It was our first time to Equitable at Sankt Meinrad. I had just recently read a very good review about the new chef there and we spontaneously wanted to give it a try. The restaurant is very big on using fair trade, local and seasonal products and they offset their emissions with certificates. Many reasons to go!
Our reservation was for 7pm and only a few tables were occupied by then. For some 15-20 tables there are only two staff waiting on everybody and they do a wonderful job, relaxed and friendly at all times. Fabian Fuchs is joined by a Souschef in the kitchen and what they cooked/ baked/ made was delightful and beautifully presented.
We first had several different amuse-bouches (nice touch: all vegetarian), amongst them soy pralines, bear's garlic balls with liquid inside and beet marshmallows. Next came three kinds of home-made bread with cottage cheese and sweet pepper butter (the latter was really superb).
Our three-course meal started with a variation of cucumber, which included cucumber icecream, hazelnut powder and pumpernickel crumbs. The combination really fit! Course number two was a variation of spring vegetables resp. a tartar. Both were accompanied by little drops of different sauces. For our third course we got a cheese plate resp. the sole. Neither of those were a dissappointment either.
By the time we asked for the check around 8.20pm, the restaurant was full. Before we went home, we got a sizeable round of deserts with cups of strawberries and mascarpone, different cookies, muffins and jellies. A really nice treat and worthy of a dessert on its own.
Our check included drinks and wine and yet "only" came to 220 CHF. Considering the quality and amounts of food and beverages, add to that friendly and prompt service, this is a very fair tab for Zurich. We'll be back!
(A few words on the restaurant: The design is quite simple and even though it's only one big room, the noise levels are quite low. In short: It's an unagitated atmosphere to dine in, which is right down our alley.)
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