in Zurich. I am a bit sceptical if that is the top 50 - but the site is laid out with restaurant photos and link ... so if you're looking for the special place, it might be a good starting point.
For Japanese I recommend Ooki on baeckerstrasse. Really good food, a bit cramped but a very real atmosphere. It's a small place with affordable prices. Nice selection of Asian beers.

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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Wanted to add a Mexican restaurant to the list.

El Luchador located at Konradstrasse 69, 8005 Zürich
http://www.elluchador.ch/

So my wife is half Swiss half Mexican, and she grew up in Mexico. We lived in California together, and she is very particular about her Mexican food. This all said, her claim is that El Luchador is better than any place we've been to in the San Francisco Bay Area. I must agree, with the one trip to Mexico I have made, this place is about as Authentic as you can get. One more bit before going on to the food review, the owner is a childhood friend of my wife, and owns another successful bar in the area as well. He brought in a chef from Mexico to prepare the menu.

So, about the food. What you will find here is a short list of very authentic Mexican flavored food. The dishes are served "tapas" style, so plan on ordering 3 plates or so for 2 people. The dishes cost about 11-15 CHF each. The website has a listing of their plates, and I can only simply recommend the Taco de Res and the Quesadilla de Tinga. Everything is great quality and flavor, but these two dishes are the best. Every week they have a special plate, and so far we have only tried one, the Chile Relleno. It was fantastic. We had 3 plates of this...

So on to other information, if you plan on going during obvious busy hours, call ahead and get a reservation, and it is a small place and fills up quickly. It is also located about a block from the Tram, so it's very accessible.

Enjoy!
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

I second El Luchador. Also has fantastic (fresh) Margaritas. I love the Taco al Pastor.
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Restaurant tips - Zurich (Bars, Restaurants, Brunch)

Hi everyone

A friend of mine (Swiss friend :-)) recommended drincover to me.Unfortunately the page is only available in German....but thanks to a lot ofpictures easy to understand ;-)

It's a collection of the best restaurants (Swiss cuisine, Italian,Vegetarian,…), bars and places to go for brunch in Zurich. So far I haven'tbeen disappointed and according to the website it’s all based onrecommendations and not on restaurants paying to get listed…very nice idea…

Hope you like it, too.

http://zurich.drincover.ch/

Cheers Sarah
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

For Brunch I recommend: ZUM GUTEN GLÜCK

http://www.zumgutenglueck.ch/speisen.php
ZUM GUTEN GLÜCK
Stationsstrasse 7
8003 Zürich
043 540 72 99
contact@zumgutenglueck.ch

They serve sweet and savory pancakes and waffles. You have to get their pancake with chorizo - it's amazing! They also have great coffee.
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Hey guys, could somebody recommend me a restaurant not too close from the center with:

- Traditional swiss food: foundue / Rösti / geschnelzelte Fleisch. I don't remember the name.
- Nice swiss atmosphäre (wood inside, etc)
- Not too expensive: CHF 20-30 max with water/beer!

Thanks in advance.
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Hey guys, could somebody recommend me a restaurant not too close from the center with:

- Traditional swiss food: foundue / Rösti / geschnelzelte Fleisch. I don't remember the name.
- Nice swiss atmosphäre (wood inside, etc)
- Not too expensive: CHF 20-30 max with water/beer!

Thanks in advance.
No suggestions?
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Re: Restaurant tips - general for Zurich

Hello everyone,

Went for lunch to Brasserie Lipp. Very nice food, especially the sea food platter.

http://brasserie-lipp.ch/e/restauran.../seite411.html
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