Lunch at The Restaurant Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

Lunch at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

 

Lunch at The Restaurant Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

 

Dolder Grand HotelPhoto © The Dolder Grand Hotel

We recently wrote about the Nespresso Gourmet Weeks lunch and dinner promotion at top restaurants and hotels all over Switzerland. It’s a fabulous idea thought up by Nespresso, which combines coffee and gastronomy, top chefs and wonderful restaurants – and all at a more affordable price than usual for these prestigious establishments.

Throughout Switzerland 15 restaurants were participating in the “Nespresso Gourmet Weeks” event offering lunches for  CHF 70 (excluding drinks) and dinners for CHF 120 (excluding drinks). We were lucky enough to be invited for lunch at The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich (the hotel has recently been awarded GaultMillau Hotel of the Year 2016and couldn’t wait to meet top chef Heiko Nieder and to try out his coffee-inspired lunch menu.

Vegetarian meal at the hotel dolder grandPhoto of the vegetarian version of the meal © Manish Sondhi

The Restaurant is eye-catchingly furnished with walls covered in gold leaf and comfortable well spaced out tables with beautiful crisp linen. With 2 Michelin stars and 18 GaultMillau points and one of the best locations in Zurich, we knew this would be a great lunch but it certainly exceeded our expectations.

Heiko Nieder at the Dolder Grand

We met up with Heiko before the meal, naturally enough, over a Nespresso coffee. He told us how he views coffee as a spice that you can combine in cooking like any other. He explained how he enjoyed the challenge of combining coffee in all aspects of the meal, not just the easy courses like the dessert and we were looking forward to this culinary voyage of discovery.

amuse bouche at the restaurant at the dolder grand

To begin with we were presented with a generous collection of “amuse bouches” tiny but perfectly crafted and each one bursting with flavour. The were all delicious but the delicate truffle egg which was served in a silver painted egg shell looked wonderful and tasted amazing and was our favourite.

Lunch at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

Our starter was a fish soup in which coffee had been infused into the broth.

Fish soup at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand

It was barely discernible but gave a subtle flavour which married perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. It was followed by beautifully cooked venison and was accompanied by a leek Bircher muesli with a hint of coffee. It was served with a separate little pot of the most delicious creamy mashed potato.

Lunch at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

A molten chocolate dessert served with corn ice cream was the icing on the cake! Beautifully presented, cooked to perfection – and of course, with coffee mixed in with the chocolate.

Chocolate fondant pudding at the Dolder Grand

Just as we thought it was all over and were looking forward to our coffee a beautiful collection of petit fours  arrive. They were so pretty that each one was a work of art in its own right. They were delicious!

Lunch at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

Lunch at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

Feeling rather full at this point we valiantly made space for these tasty morsels only to be offered a further treat – chocolates with the coffee!

Lunch at the Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Nespresso Gourmet Weeks

How could we refuse? We convinced ourselves it was all in the course of research – and they tasted amazing!

All in all it was a wonderful meal in a stunning setting with a very clever yet subtle coffee twist!

For more information on the Nespresso Gourmet Weeks please read our article here.

The Restaurant at the Hotel Dolder Grand

Kurhausstrasse 65

8032 Zürich

The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Website 

Nespresso Gourmet Weeks Website

Nespresso Gourmet Weeks Dinner at Park Hotel Vitznau

Nespresso Gourmet Weeks Introduction Article 

All photos by NewInZurich except where attributed

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  1. Mangus Prost says:

    Thanks for another insightful piece New in Zurich! Keep up the good work, I can’t wait to try the Dolder Grand’s restaurant next time I’m back in Zurich!

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