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Wellness & Contemporary Thai Food overlooking Zurich Lake at Panorama Resort Feusisberg

My personal highlight: Relaxing mind & soul in a secret hideaway – Enjoying Contemporary Thai food with a unique view overlooking Zurichlake in a sea of lights!

Where do you travel to if you are in the mood of a Spa Weekend? Sometimes a short car drive is preferred. The hideway has to be away from the city hustle. Th wellness resort Panorama Resort & SPA in Feusisberg is what you are looking for.

Here fascinating worlds of harmony and balance come together. Its location is fantastic. High above Lake Zurich you will find enjoyment, relaxation and a warm hospitality. The view is magic to admire either from the infinity pool, from the hotel room or by having dinner at the Contemporary Thai Restaurant Loy Fah. In their Rooftop bar called Mongomoon Sky Bar for a moment I thought to be in Bangkok. Watch the movie to understand why!

What makes The Panorama Resort & SPA special?

Being countryside makes one immediately feel serene because the pace is slower! No matter if the desire is relaxation of mind & body, excellent food ora a romantic weekend. Feusisberg is a small village about 35 kilometers distant by car from Zurich, easily to reach by train in less than an hour. The place is known for being the ideal conference place, too.

An absolute highlight is the infinity pool. It’s heated up to 30 degrees. I could not stop keeping my eyes away from all of the little bright lights shining over the lake!

The Akari SPA offers all you need when it comes to spoil your body. Find a wellness paradise on over 2000 m2 including outdoor & indoor pools, whirlpools, jet bubblers, seven different saunas and steam baths, foot whirlpools, cozy rest areas, a healthy spa buffet, spacious outdoor area and a professional gym. Absolutely try the offer of massages, too. It’s the cherry on the top after a wellness day.

Find their weekend specials as of 310 CHF/night (Book until Dec. 21, 2018). More details are available here.

Panorama Resort & SPA in a glimpse

  • 102 luxurious rooms & suites
  • Price start as of 200 CHF (classic Single room, incl. breakfast)
  • Contemporary Thai Restaurant Loy Fah with a stylish Mangomoon Sky Bar at the top of the resort, as well as the gourmet Restaurant “Collina”
  • 10 plenary rooms & 8 meeting rooms of various sizes, all with magnificent views over the Lake of Zurich
  •  Ideal place for wedding reception or other family celebrations
  • Wellness & Spa on over 2000 m2S
  • a hearty and service oriented staff

Accommodation

The hotel offers 102 modern rooms in different categories. I found the ambience in the Asian Junior Suite very warm decorated and spacious. The interior is equipped with natural materials as wood and fabrics combined with matching light colors.  Find all details for the booking here.

Food & Drinks

Try one of the three different restaurants or get a fancy drink with typical Thai ingredients as ginger, mint, butterfly pea flower or essences of lemon grass at the Mangomoon Sky Bar. For food there is a choice between the Restaurant Collina, the Contemporary Thai Restaurant Loy Fah or the Restaurant Körnlisegg, about 15 minutes drive from the hotel.

My experience at Contemporary Thai Restaurant Loy Fah

The interior at Loh Fay Restaurant is astonishing. Its design radiates cosmopolitan flair, at the same time it embodies the culture of ThailandLoy Fah Thai Chef Pich Tongurai and his staff spoiled us with a 4 course dinner, a delight for belly and eyes. Get an interpretation of traditional Thai cuisine in a surprising way. Authentic ingredients of the highest quality and freshness are used: Explore exquisite seafood or extravagant vegetarian dishes. No problem if you are more into meat, everybody finds the perfect choice.

4 course dinner to recommend

Appetizer

Tuna Tatar “Laab” – A fresh Tuna tatar with spices from the north-east region Isaan, with crispy fried mushroom & tapioca chips

or

Ceviche salad “Share Nham Pla”- Thai style king fish ceviche (raw) with lemongrass, sea grapes & chili lime dressing

First course

“Tom Kha” Cappuccino – comes with Galangal root and coconut broth, Thai herbs served with a grilled scallop

or

Pomelo Salat Vegi “Yam Som O” – Thai pomelo salad with grilled palm hearts, toasted coconut flakes & Thai basil

Second course

Sea bass “Pla Ob Kamin”  – In baking-paper steamed sea bass “Thai papillote” with Thai vegetables, turmeric & galangal root butter

or

Beef Curry “Massaman Nua” – Braised beef cheek in Mussamun curry, coconut gnocchi, edamame bean salsa & cashew nuts

Dessert

Mango-Stickyrice “Khao Niau Ma Muang” – Comes with a spring roll, flamed mango & black sesame ice cream

or

Thai Sago Pudding “Phuket Style” – The pudding (tapioca) comes with young coconut and mango ice cream

The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 6 – 11 pm. The costs from the menu (set menu or free selection from the menu) are for the 3 course menu 80 CHF and for the 4 course menu 95 CHF.

My personal highlight: the Beef Curry “Massaman Nua”. The beef cheek was extremely tender and the exotic coconut gnocchi combined with a not too intense curry an the ideal contemporary interpretation.

Absolutely try the SPA buffet, too. I loved the fact that plenty of products, including the breakfast buffet are hand made and very genuine in the taste. The scrambled eggs were super creamy, the jams and the “Butterzopf” of excellent softness.

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Pinatubo Philippine Restaurant Zurich

My personal highlight: The cross-cultural mix reflects best in food: trying the first time ever a dynamite spring roll Philippine Style!

“Stay hungry and foolish” is doubtless my motto of live! Foodblogging is made 100%  for me. My curious mind brought me to discover Pinatubo Restaurant – a Philippine Restaurant located at Klingenstrasse 33 close to Limmatplatz in Zurich. My travels did not make it to this magic country, yet, this is going to be my first experience of Philippine Food.

Julius Pozon the manager, introduces me to their culture and food. The Philippine Cuisine is influenced by a tremendous number of countries. China is one of the influencers, this explains spring rolls on the menu. America seems to have an other impact, too. I find buffalo wings and banana ketchup used in the preparation. Even similarities to Indonesian and Spanish food! The most famous Philippine dish is called Lechon (roasted pig). Ingredients that catch my attention are toyo (soy sauce) and patis (fish sauce), as well as the method of stir frying and making savory soup bases. Due to the countries’ vast coastlines there is of course an abundance of excellent seafood, too.

All that said, lets discover their menu! For all Indonesia lover, check my travel section here. Get inspired about the beauty of South East Asia. Traveling to the Philippine Islands is on my bucket list!

Signature dishes: Roasted crispy deep-fried pork, beef stew or milkfish?

Are you planning a big group dinner, absolutely go for the Boddle fight! Sounds weird? A Boddle fight originates from the Philippine Military. A big pile of food served in the middle of a long table. It’s originally eaten by hand. It used to symbolize brotherhood and equality in the military. The word fight refers to the act of grabbing and eating as much food as possible before it runs out.

The Buddle fight menu is the best choice to get an introduction into the Philippine Cuisine!

As starters find chicken buffalo wings Philippine Style, dynamite spring rolls that come in a long green pepper (not spicy) filled with minced beef and cheddar cheese.

Try main dishes as the Tapsilog: Beef stripes with a fried egg on top, cucumber, tomato and fried rice. The dish called Caldreta is a good option for a beef stew with veggies and rice. Must try: The Philippine Pilsener Beer San Miguel (obviously a Spanish influence) and for dessert: fried banana roll with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Lunch Menu are available for 11– 15.50 CHF, take away. The boddle fight for 78 CHF (2 P), main dishes starting with 18.50 CHF

Opening hours: Lunch buffet (no à la carte) Monday – Friday 11:30-14:00,
À la Carte Monday – Sunday 18:00-22:00

Address: Pinatubo Restaurant Klingenstrasse 33, 8005 Zürich, TEL: +41 44 273 76 70

 

https://www.pinatubo.ch

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Soi Thai Street food Restaurant & Bar, Zurich

My personal highlight: Waterspinach prepared in the wok with an original smoked taste – Quality food that is authentic and genuine all prepared fresh

Soi Thai is a pop up Street Food Restaurant & bar located at Rämistrasse 24 up at the hill towards Promenade Parking close to an immense green garden. The pop-up is managed by Valentin Diem and Patrick Schindler. New in the team is Felix Schulenburg, he is the former Sous-Chef of the famous  Bangkok based restaurant Bo.lan. The room I enter is long and narrow. Long time ago this was the home of a rope making factory – Die Alte Seilerei Denzler. The music is authentic thai, the floral decoration invites your mind to travel to a side street of Bangkok. Valentin explains to me, that Soi Thai means a side street in Thai, makes much sense!

Here no reservation is accepted and 1h of queueing is absolutely normal. First comes, first serves. Enjoy a traditional Thai Cocktail as the Tamarind Gin Tonic or a house coke. Sit on the authentic plastic chair directly imported from Thailand while waiting. I suggest to be there around 17.30 or 18.00 latest to mind the queue.

The concept of Soi Thai is simple, all ingredients are imported from Thailand to make the food as authentic as possible. Their recipes, as the sticky mango rice, follow ancient preparation as the use of of smoked Jasmin candle to cook the rice.
The size of the plates are ideal to share with friends. A main attraction of the open space kitchen is the wok for me, the flame gets giant! It gives that super tasty smoked flavor I loved on my water spinach.

The whole staff moves fast and agile, so many odors as garlic, sour, sweet or even chili tickle my nose.

The signature dish to recommend

Chicken Gai Yang: A grilled chicken on marinated turmeric, garlic, coriander root, palm sugar and fish sauce. The sauce that comes with the chicken: super tasty, but spicy! Try their water spinach – Phak Buung Fai Daeng and  the papaya salad – Som tam. Sharing plates is the best way to experience the menu. The daily special I had was a grilled chicken salad with litchi & a coconut sauce.  Try the dish Larp. This meat salad is seasoned with fish sauce and lime juice. The minced pork is boiled and roasted, aromatized with chili, coriander, mint and spring onions.

The prices for a main vary between 14 CHF and 19 CHF.

Address: Rämistrasse 24, 8001 Zurich, Kreis 1

Opening hours: MON- SAT 17.30 to 23.30 Uhr

It is on until September 16, 2018 so hurry up!

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Food guide in Zurich!

www.soithai.ch/

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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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Lucky Dumpling Zurich

My personal highlight: The filling makes the difference! My favorite choice: Hun Dun Soup with hand made dumplings filled with pork, shrimps, ginger & vegetables on a super tasty stock, all Glutamate free

Sunday is the day to have brunch with friends. This time my hungry stomach brings me to Zurich, Kreis 4 in Langstrasse 10. Here I get introduced to a Chinese Brunch at Lucky Dumpling. The manager Angel Liu welcomes us. I let her choose our brunch menu.

What to expect from a Chinese Brunch?

The name says it all, we dive into Chinese food traditions. Please, forget about eggs and ham or croissant and jams. Here we experience a variety of dishes served as Chinese tapas (small served plates). I love the fact that you can share these small plates with your friends and eat you through the brunch menu.

Dumplings in different sizes, shapes and fillings

Get salty and sweet steamed dumplings in different sizes, shapes and ways of preparation.
Find Dumplings or Baos (an other form of a dumpling measuring about 10 cm) filled with vegetables, pork, shrimps spiced up with herbs and a delicious hand made soya sauce. Absolutely recommendable is the Hun Dun Soup. The stock is super tasty, clear and comes with wontons (additional form of dumpling in a triangle shape). It has a pork, shrimp, ginger and vegetable filling I found outstanding.

I love the sweet dumplings, filled with red beans or pumpkin. The fried dumpling with a sesame coat is super delicious, too.

All dumplings are made from scratch and fresh every day. The meat used is from regional suppliers (Zurich Oberland). I absolutely recommend the fresh brewed mint tea that comes with orange juice, too.

Talking to the owner Angel Liu I understand that she takes care about healthy food, it’s her lifestyle, too. That is why all dumplings are Glutamate free at Lucky Dumpling.

Additional tapas on the menu are: Chinese Burger made with a special pita bread bun and a slow cooked beef and pork meat added with fresh herbs and salad. Get an overview of the brunch menu here. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. The place is recommendable for dinner or lunch, too.

Looking for food suggestions in town? Get more on the Lovefoodish guide.

 

www.luckydumpling.ch

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Put Put Japanese Takeaway

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My personal highlight: Understanding that Japanese Curry is a real traditional food cooked at home, it brings the family together at one table

I am glad I found this cute little Japanese Takeaway in Zurich. It is located at Stauffacherstrasse 101 very close to Langstrasse. The place is a real Japanese bijou. Stepping inside the typical fancy Japanese Design stands out. Their charactere named “putput” is a cute chick in the manga style. You can admire it all around the shop. There are fancy putput objects as home made mugs or bags to purchase, too.

The owner Nao Shirato explains to me, that the food they serve is inspired by the recipes of her grandmother. That’s Japanese cuisine her family used to eat at home.

The curry base is a home made paste. Its taste is not comparable to a spicy Indian curry with coconut milk. I found this curry mild, thicker in the consistency.  The Potato inside where fingerlicking, a real value to my curry experience.

The choice of menu is simple. Different menus are available for vegetarians and non.

Try the super tasty home made Japanese Curry (veggie or chicken), the Gyudon bowl with beef, the Onigri (rice sandwich with meat, fish or veggie) or different buns filled with veggies, meat or azuki (sweet beans).  The home made ice tea is recommendable, too.
The miso soup tastes very authentic and comes with the main dish if you like. Choose the salad instead if this doesn’t match your choice.

Menu are available for 11.5o – 15.50 CHF. Get a bun for 6 CHF,  Gyudon 13.50-15.50 CHF, Onigiri 5.50 CHF

Opening hours

Monday 11:30 — 14:00
Tuesday — Friday 11:30 — 21:00
Saturday 14:00 — 21:00

http://putput.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.

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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Yume Ramen Zurich

My personal highlight: Watching Chef Ben creating my miso ramen in the kitchen and explaining to me every detail about what is relevant to get elastic handmade ramen noodles and telling me that I need to slurp my soup to get the best taste

Food rumors are spreading so fast in our tiny city. It makes it very easy t to hear about the new places in town. Yume Ramen is now offering Ramen soups at Römergasse 6, Zürich.

Behind Yume Ramen stands a heritage of Japanese Cuisine. Lorenz Muster, the Manager of Sala of Tokyo brought this concept to the city with the goal to introduce to Zurich People the authentic Japanese gastro pub lifestyle called Izakaya. In Japan people to stop by at this easy food bar for lunch or after work. The ambience at Yume Ramen is completely like that, easy and homy. The fact that a traditional Swiss “beiz” was here before having a bit of a 80’s and retro interior, makes that place even more authentic.

Chef Ben introduces me to the uniqueness of Yume Ramen. It’s the soup stock that is made fresh from scratch every day and cooked for hours either with pork bones or a veggie stock. The selection of ramen is variegated, guests appreciate that. Pork, Beef, Chicken or Veggie, all available on the menu.

The noodles are from Swiss natural flour (no transgenic crops!). They rest for a few days to mature the perfect taste and get knead by hand carefully. They serve up to 150 ramen soups per day, that is obviously the favorite dish of the guests.

Feeling the passion of Chef Ben and his staff is viral. You understand fast that people here love what they do. The result in your bowl is the prove.

The Yume Ramen menu

Enjoy a Japanese beer and fresh Ramen, Donburi or Otsumami appetizers. Take a Bento Boxes to go if you are in a hurry, meat or veggie. They make fresh home made lemonade with pure fruit pulp. I love the fact that it is not too sweet. Products are from best gastro suppliers.

In the evening the best choice are Otsumami. The variety of the appetizers is fantastic and perfect to share with friends. Get some advises from the lovely staff, they are happy to help you.

The quality/price ratio is absolutely okay. Ramen soups start with 19 CHF.

The selection of Japanese Whisky is the biggest available in Zurich. I am fascinated by the labels of the bottles! Ben recommends the brand Habiki or Nikea. Guests love the label Karuizawa.

 

www.yume-ramen.ch

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Misoga Korean restaurant

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Korean food

Welcome to Korea. I love this place! As the name says, it’s the house of smile. And I am sure you will feel same. If your never tried the Bulgogi, time has come now. It’s a Korean style barbecued beef; a colorful taste with a bouquet of delicious spices. Try it! Misoga is located at Zeltweg 12, close to the Kunsthaus. I love it.

www.misoga.ch

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Sieben Samurai Japanese Restaurant

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My personal highlight: Good quality for a good price. Crispy fried tempura, also for take away.

Japanese food

When it comes to a good Japanese takeway or a simple dinner before going to the cinema I do really like this place. Sieben Samurai is at Badenerstrasse and Kanzleistrasse. You find sushi, sashimi, delicious bento boxes and crispy fried tempura. I absolutely recommend their Yuzu mochi, they are super refreshing!

Check it out!

www.siebensamurai.com

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