Brasserie Lipp, Urania, Zurich
A virgin restaurant was due to be visited, the Brasserie Lipp in the middle of Zurich. The claim of the restaurant is to be one of the premier seafood places in Zurich. The menu reflects that, in combination with classic french dishes referred to as cuisine bourgeois. The onion soup was okay, there was hint of tomato and the cheese could have been sharper.
Impressed by the contraption at the table next to us, our decision falls on the all-you-can-eat shrimp tower. I am a picky one on the shrimp and these here were okay. Cooked shrimp need to have that perfect bite, without any hint of mealiness. The ones here were showing mealiness, which is either a sign of frozen or old product and/or sloppy preparation. Since the menu didn’t mention the origin of the fish or seafood one can only speculate. In all fairness, what do you expect from an all-you-can-eat offer.
Dessert was fun, a classic iles flottantes with a terrific sauce, just what you’d expect to echo that old school feeling. Overall the atmosphere was good and the menu was a good reflection of the style of restaurant. Still it reeinforced two basic principles, don’t order all-you-can-eat and expect pristine quality as well as eating shrimp in Switzerland isn’t the best of ideas.