Honke Owariya

Restaurant: Honke Owariya 「本家尾張屋」
Menu: Soba & Tempura set
Address: 322, Niomontsukinukecho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0841, Japan
Business hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (last order 18:30) *sweets sale from 9:00

Ohaiyo Gozaimasu! (Good morning) It’s autumn season all around in different region in Japan. I have been traveling to Kansai region in order to experience different aspect of Japan culture starting from my first destination, Kyoto.

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Kyoto is an ancient town with rich and mysterious over thousand years as Japan’s former capital city leading to our first destination as Soba restaurant with nearly 550 years of history. Personally, 550 years history are quite impressive for me and I am quite excited to experience my dining experience in this restaurant.

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I arrived at the restaurant around 6:00 PM on weekday and it’s quite dark already at that moment. From the first glance, I could feel that the place is quite ancient with full of history. Then I proceed into the restaurant.

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I was greeted by the waitress which I was seated right away in the 1st floor. There are also 2nd floor table. The first thing I recognized was since the place started as a confectionery shop, they still retain their heritage and still sell confectionery at the front of the store.

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They also provide English menu. I ordered Soba set with tempura and added larger Soba portion.

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My meal arrived shortly after the order. I could notice that the texture of soba are so refined and delicate since the restaurant has been perfecting their skills on confectionery and applied to Soba crafting skills. Zaru Soba (Dipping soba into the sauce) shows that the soba texture was so smooth and kept me on eating. In addition, the dipping sauce are also well seasoned and not too salty resulting in one of the most satisfying meal.

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Tempura texture are not too oily and retains crispiness. The quality is great and enjoyable. however, it’s still pale comparison to extraordinary Soba.

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Finished my meal with great satisfaction. For me, Soba is a great experience in Japanese cuisine and healthy meal since it does not give the overload feeling after the meal like Ramen.

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Then I proceed to Gion district in the night. Gion is a well harmony between past and present which is one of my favorite place in Kyoto. That’s all for my review. Personally, I think the place is worth visiting for their ancient and refined Soba skill. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

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Zum Kropf

Restaurant: Zum Kropf
Menu: Kalbsbradwurst Rosti
Address: In Gassen 16 | 8001, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Business hours: 11.30 am – 23.00 pm

Zum Kropf located in Gassen 16 and could be traced back to the Middle Ages as the first mention name “Zum Kropf” in 1444. The place has course has been changed from mayor house to spice shop. At the present, Zum Kropf holds a place as a well-known restaurant in Zurich.

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Quoted from Zum Kropf website

“The beer hall is the restaurant’s showpiece. At the centre is a powerful “Corinthian” pillar, plastered in stucco marble. The wall panelling is interrupted by two large mirrors, which have lavish baroque frames. Stretching across them is a fresco depicting cheerful cherubs, singing frogs, musical monkeys, and lively drinking buddies. The vault is ornamented with Hermes figures and “culinary emblems”– a cornucopia of vegetables, crabs, and tortoises – indicating a rich banquet of food. A stained glass window integrated in the hall’s painted stucco ceiling is characteristic for interiors of the epoch. The rear hall is designed in a simpler fashion, attaining its rhythmic structure from three wood pillars.”

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In my opinion, this restaurant is an amazing opportunity to enjoy good food and artistic value at the same time.

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Kalbsbradwurst Rosti

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Bradwurst texture is firm and juicy as expected from Zurich standard cuisine influenced by German food because of the location.  The sauce is also well-seasoned.

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Rosti is crispy but burnt in the bottom.

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Then I traveled to Lakeside Zurich to enjoy get some breeze.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think this pack combines beautiful ambiance and delicious food. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

 

Alexis Restaurant & Winebar

Restaurant: Alexis Restaurant & Winebar
Menu: Classic cheese fondue
Address: Niederdorfstrasse 40 | Niederdörfli, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Business hours: 11am – 12pm

As I am in Switzerland, it is not a question whether to have fondue or not. The question is when and where to have this awesome bowl of melty cheese in Switzerland. I went to a restaurant in old town part for a fondue.

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Classic Cheese Fondue

Wine, Cherry Grappa, Garlic & Seasoning

Melty cheese fondue on a rainy day seems to be a good combination. Proportion of bread seems to be large. Fondue taste kind of salty. I recommend having this set for two persons.

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Jin-kyun wants some taste of fondue >_<

That’s all for this review. Personally, I think this is a great place for cheese fondue. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

Sweets in Zurich

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Here’s my short reviews about street sweets that could be easily found on the street of Zurich. One of my favorite aspect in Zurich is the availability of public chairs which I could get any awesome Gelato and conveniently hop on the chair and start enjoying yummy Gelato.

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Luxemburgerli from Confiserie Sprüngli

Cripsy and melt in your mouth.

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Starting with Gelato from the famous Movenpick. I selected Swiss chocolate flavor and the texture were delicate with choc chips to make things more interesting.

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Chocolate gelato from Max chocolate (Globus HB)

The texture of Gelato are more thick compared to Movenpick. It also provide fresh and strong flavor of chocolate.

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Gelato from 10′ dieci

This is one of the most packed chocolate Gelato I’ve ever tasted. Personally, I think it’s too thick. However, if you’re chocolate big fan I’m certain that this Gelato is a must when visit Zurich.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think Zurich contain variety of Gelato which suits different types of chocolate lover from soft and tender to hardcore Chocodevil. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

Uetliberg

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My journey to mountain Uetliberg started with a train from Zurich HB station. The train takes about 30 minutes to Uetilberg station.

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Passed through a hospital on my way. Such a scenery view. At first I thought the building was a hotel.

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When I arrived at the look-out tower, there are some error on the automatic gate and I waited about 15 minutes by strolling around until the problem were fixed. The entry cost 2 CHF.

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Personally, the view are so beautiful and I love Zurich city planning for such a wonderful view of the town.

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The wind intensity on the top of tower is also strong when I visited. Some might call that “romantic” and I see a lot of couples around.

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Personally, I think Uetilberg is one of the most memorable place when I visited Zurich. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

Sternen Grill

Restaurant: Sternen Grill
Menu: St. Galler Bratwurst & Gold Bürli
Address: Theaterstrasse 22 | Bellevue, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Business hours: 10:30 AM – 11:45 PM

 

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Switzerland are well known for high living quality which also comes with a higher cost when it comes to food. Today, I will write about local food and possibly comfort food with reasonable price in Zurich. Located in southern part of town near tram station.

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I have arrived at the place near 8 PM. The place is crowded with people which means a very good sign. This restaurant is famous for their St. Galler Bratwurst and most of Bratwurst cost around 7-15 CHF which is still reasonable price in Zurich.

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St. Galler Bratwurst texture seems to be quite overcooked on the outside. However, the first bite provided firm and juicy texture with beautiful seasoning that makes me wants another bite. This is one of the best Bratwurst I have ever had so far.

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Crusty Bürli bread roll is also good combination with St. Galler Bratwurst.

 

That’s all for this review. Personally, I think this is one of the best place in Zurich for Bratwurst. I strongly recommend if you visit Zurich. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.