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The Yard Zurich – Eat my balls

My personal highlight: Sharing home made traditional meat and fish balls at Langstrasse in a stylish, fresh ambience

The choice of foodplaces in Zurich fulfills all of our wishes. New, fresh and urban food concepts are what we love to explore. In my food guide I classify this new place called The Yard as a Mediterranean restaurant, because I found all you desire as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swiss and even oriental specialities.

The location is in Kreis 4 at Bäckerstrasse 62 close to Helvetiaplatz.

Their signature dishes are the Balls. Choose from meat or bacalhau balls. The side dishes are variegated and pair well with it. I liked the sweet potato fries a lot, they came perfectly spiced. Find the complete menu here!

Try their Cocktails, too! The menu has a huge selection with fortified Wines & Sours, Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and much more.

Soon their Boutique hotel will open, too, where 5 comfortable and stylish rooms will be available at reasonable Prices (160-240 CHF). Find the hotel on my accommodation guide as of September!

Get inspired by more food places in Zurich on my food guide here.

www.theyard.ch

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Sushi Shop Zürich

My personal highlight: Food blogging in Zurich at Sushi Shop Zurich – watching Chef Pierre Boudy live preparing a ceviche sushi wrapped in a super thin pineapple skin

While food blogging in Zurich I found out that behind Sushi Shop stands a team of passionate food lovers. The passion for traditional Japanese cuisine combined with a fresh and creative French attitude make this sushi place unique in Zurich and around the world. The Chefs at Sushi Shop Zurich get regular coaching to fulfill highest sushi preparation skills. Sushi Shop is a company with shops in over 13 countries. Find Shushi Shop at Uraniastrasse 4o.

Use Promotion COME40 until end of August for your first online order  to profit from a 10 CHF discount. Order here

The variety of sushi is real food porn for eyes and stomach. Get seasonal sushi combination that are fresh, spicy and tasty. The actual limited edition is the fresh Pineapple Samba California roll. They are an explosion of delicate flavors. They come with a tender sea bream, pineapple, pomegranate and are spiced up with soja salée sauce and olive oil.

Find various lunch boxes as of Chf 24.90 containing:

  • 3 california salmon avocado rolls
  • 3 maki cucumber rolls
  • 3 maki salmon rolls
  • 3 spring rolls salmon avocado
  • edamame
  • salad

The must try is the summer box containing 36 exquisite pieces as California rolls, nigiri, maki, veggie and fruit salad. Order the summer box here. This box is perfect to take away for a picnic at the lake.

Good to know

  • Use their practical sushi order app
  • Find out about your delivery time online (max 45 Min)
  • Delivery by e-bike

Their sushi offer is outstanding, only fresh fish and ingredients are used. Try any kind of sushi, nigiri, maki, poke bowls or tartar for take away or home/office delivery.

Did you check the Lovefoodish Mediterranean Food guide? Get inspired with some Italian, Spanish or Lebanese Food here!

www.mysushishop.ch/Zurich

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Rio Bar Zurich

rio coffee

My personal highlight: Practically located, great fresh local made lunch and good coffee from roastery Henauer

Rio Bar has a great terrace and is located between the Sihl river at Gessnerallee 17, Zürich. I love to take a coffee here and observe people strolling by. It’s a strategically good located place close to main station and city centre.

At lunch they serve home made local menus that vary daily. I love their meat balls! There is a selection of veggie quiches and appetizers as home made hummus you can choose of, too. Give it a try.

The coffee they serve is from henauer coffee.

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

www.riozurich.ch

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ApoTheke Lunch & Coffee

apotheke

My personal highlight: 5 minutes walk from my home and I am at a cozy place where I dive into my writing and loose everything around me. It’s the music and the calm vibes that give me the creative boost here.

At ApoTheke Coffee shop, located at Zürichbergstrasse 17,  Zürich, you get quality coffee from the local brand called Mirò, some of you may know them from their coffee truck based at ETH Polyterasse. Their blends originate from fair trade farmers in Honduras, El Salvador or Brasil that produce organic coffee only. I like the chocolate tasty roast.

Find home made cakes or  a selection of brunch dishes served at Saturdays. The place is close to the university so sometime it’s quite busy for lunch. Get easy snacks as sandwiches, home made soups or salads.

Why I dive into my writing here

The ambience is cozy and stylish, bit vintage. . The place is frequented for apéro time, too.
They have a good wine selection that pairs well with their burgers on the menu. Their playlist is inspiring. That is why I love to stay for a while and dive into my writing.

The place is owned by four friends: Nadine Ledermann, Silvana Spillmann, Simon Dejung und Till Spillmann. The name ApoTheke derives from the fact that a pharmacy (German word for Apotheke) was situated in the house at Zürichbergstrasse years ago before they restructured the location.

 

 

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www.apotheke-zh.ch

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Accomodation

Hotel Castello del Sole Ascona

My personal highlight: Getting to know the Val del Maggia in Ticino where among other delicacies risotto rice LOTO is cultivated. Be woken up by birds twittering facing rice paddies and feeling in a natural paradise not fare from home.

Hotel Castello del Sole is a place where you get rendezvous with happiness! It is located in the beautiful Ticino close to the village of Ascona at the Lago Maggiore. It’s part of the recently launched brand „The Living Circle„. Find more on the values and philosophy of the Living Circle in my recently published article here. Want to get inspired about other accommodation spots in Switzerland? Find more on my blog here.

Castello del Sole is a piece of history built back to the year 1532 from Francesco Orelli. It served as a hiding place for the followers of the new Protestant teachings. Around 1900 it was run as a simple Osteria offering rooms for guests. Today it has been transformed into an exclusive 5 star hotel property within an immense beautiful park reaching 100 hectares, the biggest hotel park in Switzerland.

The ideal home for couples or families looking for peace, genuine local mediterranean food or special wellness treatments as for example the VinoAqua-Therapie® containing grapes from their own land Terreni alla Maggia.

The high class service and a dedicated staff lead by Simon V. Jenny and his wife Gabriela Jenny make Hotel Castello be part of „Relais & Châteaux“ and the „Swiss Deluxe Hotels“ awards.

Accommodation

Hotel del Castello offers 40 Junior Suites and 38 double/single rooms. The rooms offer elegance, class and high standard comfort, a complete stay away from home. The rooms are spacious and embedded in the tranquil park and rice fields. Families and couples find a home for weekend trips or longer residence due to the perfect equipped surrounding and facilities.

Gourmet food and Merlot grapes

Chef Mattias Roock is the Chef of the kitchen at Castello del Sole. He focusses on the use of fresh and local products and maintains a strong and close relationship to local farmers. The actual menu of the gourmet restaurant „Locanda Barbarossa“ is called „i sapori del nostro orto“. Which means, flavors of our gardens.

The ingredients and products used are cultivated exclusively from Ticino and the Terreni alla Maggia. This includes the Loto risotto rice for example or the exclusive rare black polenta and herbs from their hotel permaculture garden.

Additional hotel restaurants as the „Cortile Leone“, the „Tre Stagioni“ or the „Parco Saleggi“ follow this mediterranean farm to table  philosophy of Chef Roock. During summer a barbecue outside or a Streetfood van at the beach restaurant are absolutely recommended, too.

The Terreni alla Maggia offer an ideal soil for wine and other distillates. Ticino is the home of Merlot wine. The Merlot is paired perfectly with a nice beef ragu and polenta! Get a tour through the Terreni alla Maggia and explore all of their delicacies in the wine shop!

Yoga, retreats, kids entertaining program

Get a Yoga and nutrition coach, enjoy their outdoor/indoor pool or subscribe your kids to an entertainment program. The Piccolo Circo Castello del Sole featuring Aline Del Torre who trained at the famous Scuola Dimitri is the highlight for your kids learning juggling or acrobatics. Water lover must do a boat ride with the hotel owned Frauscher boat.
Experience an unforgettable helicopter ride to the close by Ristorante Rustico del Sole up on 1000 m. A breathtaking moment overlooking Lago Maggiore and the alps. The ideal surrounding to enjoy best homemade dishes from the Hotel Castello staff.

My personal highlights

The hotel is surrounded by an incredible green park and garden. All flowers found in my room are some of the most beautiful ever seen. An in-house garden center makes this possible. It’s the love they put in the decoration of the whole house making it a shiny jewel.

Waking up in the morning by singing birds, spending a moment on the terrace admiring rice fields cultivated in Switzerland, is something I never thought to experience in my life. The ample untouched fields are pure peace and joy for heart and soul.

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Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat Bali Sukawati

My personal highlight: Entering the gate to the home of Floating Leaf. Breathing in tranquil energy while observing Putu the owner working passionately in the garden. Understanding in that moment, that here values as care and love towards everybody and everything are fully lived.

Floating leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat is located in the village of Sukawati surrounded by verdant rice paddies not far from the ocean. Here mind and soul are invited to relax. Ancient Balinese wisdom is combined with modern luxury to make guests feel happy and well balanced.


Only a 20 minutes drive from Ubud and 15 minutes from the city of Sanur it offers a great location. (Sanur is often used for transfers by boat to other beautiful islands as Gili Trawangan or Lembongan).

Embracing positive energy and tranquillity and making it eco friendly for all.

It’s the organic garden-to-table farming, the design construction following sustainable concept with very harmonic round shapes, recyclable materials, the use of the sun power or the involvement and support of local people in various chains of sustainable agriculture and education on understanding the aim of a eco friendly environment.

Behind Floating Leaf stands a passionate and experienced team of professionals. Mikaku and Putu are the owners and inspiring sources of the house.

Learn how to discover the beauty of living the moment and challenging the own mind at the same time. At its heart, Floating Leaf is a retreat including an educational facility.

5 things to do at Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat

  1. Forget home and feel the calmness by only observing the surrounding from one of their relaxing spots. Use the hammock, the vintage veranda with a comfortable wooden gazebo. The healing pool filled partially with saltwater which feels softer and is less abrasive to the skin and hair.
  2. It’s the ideal place to practice guided meditation or yoga. Book either a retreat or bring your own yogis to Floating Leaf. Get in contact with the management here.
  3. Try their super delicious organic food that is all home made. The raw food selection is variegated.
    Elixir Drinks  provide the right boost to your organism. The recipes follow ancient Balinese traditions. My absolute favorite one is the liver cleanser made of carrots, beetroot, apple and ginger.
  4. Absolutely worth having a hot stone massage. Book your stay at Floating Leaf now and get a Balinese massage for free by using the promotion code Lovefoodish.
  5. Explore every angle at Floating Leaf and go to the organic garden. Get to see colorful plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Absolutely recommend the roof. You get the whole picture of the place with view to mount Agung or the ocean. Best sunset point.

Accommodation

Find 10 spacious luxury non-smoking rooms constructed offering a sustainable modern living.

The rooms are spacious and invite to spend time. Choose the room with pool view to get the full experience of the magnificent view over the rice paddies. Enjoy the open bathroom to have a shower before sunset time. Book your room here.

Food & Drinks

Floating Leaf subsidizes local farmers to support retaining traditional methods of agriculture and grow organic nutrient rich foods. Half of the property is dedicated to the permaculture garden, this to cover a selection of healthy food and drink. Experience the farm to table philosophy. The dining area is lovely. Sit at the long table and interact with other guests to share stories of life.

Floating Leaf has been heralded to be one of the world’s healthiest destinations using freshest, organic ingredients.

The must try from the menu

  • Cold home made Kombucha tea, it is essentially a fermented tea super refreshing and healthy for your organism and digestion system.
  • Pumpkin pancakes with a homemade coconut yoghurt for breakfast to boost your day with the right portion of energy.
  • A super fresh cucumber salad with almond or cashew sprinkle and fresh grated coconut.
  • Quinoa or brown rice Sushi. The brown rice is from a local supplier and tastes just wonderful.
  • Thai fish curry mild and tasty with fish catch from the local fisher.
  • Dessert: Indonesian black rice with coconut milk and banana. All local products.

Yoga, retreats, surf and culture or just relax

No matter what your heart is in the mood for. Some days of detox including yoga lessons, a mix of beach and Balinese culture tour or easy relaxing time at the pool. Choose what fits best to you. Putu and Mikaku are happy to give you suggestions. They have the perfect understanding in catching your need.

Planning your own retreat or considering  joining one? The Yoga Sanctuary with 2000 square foot (186 sq meters) space is perfect. It has been heralded as “Asia’s best place to practice Yoga*.

My personal highlights

Being part of this house for a few days made me understand what a eco friendly surrounding Putu and Mikaku built here in Bali. As a traveler you get to see a lot of beaches and forests in Indonesia, clean ones but sadly lot of dirty ones. Through my stay here I feel the desire to support their actual project called The Green Village project. It supports locals in giving more awareness to protect their environment and keep it clean. Villages throughout Bali are competing to become the cleanest and greenest community on the island. I think it’s really important to share and support each other. Read all details on the program here. Donate easily here.

I am happy to have taken part of this experience at Floating Leaf and thankful to all of the new nice souls met here. Terimakasi /Thank you Floating Leaf Family.

Are you in the mood of more lovefoodish travel stories? Maybe you plan to visit Malaysia? Get a glimpse of it here!

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Trattoria e bottega 4 Leoni Firenze

My personal highlights: 1. Watching Chef Andrea making Cantucci biscuits from scratch and loving the way he speaks this beautiful Fiorentino dialect 2. inhaling the perfume of fabulous aged Chianina Beef while opening the dry ager !

Welcome to 4 Leoni Firenze, the hometown of meat. Christopher manages this place together with his wife Sybille and the staff since more than 1 year now. The restaurant is located close to Limmatplatz at Luisenstrasse 43, Zürich.

Tuscany’s world famous Chianina Beef

Meat lovers know, that the beef meat prepared here is one of the largest and oldest breed of cattle in the world. Chianina cattle have been raised in the Italian regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio for at least 2200 years. The Chianina was formerly principally a draught breed, now raised mainly for beef. It originates in the area of the Valdichiana, from which it takes its name. The most noticeable characteristic of the breed is the extensive and well-defined muscling. The shoulders, back and rear quarters are especially well formed.

3 things on your bucket list as a foodie visiting Florence:

  • Bistecca Fiorentina
  • Cantucci biscuits with vinsanto
  • and of course all of their wonderful wine selections.

A piece of Tuscany in the heart of Zurich

The ambience at 4 Leoni throws you back to tuscany. The room is carefully decorated, you feel in a local trattoria up in a Chianti hill wine yard. An interior designer takes care of the theme decoration that changes seasonal.

Watch how Chef Andrea cuts the meat at the counter. Once you smell the dry meat you can’t wait to have it on your plate. The ambience is vibrant and full of Italian life.

The meat is grilled over lava stones. It is the signature dish of the restaurant. A Chianina can weight more than 1 kilo incl. the bones. Perfect to share with friends. All meat and ingredients used are imported from quality Tuscan suppliers that have been working or the family since years. You won’t find any better quality Chianina in town.

The menu

Find dishes for lunch as the hand made Pappardelle pasta with Cinghiale (wild pig) ragù. Or get a tartar di Chianina just fresh and pure as it isCoffee and water included.

For the evening choose the cassettina for a starter. Here yo get typical local Tuscan homemade salumi, crostini with a poultry terrine and cheese. The dip for the cheese is fabulous. A jam cooked with red wine and sugar.
For the main dish absolutely must try is either the Bistecca Fiorentina nostrana or the classical Chianina cut Porterhouse. This comes with oven potatoes or seasonal veggies.
The dessert is presented at the bar. Try the Sfogliatelle alla crema or a home made chocolate tarte. Close your dinner with a glass of vinsanto and the home made cantucci.
There is a nice Chianti 4 Leoni that I recommend paired with the menu.

The coffee is served with the typical Italian Mocca, black and strong.

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish food guide.

www.4leoni-firenze.ch

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Accomodation

25Hours Hotel Zürich Langstrasse

My personal highlight: Living the urban nomad style in between of Langstrasse and Europaallee in Zurich by getting involved into NENI’s food philosophy and the Balagan lifestyle. Christoph Hoffmann’s & Haya Molcho’s life attitude is viral!

People who do not know this area of Zurich will love it right away. Langstrasse Kreis 4 meets Europaallee Kreis 5. The diversity is astonishing. Walking through Langstrasse you understand what I mean. It’s the most multi cultural area of Zurich including a red light district and plenty of amazing young art.
Across the other side to Europaallee you feel the new trend towards modern office spaces, local designer stores and fancy popup stores.

The best premise to open up a pocket universe

Who better than the creative heads at 25Hours Hotels could perfectly put into scene the vibrant changes of these two Zurich areas and merge them into a hotel concept? That is how 25 Hours Hotels Zürich Langstrasse was born.

Christoph Hoffmann, CEO of 25Hours Hotels and his team cooperated with local architects E2A and the interior Design Studio Aisslinger from Berlin. A fancy, stylish but very practical and surprising surrounding is the result.

Since art is an important topic in this Zurich area you get to see big pieces of art spread all over the house.
An in-house atelier lead by the Zurich artist Esther Eppstein has its base in the hotel. Esther invites and promotes young artists and coaches them on a defined project.
Find a Kiosk curated by local Media publisher KEIN & ABER VERLAG. Get selected books or fancy accessories.

This is 25 Hours Hotel Zürich Langstrasse

  • 170 rooms in the categories M, L and XL as of 270 CHF
  • meeting space for up to 80 people on various floors
  • NENI Restaurant with eclectic east Mediterranean meze inspired by Chef Haya Molcho. The menu includes meat dishes from the charcoal Josper-Grill
  • Cinchona bar with fancy Highball drinks by Jörg Meyer
  • Artists studio „Message Salon Embassy“ lead by Esther Eppstein – artist in residence
  • Zurich Publisher Petter Haag from Kein & Aber Verlag with an inhouse Kiosk & Books
  • trainspotting-sauna incl. gym
  • club floor to relax with analog game room as a polaroid flipper box, sound lounge
  • ue boom bluetooth speakers and FREITAG Bag in all rooms
  • iMac work stations
  • free of charge mini car and bike rental
  • a hearty and service oriented staff that makes you feel home away from home

Accommodation

Find 170 modern and stylish, urban designed rooms in the sizes M, L, XL and 2 suites. The rooms follow different themes on different floors. Live the topic „Red Light“, “Belle Etage“ and “Penthouse” brought into scene with extravagant, appealing wallpapers designed by local artists. Natural materials are combined with warm colors and stylish, functional furniture. The hotel cooperates with the famous Swiss furniture brand De Sede, too.
I love the bath tube overlooking Zurich’s Primetower or the glassy open shower where you live the modern open space. Find all details for booking a room here.

Food & Drinks

The cherry on the top is the NENI Restaurant following the life philosophy of Haya Molcho and her 4 sons. An eclectic east Mediterranean cuisine is created inspired by a Street food style from Telaviv and the world. Get a variety of light and flavorful lunch and dinner menus.
Try the Balagan style, which means that you order several plates and share them together!
The open bar at the kitchen invites to catch an insight how Chef Peter Schüler and team prepare the food for you. Or just talk to the guest next to you.
A uniqueness of 25 Hours Hotels food concept Langstrasse is the Josper Grill. Get local quality dry aged meat grilled on a 100% charcoal grill.

The house bar Cinchona is where world experienced Barkeeper Jörg Meyer introduces guests to a new trend of “day drinking”. Taste the daily changing variety of Highball drinks with best local Vermouth, Sherry or port mixed with tonic water and citrus fruits. The two big ice balls keep your drink at the right temperature and coolness.

Seminars, Events working spaces

A cozy corner with a chimney invites to relax and read a book on the main floor. The hotel offers a lot of space to relax and work. Spaces can be rent and used for conferences or private events, too.
The club floor on the first floor throws you back in time. Find analog game room as a polaroid flipper box or a sound lounge and additional working or event spaces.

My personal highlights

Getting to know Haya Molcho and feeling her passion for food is delightful. She is a person full of energy and ideas transmitting the Balagan style. On of her sons laughs and confirms, that she is really Balagan. This Hebrew word means: sympathetic chaos! NENI is a word play out of her 4 sons names. Nuriel, Elior, Nadiv and Ilan. The name reflects their philosophy of life. NENI is a passion paired with openness and love for food. Eating is always done at a large table with the whole family and many friends. That is what you feel when talking to Haya Molcho in person. That is also what you feel when entering at NENI Restaurant at 25 Hours Hotels.

The Molcho Family runs several NENI restaurants within the 25Hours Hotels in Europe. They make sure the NENI philosophy is lived in every NENI Restaurant. The Kitchen team at 25Hours Hotels gets regular coaching on how to prepare and maintain the NENI food philosophy alive.

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25 Hours Hotel Zürich West

My personal highlight: Discovering a view over Zurich’s industrial Kreis 5 through a pink glassed door in the sauna

25 Hours Hotel offer surprising spots in several European cities. These people create living concepts for travelers that make one feel home away from home. It’s not only their company philosophy, you feel this by yourself when entering their door. It’s the attention and dedication from their staff. The FREITAG bag or portable music pill you find in the room. The bike or mini car you get for free to explore the city.

What impresses, too, is the interior and accuracy of the selected design and materials. The ambience always bases on a story.

This is Zurich West

An urban fast developing industrial area in Kreis 5, approx. 15 minute bike ride to the city centre of Zurich. Around here you can feel, the startup culture. Modern living spaces and clubs are based here, too. The hotel is embedded in a building where you find offices, apartments and shops.

Experience decent timeless beauty at 25Hours Hotel Zürich West

Everything is tone in tone and not overloaded, elegant and colorful. The Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli gave his touch to the house. His inspiration follows the motto: „the smile of my hometown„. He invites guests to explore Zurich’s and Switzerland’s hidden beauty. Show more than bank, chocolate and watches. Alfredo designed for brands as Camper, Iittala, Kvadrat or Vitra. He knows how to create living spaces.

This is 25 Hours Hotel Zürich West

  • 126 rooms in the categories silber, gold and platinum
  • meeting space for up to 120 people
  • event room with a well equipped kitchen for team events
  • club floor to relax
  • NENI Restaurant with eclectic east Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Chef Haya Molcho
  • sauna with a breathtaking view over Zurich through the pink glass
  • mare kiosk with quality products as food, books, gadgets and gimmicks
  • ue boom bluetooth speakers and FREITAG Bag in all rooms
  • iMac workstations
  • free of charge mini car and bike rental
  • a hearty and service oriented staff that makes you feel home away from home
  • Art Installations by Alfredo Häberli

Accommodation

Find 126 rooms in the categories: Silber, Gold and Platinum. The Platinum rooms offer a balcony with a wonderful view over Zurich. There are bunk-bed rooms, too. Get all room details here.

Modern and functional interiors complete the rooms. Nicolas Bovet the Sales & Marketing Manager of the house mentions, that even the door handle is thought out. It’s made with a material that gives the perfect grip when touching it.
The hair dryers in the rooms are one of the best used in the industry from the brand black mambo. A great hair dryer is Something the Hotel Manager Anita Vogel appreciates herself when traveling.

Seminars &  Kitchenclub

I fall in love with their event room! Book the room for some team cooking or kitchen battles. Prepare the menu yourselves, supervised by the 25hours kitchen & service team. Find all the available kitchen events here.
The whole house has great spaces for workshops and conferences. Find more details about their seminar rooms and offers here.

Food at NENI

The restaurant offers a open space for lunch, after work and dinner. The interior is very fancy bright and invites people to relax at the bar after a busy day.

NENI is famous for eclectic east Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Street food style from Tel Aviv. Haya Molcho is the Chef and founder of the NENI restaurants. She runs the restaurant business with her 4 sons. She loves to travel so the dishes are internationally inspired. Most of the food can be ordered as Balagan. Balagan is a lovely way to define an sympathetic chaos in hebrew. Order across the menu and share with your friends.

I liked the Sabich very much. Sabich is a streetfood from Tel Aviv. It comes with baked eggplant, hummus, tomato salsa, tahina with amba and poached egg in a tortilla.

The Jerusalem plate is a must try, too. Comes with grilled strips of chicken breast, bell pepper, onions, oriental spices and fresh herbs, hummus, tahina and pita bread.

For breakfast I love their tea selection called samova and hand made fruity jams  from local producers.

My personal highlights

Walking through this house feels like being on a mini tour through Switzerland. The concept of Alfredo Häberli is perfectly set into place. Guest feel like in wonderland. Me too.

The dessert is my culinary highlight! The Kanafeh with a Mozzarella-Ricotta filling, Joghurt ice cream and minced pistachios was fingerlickn‘ good.

I felt home here. Thank you to the staff for this wonderful experience and being part of the Lovefoodish travel guide.

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Pescheria e bottega 4Leoni Siracusa

My personal highlight: Talking my native language, gesticulating with hands and eating Spaghetti Vongole together at one table with the hearty staff

4 Leoni Siracusa is a place where you learn about Sicilian food traditions. This is how Sybille’s father Stefano explains to me the philosophy of their restaurants in Zurich close to Helvetiaplatz. His daughter Sybille runs this place with a lovely team of Sicilians guys that welcome every guest with a charming smile.
The ambience throws you back to a port in southern Italy, this is how it should be. A bit of kitch is absolutely welcome here, it makes the ambience authentic and cozy.

Sicily is world famous for its fish specialities. At 4 Leoni Siracusa you can find fish rarities as the Ricciola fish and butter tender scarlett shrimps beside classical fish sorts as sea bass, tuna or scallops. Their fish glass case is unique in town. It’s heartwarming observing the Chef preparing the glass case with the delicacies and presenting the fish offer as trophies to the guests. The fish, seasonal fruits, vegetables and other Italian ingredients are imported from Sicily and prepared with the typical mediterranean touch

The menu

Find dishes for lunch as the Insalata di mare or a grilled sword fish with potatoes (both under 30 CHF). Coffee and water included.

For the evening choose a 5 or 8 course menu or à la carte and get what Chef Antonio recommends. The right Italian wine choice is available, too. Beer lovers try some local Sicilian brands.

The must try is the Gran Piatto di mare (for 2 people). This plate gives the best introduction of Siracusa Fish. Get some row, cooked and marinated fish and a variation of tartars.

The traditional dish of the house are Spaghetti Vongole aromatized with Cedro lemons, fresh parsley, white wine and garlic. Cedro is a typical Sicilian lemon with a thick sweet skin.

An other must try in my opinion is the frittura mista. Here you get deep fried shrimps, calamari and small red fried fishes with a very genuin mediterranean spicy touch.

As a dessert take the Cannolo Siciliano. It comes in the shape of a shell, filled with a ricotta cream, decorated with candied sweet fruits, something very Sicilian. The coffee is served with the typical Italian Moka, black and strong, a Sicilian brand, too.

Beside the 4 Leoni Siracusa the family runs the 4 Leoni Firenze, which focuses on Tuscan cuisine. More projects are in the pipeline I have been informed. This means that Zurich will be introduced to a food heritage of more Italian regions, soon!

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Food guide in Zürich!

www.4leoni-siracusa.ch

 

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