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With its luxurious setting and international community, Zurich offers some of the most impressive restaurants in Europe. Here are five of the best places to eat in Zurich recommended by Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Restaurant Spice. For acclaimed world-class gourmet cuisine in Zurich, head to Restaurant Spice in the Rigiblick Hotel. This award-winning eatery on the outskirts of the city serves up three- to nine-course tasting menus that bring a succession of inventive and surprising dishes that delight with their unexpected presentations and flavors.
2. Zeughauskeller. Tucked inside a former Swiss arsenal, Zeughauskeller offers hearty, traditional Swiss-German cuisine. Choose from the menu items marked nach Zürcher Art (cooked in the Zurich style), such as Kalbsgeschnetzeltes (sliced veal and mushrooms in a creamy white-wine sauce) and a variety of sausages such as Kanonenputzer (a pan-fried sausage served in half-meter or meter lengths).
3. Kronenhalle. A traditional Swiss restaurant with an international twist, this elegant institution combines stunning décor — look for the original paintings that Picasso and Miró once traded with the owners. The spectacular menu offers a mix of French-inspired and traditional Swiss cuisine.
4. The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Hotel. If you visit this acclaimed restaurant with views of the Alps during lunchtime, Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend the Amuse Bouche menu, made up of small tastings of the restaurant’s most outstanding dishes. Dinner service brings four- to seven-course dinners; while true gourmands will want to put themselves into chef Heiko Nieder’s hands for a fantastic 12-course tasting menu. The restaurant also offers special vegetarian fare; everything is paired with the first wines from around the world.
5. Restaurant Schauenstein. It’s an hour from the city, but any true gastronome will savor the journey to Restaurant Schauenstein in the Swiss Alps. The highly acclaimed restaurant is housed in a medieval castle; and according to some, the food served in its hallowed halls is among the best in the world.