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Caffè e Ristorante Mandarino Zurich by Bindella

My personal highlight: The serving staff is there to make you feel home – don’t be surprised if Mamma Pina sits next to you for a chat after the meal


Welcome to Puglia in Zurich. Here is the place to enjoy fresh and handmade pasta, pesce, carne & dolci.

Caffè e Ristorante Mandarino is located at the train station Stadelhofen. Bindella created a temporary space for lovers of the Puglia Cuisine. A typical sort of pasta served are orecchiette (means little ears). This pasta comes best with veggies, either broccoli or cime di rapa. Find Meat and Fish made after traditional recipes, too. I had some delicious stuffed calamares with bread, red wine and black olives!

The interior of the restaurant is simple and arranged with much love. The porcelain used to serve the meals has been hand selected in a little village in Puglia from the Bindella Manager Davide and perfectly reflects the tradition of eating pasta with the family. A wonderful antique hand-painted portrait from the 1800 showing a madonna from Puglia gives a special touch to the living room ambience.

Where the mamma chats to you and food is served with passion

Don’t be surprised if the food is served directly from the pot into your plate, or if the Mama sits next to you for a lovely chat. The uncomplicated and very family like ambience here makes this place adorable and very unique.

Enjoy a lunch menu or dinner with best wines from Puglia. Maybe you prefer a piece of hand made cake with a coffee! Convince yourself! Make a reservation here.

Address: mandarino, Kreuzbühlstrasse 1, 8008 Zürich

Opening hours:
Caffè: 
Mo – Fr,  07.00 – 23.00 Uhr,  Sa – So   09.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Ristorante: Mo – So   11.30 – 14.00 Uhr / 18.00 – 23.00 Uhr

www.mandarino-zurigo.ch

 

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Grande Café Zurich

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My personal highlight: Can clattering dishes support creativity? Yes, but only combined with delicious specialty coffee and a lovely smiling staff

Grande Café bar is the spot you find me when I decide to work out of home. I have a perfect functioning WIFI and best specialty coffee from the roast BEANS served with love and a glass of water! Grande is located practically 2 minutes from Central at the Limmat river.

It’s the first address to choose when you are heading to the city centre and don’t want to be disappointed when it comes to coffee or cocktails or good mood atmosphere.

My favorite non alcoholic drink is their homemade Milonade made of lemon juice lovely decorated with mint leafs and fresh fruits!

The interior is simple and stylish, same the music that comes out of the loudspeaker. Other members of the family are: LE RAYMONDBOVELLI and DANTE.

Address: Limmatquai 118, 8001 Zurich, Kreis 1

Opening hours: MON-WED 07:30-00:00 -THU 07:30-01:00 FRI 07:30-02:00, SAT 9:00-02:00, SUN 10:00-19:00

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.grande-zurich.ch

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel St. Moritz

My personal highlight: Admiring the wooden wall shelves with books from 120 years of Badrutt’s Palace-history & the unique Sistine Madonna from the easel of the famous Raphael took my breath away!

Badrutt’s Palace is located in the beautiful upper Engadine. Experience an authentic and calming vibe from the moment you enter the Hotel. Dive into a space where you get surrounded by high quality service and an ambience that relaxes your senses. The kindness of the staff is the first thing I noticed and appreciated every moment of my stay. They read every wish from your lips and make a guest feel comfortable in every situation.

 

The authentic and historical heritage goes back to 1856 when the family Badrutt started this project. Johannes Badrutt bought a small guesthouse in St. Moritz and gave birth to that fairytale that is still alive today. During my stay I had the pleasure to be guided through the house and understand much about the values and thoughts that the family Badrutt put into this pearl. It’s the perfect hideaway for families and couples that appreciate high luxury and aim to discover the upper Engadine Alps in Winter or autumn for skiing, hiking or simply enjoy time off.

The view to the lake of St. Moritz is the cherry on the top. 

The dedicated staff lead by Richard Leuenberger makes Badrutt’s Palace Hotel be part of the „Swiss Deluxe Hotels“. The label stands for premium quality and extraordinary service lead on a heritage of tradition and experience.

Accommodation

Badrutt’s Palace has 157 rooms including 37 suites with a view of the alps. The rooms offer elegance,  class and high comfort. Experience a symbiosis of luxury furnishings, timeless elegance and modern technology.
The popular 280 m² large Hans Badrutt suite completed in 2003 together with the 250 m² large Helen Badrutt suite have a marble bathroom. The Helene Badrutt’s Suite reflects very nice how elegant and classy they have been thought already back in time. It is decorated with unique pieces of art that belong to the family. For the interior sophisticated premium textiles are chosen added with modern technical equipment. The hotel is carefully refurbished in keeping the historical foundations.
Get more information on all activities of the winter and summer destination of St. Moritz here. If you are a food lover it’s an absolute must to visit St. Moritz during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival in January! Read more about my personal experience here.

Gourmet Highlights at Badrutt’s Palace – Kitchen Party & more

I had the great chance to experience their excellent cuisine during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. An absolute highlight offers the kitchen party. Get to feel from very close, how the Chefs prepare any food variation live and make you feel part of the team. You smell, taste and feel real food passion here.

Explore different restaurant that belong to the Hotel: The “Le Restaurant” serves French and international cuisine, the restaurant “La Diala” offers a light Mediterranean cuisine, the Le Coupole – Matsuhisa Japanese-Peruvian cuisine by celebrity chef Nobu in the former first tennis hall in Europe, The Patrizier Stuben offers Swiss specialities in the oldest farmhouse in St. Moritz,  The Pizzeria Heuboden is one of the most popular restaurants in St. Moritz you should absolutely try!  Grill Chadafö is known for its fine grill specialties. The Le Relais is the Noon counterpart to Le Restaurant.

IGNIV by Andreas Caminada

CIGNIV by Andreas Caminada at Badrutt’s Palace is the place where your valuable time gets enriched by enjoyment and culinary temptations.. Get surprised and seduced by the charm of the new IGNIV.
kitchen chef is Marcel Skibba. He was Sous-Chef at the Schauenstein Schlossrestaurant Hotel and will be in charge of IGNIV at Badrutt’s Palace during the winter months.

Chocolate Cult at Badrutt’s Palace with Confiserie Spruengli

If your heart beats faster when you’re surrounded by delicate Swiss Chocolate and creative dessert a must book during your stay at Badrutt’s Palace is the Chocolate Cult event taking place during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. Find pure chocolate art paired with experience and passion from Chef-Patissier Stefan Gerber and his staff. Delicious fresh made pralines, tarts, creams and pastries. Only tasting can explain!

Wellness & Beauty

Explore the wellness area at Badrutt’s Palace with endless time. Find a multifaceted centre to enhance the state of wellbeing. You enjoy a high class service from a lovely staff that feels what you need. Overlooking the snowy landscape while swimming in the heated outdoor pool (Winter 38 °C / Summer 37°C) is absolute relaxation.

Find an Aroma Steam Room 45°C / 100%, a Salt Steam Room with Himalayan salt 40°C / 100% f

My personal highlights

The kitchen party at Badrutt’s Palace is legendary. The explosion of different flavors and sounds around the stoves is a memorable moment I take home.

Get fascinated by the history at Badrutt’s. The warm infrastructure including lot of wood and sooting colors reminds me a bit to a sacrosanct place. It’s a place I recommend to escape to feel complete tranquility with high class service.

 

www.badruttspalace.com

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Yu-An Japanese Restaurant, Zurich

My personal highlight: Sitting 3 hours at the counter at Yu-An Zurich observing the owner Ken creating finger licking inside out rolls

Being a food blogger doesn’t mean you have to try every place in town. In my case I try to focus on selected quality food only and on the authenticity of a place. A further criteria for me is the experience which includes the kindness of the staff and a comfortable surrounding. My good nose brought me to Stauffacher this month at the Japanese Restaurant Yu-An located at Werdstrasse 66, Zurich.

Feel the Izakaya Style at Yu-An

In the 1600ies Japanese sake shops started to serve customers skewers and other light bites. This was the beginning of izakayas – literally meaning “sitting in a sake shop”. Nowadays you find these places all over Japan as after-work watering holes that offer an inexpensive and kind of informal dining. This is a philosophy that I guess you truly feel at Yu-An and Kokoro in Zurich.

I knew about the very successfully, Gault-Milliau awarded Japanese Restaurant Kokoro, located in a side street of Langstrasse (since 2015) managed by the same owner Ken Groh and his partner Mioh Suguro. Why not discovering the second project Yu-An run through my mind.

The traditional Izakaya Food Philosophy is a main component of both restaurants. That is what I understand and feel there. You share different warm and cold dishes from seafood to beef and sushi rolls or sashimi.

What to point out at Yu-An ?

The ambience

Dining here throws you back to Japan not only because of the traditional food but also because of the originality of the interior. Some of the picture that hang at the wall contain original rarities of Japanese magazines that belonged to Ken’s grandfather. Sitting at the counter observing the inside out rolls being prepared is something you have to experience. Hearing a Japanese conversation and the pleasant sound of the language makes my ears happy. ( I do no understand a word though).

The food

You have a great selection of warm and cold dishes, all prepared fresh with premium quality products by Chef Tatsunori and the staff. I suggest to try a degustation menu and share plates. You find weekly specials for meat lovers and vegetarians.

My absolute favorites: Their inside out rolls! Choose the Tiger roll that comes with a tempura fried tender shrimp, cucumber inside and outside a spicy tuna avocado. The Salmon Aburi roll has some salmon, ginger, cucumber and shiso, outside a salmon flambé and home made sauce. If you like beef, absolutely choose the Entrecôte Teriyaki roll or the Beef roll flambé! Food porn included.

Guess what makes Yu-An special in town is the really superb choice of rolls!

What else to try beside inside out rolls? Pork and Soft Shell Crab Karage, please!

Go for some seafood! The Soft Shell Karage is a crab marinated and fried. Its taste is very light and spicy.
Add a meat plate: The Buta Kakuni is a slow-coked piece of pork breast with a creamy fat layer melting as butter on the palate. It is spiced up just perfect with a Japanese mustard.

For lunch: Try their Poké bowls, the menu comes with a soup or salad. The one with the onsen egg is a must try! Otherwise get a gourmet lunch menu for CHF 46.5o. It comes with a miso soup, a small salad, sushi & sashimi, beef, salmon or shrimps in a hot pan and Japanese rice.

Opening hours: Tue – Fri  11:30 – 14:30, Tue – Sa  18:30 – 22:30

Address: Werdstrasse 66, 8004 Zürich, Kreis 4

 

www.yu-an.ch

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THE VIN-TAGE Wine Café & Restaurant

My personal highlight: choosing a wine is as simple, if you get the right guidance and personal advises, paired with delicious food it is a highlight of my day

You do not need to be the most experienced sommelier to find a wine you like. Sometimes it is just relaxing to go with the taste of your senses and soul. THE VIN-TAGE is located close to Limmatplatz and the perfect place to discover a selection of small batch international wines & soul food with a Fusion Asian Style. Maybe a perfect stop before heading for party at Langstrasse, too!

How to experience wine at THE VIN-TAGE Wine Café

The ambience is relaxed, you feel the good vibes around you. Take your time to taste you through their wines. Ask the experienced staff or just start by yourself choosing a wine with simple facts:

  • is my taste sweet or medium sweet?
  • or maybe more dry?
  • Or even half dry?

There is a very useful and simple wine menu guiding you through their offer indicating grape, country and the year.

Gabriel the owner shares his motivation for bringing to life this Wine Café. It’s simple he says, you have a homy ambience, a selection of wines coming from small producer batches. This means, you choose out of rarities. Maybe the bottle you drink today is not here tomorrow! Since there are more than 50 wines to choose out, this makes it even more interesting to try various bottles.

If you like to buy a bottle for home you can taste one glass at the Wine Café. The glass is included in the price of the bottle. Very attractive offer I found. In the mood to order some wine now? Get to know there online shop here.

Why a Wine Café?

It’s not a bar where you enter to test your wine knowledge and get only brands from large wine producers. THE VIN-TAGE is a place to step in to enjoy a glass or two with time and delicious food. Chef Michael Adams creates delicacies that pair excellent with your glass. The food covers an Asian Fusion Style. Find also simple bites as cheese or Spanish ham.

My personal recommendation

Choose a flying dinner with your wine. Share different plates with friends. There is the option to choose 5 or 8 plates. Michael decides in the morning while he strolls through the market, what will be on the plate later. There is always a selection of beef, seafood and fresh vegetables.
What I liked very much was the super fresh Ceviche. The sauce very aromatic with fresh thin sliced radish and kumquat. The beef came very tender and delicately placed on a tasty sweet onion cream. The scallop was cooked at perfect point and placed on a bed of fresh salad and aromatic herbs. There is always a choice for veggies, too, just ask the Chef. The cuisine is delicate and light. The plates are prepared with love and dedication. Convince yourself!

 

Address: The VIN-TAGE, Ackerstrasse 56, 8005, Zurich (close to Limmatplatz), Kreis 4

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – 11 pm, Sunday 3 pm – 7 pm

 

www.thevin-tage.ch

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Casa Teresa – Bocadillo Iberico at Seefeld

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My personal highlight: Zurich finally has a traditional Spanish place to enjoy premium Iberico Bocadillo

If you love Spain and traditional quality food this is the address to stop by at Seefeld. The owner Mabel, inspired by her grandmother’s habit preparing her a “bocadillo” as a child – a small bite, mostly made with bread – brings Casa Teresa to life. The shop is decorated with lots of little details bringing closer the Iberico history.

Get a premium quality Iberico ham in a crispy baguette. Mabel developed the baguette with John Baker. Try the baguette with some squeezed tomato and fresh extra virgin olive oil on top. The simplicity of this lunch or snack is excellent. Vegetarians get home made salads or a traditional Tortilla.
Explore the choice of different artisan Spanish delicacies as vines, Spanish Gin, olive oil or super delicious truffle potato chips. Casa Teresa is the little sister of her established Tapas & Friends in Wiedikon. Find more on my blog here.

Facts you should know about Spanish hams

There are different types of Spanish hams available depending on the characteristics of the pig they come from. Pig breeds are one of the factors that classify a ham. Cured Spanish hams are classified into two categories: Jamón Serrano (mountain ham) and Jamón Ibérico (Iberian ham).

Jamón Serrano is a ham produced from white breed pigs whose meat is lean and has fat on the outside. The meat of a Jamón Serrano has a light red color, is slightly salty and characterized by a gentle fragrance. This type of ham is produced from typical white breeds. Its flavour is mild. It takes one to two years to cure this type of ham.

Jamón Ibérico is a ham coming from the pigs of the Ibérico breed. This meat is deep red, with beautiful marbling of golden fat. It is bathed in flavor as it cures over years.
A prestigious Jamón Ibérico is the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. It comes from acorn fed pigs that wander freely on the rangelands of southwestern Spain. This Jamon is very flavorful, with strong, complex aromas, slightly salty but almost sweet with flavors of cooked sugar, nuts and herbs.
Discover the Iberico hams at Casa Teresa and let Mabel introduce you to this fabulous speciality.

Address: Casa Teresa, Dufourstrasse 57, 8008 Zürich

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday/Sunday closed

In the mood of more restaurants to discover? Get inspiration on my guide here.

www.casateresa.ch

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Desta’s Coffee and craft beer the Alehouse Palmhof Zurich

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My personal highlight: Enjoying premium coffee from Ethiopia and a tasty coffee flavored craft beer

What makes a coffee place special? Do you like interaction with the barista? Are you looking for tranquility to work or exchange a word with other guests? Maybe even a tasty craft beer after work?

I found all of these at Alehouse Palmhof close to the university in Kreis 6.

About Desta’s coffee

Desta’s Coffee is a premium coffee roasted of single origin arabica beans. The flavor of my flat white was nutty and mild. These coffee beans are cultivated around 1’900 meters above sea level among a totally natural environment in the rainforest of southwestern Ethiopia. Desta Daniel Kebede is half Swiss and half Ethiopian and has a strong relation to his origin. That is how the passion for coffee brought Desta’s coffee to life. The company cooperates with local partners and offers them conditions that they can develop themselves. How do they do that? 20 percent of the gains which is generated flows back directly to the worker. Transparency and respect are important values that are lived here.

Desta’s coffee is available at The Alehouse and distributed nationally to other coffee spots. You can also order their quality coffee online.

20 taps and 1 hand pump of craft beer

If you are into craft beer after your coffee break stop by for a glass. The Alehouse is practically located close to the university. Find local Swiss beers and international ones. Sit at the bar and let the big screen on the wall suggest you the actual beer offer. I tried an excellent coffee craft beer Espresso Stout from the Japanese brewer Hitachino and a sour beer called La Vertu Autumn Sour. The staff is well skilled to tell you a story about every single beer. Are you curious? Find the actual selection of craft beers here.

All about my food experience will follow soon in a separate story! Their brunch is waiting for me.

Address: Universitätstrasse 23, 8006 Zürich, Kreis 6

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 am to 12 pm,  Saturday 11.30 am – 12 pm, Sunday 11.30 am – 5 pm

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.alehouse.ch

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Piadina Bar Zurich

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My personal highlight: It’s as simple, a traditional easy Italian Streetfood from Emilia Romagna for vegetarian and meat lover

There are some days I don’t really feel a big hunger but I know I want something tasty, half warm, fresh and somehow healthy. The Piadina Bar located in the old part of Zurich in the Niederdorf is my choice. Here I come to have my Piadina. The atmosphere is cozy, you can stay for the snack or take it to go, the food is fresh prepared and of good quality. Who has ever visited Riccione or Rimini knows, that in that part of Italy Piadina is a much appreciated street food.

What is piadina?

A Piadina is a type of traditional flatbread found in Italy/Emilia Romagna. It is stuffed with every conceivable fillings. The Piadina bread contains lard, that it what makes the dough soft and tasty! Piadina bread is easy to make at home, too. Find a recipe here!

Get your Piadina with Bresaola, Prosciutto di Parma, Salame nostrano, Parmigiano, add some Rucola, grilled veggies as eggplants, peperoni, zucchetti or even olive or artichoke cream. Comes best also with cream cheese stracchino, pecorino or gorgonzola/mascarpone. You see, there are a lot of combinations possible. Try it, let me know if you enjoyed! You can find èiadina Bar also in Basel by the way!

Address: Piadina Bar, Niederdorfstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich, Kreis 2

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – 11 pm, Sunday 3 pm – 7 pm

www.piadina-bar.ch

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169 West – Specialty Coffee, Bar, Brunch & Natural Wines

My personal highlight: Brunch tapas you can share, hot cheese croissant, okonomiyaki waffle or a Malaysian kaya toast bread? Specialty coffee and cozy atmosphere included

The month of December was the new coffee spot discovery in Zurich for me, yes, there are a lot of coffee places in Zurich, this is one is special, because you get Asian specialities for brunch. 169West opened its doors in Zurich at Weststrasse 169, obvious and easy, the coffee shop’s name says it all. The interior is cozy, you feel like in a living room. The ambience invites to sit on a sofa, read a book and lean back.

Specialty coffee, Hot Cheese croissant, Japanese okonomiyaki waffle and Kaya Toast

Let’s start with coffee! Coffee fans get a delicious flat white or filter coffee, whatever you like best. The roast you find at 169West is from the brand The Barn from Berlin. 

What pairs best with coffee? Guess a croissant or pan au chocolat made from the baker seri Backhandwerk. I tried the hot cheese croissant which was an absolute dream.

For brunch and the okonomiyaki waffle is a must. This Japanese dish is a sort of a pancake with cabbage, carrots, eggs and a delicious homemade tasty sauce. The mayo gives the extra flavour on top. All is home made using only local ingredients. The sauce for example contains some plums from the area. This dish is seasonal, hurry up trying it as long it is on the menu! Further to recommend: the Kaya Toast, a breakfast speciality from Singapore and Malaysia. It’s a cream made of coconut milk and eggs in a toast and comes with an onsen egg. This egg is slow cooked for 1 hour at 64 degrees. The exact way to eat it? Dip the toast in the egg! The Kaya toast throw me back to Tioman Island!
Should you desire some travel insights from my Malaysia travel, get that here!

& natural wines

A passion of one of the owner are natural wines. These are wines that are free of pesticides and herbicides and often without any addition of additives. The selection is great, ask them to get introduced to this new wine world.

Address: Weststrasse 169, 8003 Zürich – Kreis 3, 5 minutes walk from Lochergut

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 8 am to 10 pm,  Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm

no reservation for brunch!

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.169west.ch

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Coffee Shak Zurich

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My personal highlight: Specialty coffee for every type, nice music and ambience to stay for a zip

How do you choose the perfect coffee shop? What influences your choice? Is it the type of spot that is modest but serious about excellent quality coffee. Do you look for a place that’s good for meetings, meetups, work dates, first dates, breakfast or lunch? Do you prefer sitting alone and appreciating a properly made Flat White? How about observing a traditional coffee person entering into a Flat White world?

Once entered at Coffee Shak George the owner will ask you, how you love your coffee roast: intense fruity or just less intense and mild? I prefer the light nutty chocolate roast. At Coffee Shak you get the roasts from the brand The Barn from Berlin. They use the unique La Marzocco coffee machine (my top favorite one!). They serve also filter coffee, so just be curious enough to try what you like.

I had a delicious homemade cheesecake with my flat white. Get the Zurich famous croissant from the bread baker seri if you like a simple breakfast or even some hand made Greek sweets.

The shop is tranquil and invites to stay for a while. You can stop by for an afterwork beer or a wine, too. Give it a try.

Address: Müllerstrasse 31, 8004 Zürich – Kreis 4 – 2 minutes walk from Stauffacher

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 21:00, Saturday : 9:30 – 22.00

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.coffeeshack.ch

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