Spice Restaurant – Michelin Restaurant overlooking the whole of Zurich

Spice Restaurant

Sorell Hotel Rigiblick

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The pretty view you get on your way up!

Friday

Beef tartar with humus, fried cucumber with miso mayonnaise. Pre starter started well and kinda reminded me of jaan as stones were used to serve.

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Sour dough Bread that is very fluffy inside and comes with three different spread. The cheese mayo that is really v light, butter with salt and a slightly sour spread that has orange essence in it. Very interesting and my favourites were the cheese and orange spread. Service is very good here as they quickly top up your bread once you finish it.

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Creamy and smooth asparagus mousse with a thin parmaham over it. The Cold mustard ice cream like toppings on top gives it an extra tang.

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Saffron and sardine soup that tasted very appetising and refreshing. Has a light palatable sourness in it and tasted Light and delicious.

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Super fresh succulent Langoustine with creamy sauce and strawberry sauce. Together with this mains is a cube of rice with light curry sauce that has a light strawberry frangrance. Definitely a fusion dish that has been made all so right! The strawberry used in the rice and langoustine made this meal even lighter and somehow makes you feel zen. Maybe its due to the environment I was in (birds chirping melodiously and surrounded by flowers and trees). Shiawase!

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For the mains, I got the really tender chicken with foie gras drizzled with red wine sauce. There’s also spinach mash on the sides which makes it taste healthy. Chicken breast was used here and it really is a feat to mak Make it moist and tender. Delicious!

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For dessert, it was dark bread with vanilla ice cream and a creamy jelly like dome. I like the smooth and creamy ice cream but dessert wasn’t too memorable.

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And for post dessert, I had the intense passionfruit juice with passionfruit sorbet in it. Very fine and refreshing sorbet that prepares me for the amazing walk down later on! The small biscuit has fragrant sesame in it and that was good too!

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DSC_0805And that is the pretty Spice restaurant in Hotel Sorell Rigiblick! A really pretty view while you make your way up! And next up, it will be the awesome Spiez town that I will blog about. Turning slightly towards a travel blog, but Switzerland is really all about the stunning scenery! Food is surprisingly not bad here too!

Holy Cow – gourmet burger joint in Zurich

Holy Cow

DSC_0758Yeah, it’s the end of the conference (with a visit to the prestigious bruker company at the pretty outskirts of Zurich) and finally time to sit down and have a slow burger meal after having locked myself up in the hotel room for the past four days, fiercely typing the report away. Holy Cow, is advertised as a famous burger joints in Zurich and I am lucky to have it just below my hotel.

DSC_0756I’ve got the Funky chicken burger set for 20.90 Fr ad you can actually get the burger for just 14 fr. Now I know why this burger joint so popular among locals. They use really thick meaty patties and the buns are fresh, soft and moist. There’s some garlic mayonnaise in this burger and chips are really chunky and crispy. Delicious burger set meal.

DSC_0755And you get to choose ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard for your sauces. Got the ketchup and mayo to go with.

DSC_0757It’s 28 degrees this evening and I choose to do al fresco. Really one of the rare times that I can do al fresco as I can never do it in hot Sg, while the temperate countries are usually too chilly to do one. This temperature was just right and you wouldn’t sweat!

DSC_0751That’s Holy Cow again.

Euromar2And that’s the really impressive Bruker in Zurich. Very cool production line and they have an awesome cow + mountain view in front of them. Really love this view! People are really friendly there as well and an aunty just struck a conversation with me just like that and we learnt that our birthdays are just one day apart! More to come from Swiss!

Rheinfelder Bierhalle – Old rustic restaurant near the Bahnhof

Rheifelder Bierhalle

Near Zurich train station

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It was a really rainy Sunday and my shoes were soaked after I finished climbing up the flight of stairs to ETH. Nevertheless, it was a great start to the conference with Bruker introducing their cool and new NMR machines followed by an inspiring lecture by the well known James Keeler from the alma mater, Cambridge University. Like his book, he is always so clear in his presentation and I love his British humour when he said something along the lines of “I have to finish soon as there is a dirty look from someone (the time keeper)”. Really cracked me up.

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I wanted to visit the ‘Holy Cow’ that is said to serve really good burgers and I was craving for one then but unfortunately, it is closed on Sundays. So I gave Rheinfelder Bierhalle a visit instead which is just behind my hotel. This restaurant was recommended by my senior during his postgrad years at ETH. Said to serve Schnitzel with big portions, I went for that on the menu.

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It was interesting as I couldn’t find it on the German or English menu initially and so I told the aunty waitress Schnit-zel and she pointed out to me that it’s the breaded pork cutlet on the English menu. Got it with the rosti as a side and throughout the whole meal, the auntie only uses German to converse with me. Very cute auntie really and reminds me of my aunt too. The breaded pork cutlet didn’t feel overly oily and is also really tender on the inside. 18.50  Fr.

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And you a get a choice for your side order and so I got the traditional rosti. Well roasted on the outside as it’s crispy while the inside is still moist. It tasted slightly bland though and I would recommend you to get the Schnitzel that has mushroom cream sauce added to it. That will require half a franc more = 19 Fr. 0.5 Fr is literally written as 1/2 Franc on the Swiss coin.

DSC_0752And that’s the interior, really simple and the lady with white hair was the cute auntie who served me.

Rheinfelder Bierhalle is not the kind of mind-blowing restaurant that you would associate it with, but it really is just a traditional restaurant that serves hearty local Swiss food that keeps you warm on a rainy day.

Zeughauskeller – Traditional restaurant in Zurich

Zeughauskeller

Zurich Old Town

After a 12.5h flight on the fat A380, finally here I am at Zurich Switzerland. Was a big coincidence when I met the senior on the plane and so swapped my seat with a Swiss to catch up with him and the bigger coincidence is that we will be on the same plane back as well!!

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The cute trams on their ‘busier’ roads

So this Swiss trip is meant for a conference and a great meet up with the long-time-no-see English uni friends. And of course, it will be littered with traditional Swiss food along the way! It was a free day at Zurich today before the long conference begins tomorrow, and so I took the time to walk around the old town which felt really tranquil and peaceful. Despite being one of the biggest cities, it really isn’t crowded at all and their trams would always give way to pedestrians.

DSC_0758And this is the famous lake that cuts through the whole of the old town. Together with such a scenic view, the river banks are all littered with cafes and restaurants and doing an al fresco there is definitely the best way to enjoy such a peaceful view.

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DSC_0764And the interior definitely looks old enough as it is said to be one of the oldest restaurants in Zurich.

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And I got one of their restaurant specialties – pork shank with their freshly made potato salad. The taste wasn’t really what I had expected it to be and when it came, I was taken aback by the portion. Super huge but I was ready to attack it as I was very hungry. Pork was juicy, tender and chunky but the sauce was quite salty actually while the potato salad tasted interestingly sour which makes this otherwise cloying dish more appetising. So if you are super hungry, get this pork shank and you will be in for a big satisfying meal! 28.50 Fr.

And I was actually quite fast at exploring the old town as it wasn’t exactly that big but still appreciate the fact that it felt really peaceful. So, I went up to ETH to do a slight recce of the conference area and the beautiful Euromar banner is up already!

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The pretty ETH main building. It somehow has an uncanny resemblance to Imperial.

DSC_0789As ETH is located at the top of a hill, you get a panoramic view of Zurich! In other words, I have to climb a long flight of steps for the next 5 days everyday!

Alright, need to get a really good rest now and fight off the jetlag!