The evening was going great - great company, good food and wine, stimulating conversation. The atmosphere in the restaurant was buzzing and full on a Wednesday night - no wonder given the fantastic location, there were many business people from nearby offices no doubt, like us.
The restaurant was designed with a very modern twist on the wood and slate styles - wood tables, clean lines, a wall of slate at the back and the grill in the middle of the room. It's a long room and we were taken to our seats at the very end, past 2-3 extremely large stone vases, with wooden long lamps dangling at various intervals, casting a warm but bright light all around.
If anyone has been to Sake No Hana in London would understand this sort of almost modern Japanese with European infusion. There was wide stairs leading down to the little wine cellar and the bathrooms, where everything was brightly lit and safe. The bathroom was in a similar style; slates on the walls, stone vases and extremely clean and bright. It was decorated with round little mirrors placed everywhere above the sink; the sink being an extremely deep and narrow mosaic creation which matched the door handles.
I ordered the Grilled Quail's Breast on nüsslisalat with slices of foie gras and the most delicious pinenut dressing imaginable. Delicious!
My friend ordered the Champagne truffel soup which smelt wonderful, with the appropriate amount of foam placed tantalisingly on top.
For mains, I had the rindsfilet from the grill with Café de Paris sauce and pomme allumette on the side. My friend ordered the white tuna steak with eggplant caviar and almond broccoli as a side. Our other friend had the sliced tuna steak with a spicy kind of cucumber sauce.
The food was all very delicious but here was where they failed somewhat in my opinion....
1) My friend had asked for tap water and they actually charged for each refill, coming to a total CHF 9 for 8dl of tap water - not much at all, but on principle......
2) My Café de Paris sauce was such a miniscule proportion that it was impossible for customers not to ask for more sauce. That extra bit of sauce was an extra CHF2
3) Side dishes were an extra CHF 7 which is normal....but considering how expensive the main dishes were.......
4) A glass of Moet Chandon rosé champagne was CHF21.....compared to a michelin starred restaurant I went to recently and was served a Perrier-Jouét rosé (which is far more superior in my humble opinion) was CHF19......
So all in all, it was a great evening and I must reiterate that we had no complaints about the food. But really, to charge that extra CHF2 for sauce and for tap water?! How CHEAP do you, as a high end restaurant establishment, make yourself?? Talk about lack of customer service in this regard (because the sauce that came with my steak was really on a nanoscopic scale.....)
As the Swiss would say, this is really BÜENZLI!!
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