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Coco Grill & Bar, Zurich

My personal highlight: Choose by your own the piece of meet that comes on the charcoal grill and join Manager Dominik to the wine cellar to get the wine of your choice!

What if you get access to the kitchen and have the unique opportunity to taste the menu with the staff before it is officially available for the guests? I said yes and joined the team at Restaurant Coco Grill & Bar on a rainy Monday in Zurich close to Paradeplatz!
What makes this place special is the direct interaction with the staff and the Chef. You choose directly your wine and piece of meat you’d like to have prepared!

The menu changes ever week at Coco’s and is rich of fresh seasonal ingredients and stays a surprise until it is served on your plate!

The ambience at Coco’s reminds me to an ancient idyllic boat, decorated with lovely maritime items all over the restaurant.

Dominik the manager welcomes me to the restaurant with a fresh home made apple aperitivo and introduces me to the staff that is hungry waiting to taste the menu of the week. Chef Patrick Frischknecht (before at Eleven Madison Park, New York) explains me the week’s menu consisting of 5 courses including a Swiss Fish (Belper Quellwasser) or juicy cuts of beef or veal, some seasonal vegetables as for example beetroot or celery hand made “Schupfnudeln” and waffles as a dessert. Coco Grill is famous for its charcoal grill, so watch out for their meat or fish!

The garden outside invites to have a gorgeous tasty plate and a glass of wine for example with home made spreads as humus or grilled veggies and meat!

Say yes if Dominik invites you to discover their wine cellar!

Find different wines from Switzerland, Spain, Italy or France for example that pair well with your menu! Choose it by yourself in the cellar located in the sous-soul of the restaurant. The cellar can be rent for private small events! Get more here.

Visit Coco for your lunch break, business dinner or a friends night! The food is mediterranean with a personal touch from Chef Patrick!

Address: Coco Grill & Bar, Bleicherweg 1A, am Paradeplatz, 8001 Zürich, Telefon: +41 44 211 98 98

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11.00 – 15.00 and 17.00 – 24.00 Uhr
Saturday 17.30 – 00.30

In the mood of more food inspiration? Get them on my food guide!

http://www.restaurant-coco.ch

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Coffee & Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz, Zurich

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My personal highlight: Make new friends while exploring the full spectrum of specialty coffee

A place that was really missing in Zurich! Located at 2 minutes from Bahnhof Enge in a spaceful and bright spot where sitting outside is possible, too: Welcome to Coworking Lounge at Tessinerplatz 7 !

What makes this spot one of my new favorite working spaces?

Nikos is a skilled and experienced barista that explains me all details about the world of specialty coffee. How much do you know about the complexity of preparing a coffee ? How does it get that perfect temperature and the milk and coffee balance is at the point your palate is getting the pleasure he wants?

Being able to pick up on the flavour profile of a coffee doesn’t just look impressive, it also heightens your enjoyment!

At Tessiner co-working lounge I have my spot to work, enjoy a delicious coffee or fresh brewed tea and home made vegan cakes. Get more on the co-working facilities here.

Opening hours Coffee Bar‍: Monday – Friday 07:00 – 19:00
Coworking Hosted Hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00

Address: Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz, Tessinerplatz 7, 8002 Zürich

In the mood to discover other coffee places in Zurich? Check my guide!

www.tessinerplatz.ch

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Misoga Korean restaurant

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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 you never tried the Bulgogi, time has come now. It’s a Korean style barbecued beef; tender, with fresh veggies. It comes in a colorful  bouquet of delicious sides as the famous kimchi, pickled veggies, rice and a bean paste.

The ambience is cozy and very relaxed. If you don’t know how to eat your Bulgogi the lovely staff will help you to wrap it right in the fresh green lettuce leaf!

Bibimbap is signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). The ingredients of Bibimbap are stirred together thoroughly with a spoon just before eating.

You can also order your food for take away!

Address: Misoga, Drahtzugstrasse 5,  8008 Zürich

Opening hours:  Montag-Friday: 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:30, Saturday: 18:00-22:30, Sunday closed

www.misoga.ch

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Tisch Bank Stuhl: Coffee & interiors at Bürkliplatz

My personal highlight: Enjoy your Coffee in the middle of an interior shop with a sableés from Mallorca

Sometimes I just need a different environment for my daily routine of having a coffee! This is why the place Tisch, Bank, Stuhl located close to Bürkliplatz is the choice when it comes to be surrounded by style, colors and design.

My eyes immediately catch the beautiful old-fashioned Faema machine, the roast they offer is from Carlito.

The shop is a well-known address in the city for accessories, lamps or pieces of furniture with avant-garde or classic design.
The owner Urs Brack is a Mallorca fan and often on the island, so he brings home sablées from there to enjoy with a coffee!

Address: tischbankstuhl & co. ag, Fraumünsterstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich

Opening hours: Tuesday: 7.00 am – 6.30 pm, WE/THUR: 10 am – 6.30 pm, FRI: 7.00 am – 6.30 pm, SAT: 10 am – 4 pm

http://www.tischbankstuhl.ch

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Brunch @ Cinchona Bar – 25hours Hotel Zurich

My personal highlight: Brunch à la carte with probably the best Shakshuka in Zurich!

The easy way to brunch: at the bar or on a cozy sofa in a living room ambience

Welcome to the Cinchona Bar located in the 25hours Hotel at Langstrasse / Europaallee. The place is famous for their High Balls in town and the extraordinary lively ambience.
I discovered their brunch menu that fits perfect if you are not in the mood of a large buffet but more into plates to share with your friends.

Need help in choosing out of the menu?

Get a great choice of healthy food as a crunchy Granola bowl with creamy greek yoghurt and fresh fruits or delicious pancakes, vegetarian or classical American ones with bacon and maple syrup.
My heart goes boom for the Shakshuka. The tomato sauce is spiced just perfect and the eggs amazingly creamy inside. The way I absolutely love them. Als recommend: The grilled Pastrami Sandwich! The mustard is the perfect match to the beef, sour dough bread, egg and spinach.
Read their complete menu here!

What about a breakfast juice at the bar? Choose the Fortified MARY Vodka infused with spices and portwine, lime, tomato juice!

Prices vary from 9 CHF for the Granola bowl, 12 CHF for the American pancakes, 13 CHF for the Shakshuka to 19 CHF for the grilled Pastrami sandwich.

Address: 25hours Hotel, Langstrasse 150, 8004 Zürich

Opening hours: Breakfast is served from Monday to Friday, 0800 am to 1030 am, Saturday & Sunday 0900 am to 0200 pm.

Take a look at my review of their hotel, if you plan to stay for a night there!

https://www.25hours-hotels.com/en/restaurants-bars/zurich/cinchona-bar

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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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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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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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Kraftwerk Café & Food Zurich

My personal highlight: An inspiring co-work space with a cool industrial ambience where to get regularly changing Specialty Coffee &  vegetarian mezze as the Shakshuka with sweet potato & pecorino cheese

Welcome to Kraftwerk Café located at the shores of the Sihl river. A cozy, urban and spacious coffee and co-working space in town that converts to a lovely restaurant in the evening. Thank you City of Zurich and Impact hub for giving us this unique place!

I am fascinated about the interior on one hand reflecting different small living room spots with lovely decoration, on the other hand there is the modern and trendy influence of these huge containers used as conference or workshop rooms. I do also love very much the coffee wall where you get explained what a real cappuccino is!

The phenomenal La Marzocco coffee machine caught a lot of my attention. The experienced barista Dario knows best how to use this wonderful machine to create my flat white. He is further in charge of the coffee selection for all coffee places within the impact hub co-work spaces. You may know him from Auer Co. close to Limmatplatz, the other coffee and co-work space managed by Impact hub.

Try the Zurich roast and a monthly changing guest coffee roast

What I love about the coffee here is that they support local Zurich Coffee from the roaster “Miro“. I had a roast with a bit of a (red) fruity, chocolate and nut taste called Serra Negra. One of my favorite ones
An other unique thing you find here: nearly every month the selection of coffee changes, so you get the chance to try a variety of guest coffee brands. This makes a coffee lover best understand the diversity of specialty coffee used around the world. You can ask Dario everything about coffee, he is happy to suggest you which coffee suites best your desire.

Not only co-work space but also a spot for lunch or dinner

The team of  Sandro Zinggeler, you may know him from Restaurant Mesa or as Sous-Chef at Restaurant Münsterhof spoiled me with excellent vegetarian mezze with a slight Asian touch. Dario Veggi is the man that prepares the dishes with his staff at Kraftwerk. He revealed to me, that he is very much inspired by Japanese cuisine. That is why my daily special came with a super fresh papaya-veggie sushi roll.

Choose out of different plates to share with your friends. My absolute favorite ones are the Shakshuka with a purée of sweet potato on the bottom and some pecorino cheese on top. I found it the perfect combination with the sweet & salty taste! Absolute to recommend, too, is the hummus made with little tahini and a delicate green vegetarian sauce called Chug.

The paprika powder comes on top and not in the hummus, I found that a good hint from Dario. Will use it next time when preparing it at home!

What else to say, try it for lunch or dinner and don’t miss space in your belly for one of their home made desserts. The cheese cake has a dependency factor 10!

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and Food guide Zurich! Get inspired about more specialty coffee here.

Opening hours for November

Monday to Friday, 8 am until 12 pm

http://www.kraftwerk.host

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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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