Summer is approaching and what better way to spend these long, balmy evenings than with a fine dinner by the lake. We are always on the lookout for great restaurants and Chez Fritz is certainly one of the places to be in the summer. More casual and rustic than “Seerose” (owned by the same group) Chez Fritz, can be considered its less dressed up sister. With its laid back atmosphere Chez Fritz isn’t just for special occasions and Kilchberg residents have every reason to be smug about having something this good on their doorstep.
Ambiance: “Chez Fritz” offers an indoor restaurant but it is the terrace that we came here for. The terrace is covered by a sun blind. The wooden chairs and tables with tiny olive trees create a rustic, Mediterranean and “garden like” ambiance. The tables are located just by the lake and offer a stunning view. The crowd is a mix of everything; families, friends and couples at different age groups flock here to marvel the view.
The menu: Don’t be put off by the handwritten menu. Yes, we agree that whoever wrote it won’t be wining a calligraphy award anytime soon but take your time and the service will be sure to assist you in case you have difficulties making out the handwriting.
Chez Fritz offers a good mix of light summer dishes. The melon with ham though simplistic, is served in the melon and can rightfully be considered a “Chez Fritz Classic”. The mixed salad is a safe bet too. For a main course we are served delicious fish fillet fresh from the lake with summery vegetables; a great, light dish which is ideal for a warm summer night. The honey roasted rips are accompanied by cole slaw and thyme flavored french fries and are good too. The desert menu looks delicious but unfortunately had to say no to desert – we are simply too full. Instead we order a coffee and the bill.
Is there anything to criticize? Well it would have to be the very slow service. The service staff seemed a bit overwhelmed by the number of guests. Don’t go there if you are very hungry or in a hurry, this is slow food – and we mean literally.
If you come by car, don’t even try the parking space in front of the door unless you get there by 5 pm or are blessed with fantastic parking abilities as it is notoriously overcrowded. There is a parking space on the left side of the restaurant’s entrance and usually parking is free from 7 pm onwards so its franc savvy too