I was in Zurich for business from Boston, MA and had a weekend stay in Zurich (02 March 2013). I found Fork and Bottle on TripAdvisor, and I have to say it was even better than the great reviews had me expect. Mike (an ex-pat also from the Boston area), the owner, has a very creative kitchen, and curates a fantastic beer list. Fork and Bottle showed me that craft brewing is alive and well in Europe...despite the best efforts of Reinheitsgebot. Most of the wonderful beers available there are coming from breweries in Italy and Southern Switzerland, and hold their own against the best that California and the Mid-West have to offer!
As I took the virtual tour of Italy's craft breweries, I tried to decide on what to have for supper...everything on the menu, which isn't too big, nor too small...just right...appealed to me in some way or another, either to scratch that itch for good ol' American pub grub, or to sample the locally sourced meats, or to try a preparation I had not tried before. It was not an easy decision, but I finally arrived at the confit porkbelly. It was excellent. The meat was perfectly cooked, the flavors were lovely, and the accompanying side items were perfect complements to the dish. Based on consuming this dish, and seeing many of my other contenders come out of the kitchen, I do not think it is possible to have buyers remorse here. And on the off chance that you do find yourself remorseful, you can take solace in the fact that the prices here are very low for Switzerland, and seem outrageously so when you consider the quality of food you get.
Fork and Bottle also is home to likely the only Sunday Brunch in continental Europe. I saw the menu, and was intrigued, but sadly had move on from Zurich Sunday morning. In the warmer months Mike is able to use ample space outside of his restaurant, (an old converted farm house...very charming) as a good sized beer garden. I hope to be able to return there when it is open again.
In addition to the great beers and kitchen, Fork and Bottle strives to be family friendly, and is very accommodating to children.
The place is located a bit outside of downtown Zurich, but is only about a 7 minute train ride from the main station in Zurich (Zurich HB) on the S7 line I believe. It is well worth the trip, whether you are a foodie, beer hound, home-sick Yank, or life-long resident of Zurich.
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