There are not a lot of restaurants which convey a brasserie like atmosphere better than this tiny restaurant in Zurich’s old town. With a Martha Steward type interior equipped with pretty little tables, red chairs complete with white and red checked table cloth, the restaurant also offers pretty outdoor seating. On this balmy Friday evening we opt for a table outside. The restaurant is moderately busy and the amount of English speaking guests lets us guess that a few tourists have chosen this venue as well.
The menu: Simplicity at its best; who wants a 10 page menu when you can have it all on just one page. The menu is short and rather plain and includes a few specialties inspired by French cuisine such as the Entrecote Café de Paris and 6 starters. There is a seasonal menu as well which offers roughly 8 additional dishes to choose from.
The choice is not gigantic and if you don’t spot one of your favorites right away you might have a hard time finding something you like. We opt for a salad with goat cheese in pâte feuilletée which is decent although the temperature of the very hot goat cheese and the very cold salad is somewhat unfortunate. We also order the mixed salad which offers one highlight – a fig cut in four pieces –oh well, it’s a salad. Other favorites included the Jambon de Pierre which, for 28 CHF is overpriced. The Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato sauce are mediocre and charging 34 CHF for it is simply excessive. The Veal steak with Taglialoni and Porcini on the other hand is fabulous.
Troughout our evening we are served by very friendly and attentive staff.
We leave with mixed feelings. We like the atmosphere but we aren’t crazy about the food. Will we return? Probably not, as Zurich offers better Brasseries within the same price range such Mère Catherine.