Guest Blog – Fork and Bottle Restaurant Zurich
In our series of Guest Blogs about businesses which are “new in Zurich”, this month we caught up with Amy Paape, Fork and Bottle’s special events coordinator, to find out a little bit more about this urban oasis. A hidden gem of a restaurant in Zurich, it’s just 8 minutes by train from Zurich Hauptbahnof and even closer to Silhlcity.
NiZ: You’re a relatively new restaurant in Zurich having been established for about 2 years, but you are already quite well known in the expat community here in Zurich. What’s your secret?
F&B: We started as a ‘secret supper’ club and catering business and were simply looking for a venue to be able to produce our events. When we took over the location where Fork & Bottle is currently located the restaurant took on a life of its own! It has become a local hangout for both families with children as well as craft beer lovers looking for a place to unwind after work or on the weekend. We love offering beer tasting and aperos for groups of all sizes. People are drawn to the relaxed and friendly setting and our various menu offerings which give expats a taste of home. It’s something new and different for the local Swiss – like our London Gastropub Saturdays and American style Sunday brunch.
We source as much as possible from local farms, markets and artisanal purveyors, and our menu is constantly changing based on seasonal availability, which keeps things interesting. Most of all is our constantly evolving craft beer selection, which owner Mike Goguen personally sources from small microbreweries in northern Italy and Switzerland.
NiZ: You host a lot of fun events in English. Can you tell us a little about what type of events you run and how often.
F&B: We host many events at Fork & Bottle Restaurant and also at our guests’ homes & offices via our sister business, Melt Catering. In the Summer months we regularly host live music in the beer garden and sporting events like the World Cup this summer and most recently, NFL Sundays. We also have started “brewer dinners” which are nights when we invite one of our brewers to come in and we do a 4 course food and beer pairing evening and the brewers have a chance to explain their beer and how it pairs with the food.
Our newest regular event that is proving to be a monthly occasion is “Fork, Bottle & Brush”. Local artist Joanne Finnegan hosts this festive and creative event.
We are also host Valentine’s Day dinners for couples wishing to ring in this romantic day or for groups of friends looking to enjoy our 4+ course menu at the Fork & Bottle with wine or beer pairings. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org for your reservation.
NiZ: How would you describe your menu?
F&B: Our menus feature seasonal ingredients with a creative and exciting mix of American, British, and international influences. We take pride in keeping our menu a representation of current ideas made with locally sourced meat & produce. A few of our guest favourites are the Fork & Bottle Burger, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Chili BBQ Ribs, and the California Breakfast Burrito offered on our extremely popular Sunday Brunch menus.
NiZ: Any upcoming events for people to look forward to with the change of season?
F&B: We prepare our fresh vegetable garden at the beginning of each year to provide our menu with fresh herbs, fruits & vegetables all Summer long. We also really look forward to the beer garden season. We will have an exciting line up of live music to enjoy in the sun, with friends, great food and an amazing selection of locally (CH, Italy) crafted artisanal beers. Our location is a local favorite for a weekend pop by, or parties of all sizes. We also host birthday parties, wedding receptions, corporate team building gatherings, as well as specialty beer dinners co-hosted with local businesses.
NiZ: What’s the best way to get to you?
F&B: From HB you can take the S4 to the Brunau stop and simply walk over the tracks, under the highway and the Fork and Bottle is a quick turn to the right. Or, you can take the tram to Sihl City Nord or Saalsporthalle and take a stroll next to the skate park and rugby fields on your way to our oasis just outside of the city. If you come by car, there is parking available just outside of the restaurant and in the carpark under the highway just across the street. We are a kid friendly establishment catering to both parent and child. We have a playroom upstairs for the kiddos to mingle whilst the adults enjoy their experience at the same time as being able to keep an eye on the their children.
For more information and to check the latest menus please go to the website.
This article was written in conjunction with and supported by the Fork and Bottle.
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