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#1 Howard V

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:34 PM

Hi everyone, I recently moved to Zürich, so I'll be posting occasionally on restaurants here.

Here's my first go:

This Saturday though, I had a really nice meal at Divine Bar. It's an unpretentious little Modern European restaurant, mid-range rather than casual.

My starter of king prawns on a potato blini with a vodka-lime-cream sauce, does sound a bit old hat and entirely unconnected with Swiss terroir. On the other hand, it just tasted good. The prawns were delicately cooked, the blini added a little bit of background and the sauce was more-ish. My main course was a fillet of pata negra pork with morcilla, apple and kohlrabi. It was thick fillet the centre of which remained pink. Hallelujah . . . a restaurant here that cooks pork properly. The morcilla was nicely spicey and satisfying, the only let down were the apple batons which were a bit weak. Dessert was a treat, as it should be. I had Fotzelschnitte (which is pretty much designed to sound very rude in Swiss German) but was actually just brioche french toast. This came with an almond panna cotta and a mandarin sorbet, both of these were lovely. The panna cotta was smooth and flavourful, the sorbet just shouted mandarin at you more than a Maoist commissar, sweet, pithy and bitter.

The wine list is really good for mid-range wines . . . many many bottles hovering around the CHF60 mark. My companions were drinking beer, so I settled for wines by the glass: A Lustau fino, a Gruner Veltliner, an Alto Adige and lastly a sweet Jurancon. By the way, their online list is not up to date.

Service was very good, attentive and charming enough. My bill for the evening, around CHF100. It's a good neighbourhood restaurant and hey, this town's small enough that everyone's your neighbour. I shall definitely be back.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:40 PM

Hello and welcome. Look forward to your other posts.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:41 PM

Herzlich Wilkommen, Howard der Fuenfte! wink.gif
Good to have more people in the central euro neighborhood.
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#4 Howard V

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE(Behemoth @ Mar 30 2009, 11:41 PM) View Post
Herzlich Wilkommen, Howard der Fuenfte! wink.gif
Good to have more people in the central euro neighborhood.


It's a vee not a foif.

Thanks!


#5 ghostrider

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 12:05 AM

Cheers! We love Zurich. Been there several times though not, alas, since the late 1990s.

Wish I coiuld remember the name of a place that was off the Munstergasse, owned by a restaurateur who seemed fond of self-promotion, had his name & face on the matchbooks & such. We ate there one year & the food was very good, basically French Swiss with a bit of a nouvelle touch. We went back the next trip & the place had gone Caribbean! It was a hoot, with waiters in Hawaiian shirts, palm-tree decor all over the place, margaritas & a lot of hot Latin food. I wonder what it's become now.

Look forward to reading more!
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:06 AM

Welcome and keep posting!

A trip to Zurich may be in the future for me!

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:44 PM

I am SO glad to see you hear.

Can't wait to hear more about Zurich.
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#8 beachfan

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:21 PM

See him

Hear him

Touch him?

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:59 PM

No, I just love watching people hear things.

It's a sort of personal idiosyncracy, I guess.
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#10 Howard V

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 10:25 PM

QUOTE(beachfan @ Apr 1 2009, 12:21 AM) View Post
See him

Hear him

Touch him?


I'm truly terrible at pinball and do have reasonable vision, albeit with contacts.


#11 foodie52

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 10:30 PM

Are you bored yet?
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#12 g.johnson

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:03 PM

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Are you bored yet?

If certain G20 leaders have their way Swiss banking might become way more interesting shortly.
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#13 foodie52

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:04 PM

Uh oh. I'd better move my francs to Bermuda.
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#14 Howard V

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:38 PM

QUOTE(foodie52 @ Apr 2 2009, 12:30 AM) View Post
Are you bored yet?


Zürich's holding its interest . . . seek and ye shall find. You do have to seek though.

Must get back to Austin some time, I've had much fun there in the past.


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:09 PM

any recent recommendations? looks like i'll be celebrating a b-day in Zurich...
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