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Top 5 Local Dishes in Zurich

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Swiss cuisine is mainly known for its cheese dishes: fondue and raclette. Here are the top 5 Swiss dishes to try in Zurich, and some tips for vegetarians.

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1. Zurich Geschnetzeltes

If you can manage to pronounce this one, try Zurich Geschnetzeltes, made with small pieces of veal cooked in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce. Zurich Geschnetzeltes is usually eaten with noodles.

2. Fondue

Probably the most famous of Swiss foods, fondue is typically a pot of melted cheese into which you dip pieces of bread. Although cheese fondue is the most popular, fondue does not necessarily have to be made with cheese; there are meat fondues too. Fondue is usually shared between a group of people and generally you’ll need at least two eaters if you want to order fondue in a restaurant.

3. Raclette

Raclette is another traditional Swiss dish. Slices of cheese are placed on a raclette grill and the melting cheese is eaten with boiled potatoes. Raclette is usually served with gherkins and other pickled items.

4. Rösti

Rösti is a potato dish that resembles hash brownies. Grated potatoes are fried in a pan and flattened into a sort of a round cake. Rösti is often eaten with bacon or fried eggs; vegetarians can try a cheese topping.

5. Swiss Breakfast

Breakfast is one of the best meals in Switzerland. Muesli was invented in Switzerland and is always available for breakfast. Switzerland also has a great variety of breads. The Zopf is a white bread, often eaten on Sundays for breakfast with butter, cheese, jam or honey.

Traditional Swiss cuisine is not known for vegetarian varieties but fortunately Zurich is also home to Switzerland’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. The Hiltl (Sihlstrasse 28) offers lacto-ovo-vegetarian and vegan foods, and makes veggie versions of many traditional meat dishes.

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Venere Travel Blog writer mhairi dewar

Mhairi is a freelance writer and marketeer. Based in Manchester, she is a lover all things food and wine shaped, travel, random adventures and general merriment. She can often be found propping up the bar at any one of the city's numerous watering holes.

6 responses to “Top 5 Local Dishes in Zurich”

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  1. Giuliano Cadelo says via Facebook:
    January 24th, 2011 at 18:29

    La raclette!

  2. Anne Arnott says via Facebook:
    January 24th, 2011 at 18:40

    Never tried either ..

  3. Carla Pezzuoli says via Facebook:
    January 24th, 2011 at 18:44

    la fondutaaaa!!! adoro la fonduta!!!!

  4. Sabrina D'orso says via Facebook:
    January 24th, 2011 at 20:29

    W i formaggi!!!

  5. Lily Steiner says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 09:42

    Rösti = hash brownies?

    the law is indeed used somewhat loosely on cannabis use in Switzerland, but I believe you wanted to say hash browns.

    a slight, but significant difference.

  6. Pablo Benedetto says via Facebook:
    January 25th, 2011 at 16:35

    I kike raclette, i ate in Zermatt

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