Garden Restaurant, Dolder

Zurich Residents know the Dolder for its exclusivity and ultimate level of chicness. I am not a huge fan of hotel restaurants and tend to frequent them only if I find myself in a situation that leaves me with no other choice. Hotel restaurants very often lack the personal charm of a privately owned eatery. Yet, I have to admit that there is something utterly relaxing about dining in these establishments. You can lean back knowing that you will be served expertly prepared cuisine and the highest level of service. Yes, it might lack the personal twist, the innovation and spontaneity of a privately owned restaurant however sometimes you just want to be on the safe side.

Ambiance: Decorated in what resembles a high-end 50s restaurant the ambiance is chic and minimalistic. On both sides of the restaurant the tables are set in corners with a light curtains. The centerpiece of the spacious dining room is the large window front which stretches out to a generous garden (hence the name) and offers a fabulous view of Zurich.

Food: We opt for the oriental 3-course menu which starts off with mezzes served with oven warm bread. The mezzes include hummus, yoghurt with eggplant, a tomatoe- coriander salad and are very good. Next is the sea bass served with rice and dates, which is fresh and pairs well with the oriental seasoning. The desert is composed of pistachio crepes, orange mousse and a date cake. The crepe is delicious however both the texture of the mousse isn`t creamy enough and the cake is too dry. Our food is accompanied by a Ribera Douro which pairs well with the food.

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Service: The service is impeccable and extremely forthcoming – what else would you expect at the Dolder. We were however surprised to see the staff wear sneakers.

Conclusion: A good choice if you are not feeling like experimenting after a long week in the office. The hotel’s atmosphere is a good mix of exclusivity paired with comfort. With the large terrace, the Garden is also a good choice for the warmer days of the years.

Tip: Hop to the hotels chic bar for an after dinner digestive.

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