Small Plates and Great Taste at Münsterhof Restaurant Zurich

Little plates at Munsterhof

Small Plates and Great Taste at

Münsterhof Restaurant Zurich

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Munsterhof Zurich

The newly renovated car-free zone of the Münsterhof in the heart of Zurich is both inviting and charming. After the extensive road works which have seen the square turned from a car park into an attractive pedestrian only zone, the area next to the Fraumünster Church with its quaint cobblestones and stunning new fountain is the perfect place to while away a pleasant afternoon or evening.

Munsterhof Zurich

Relaxed Vibes on the Piazza

The Münsterhof Restaurant has livened up the area with its stunning green, turquoise and striped parasols and co-ordinating peppermint green tables (which incidentally match the tower of the Fraumünster). Some may say the colours are a bit bright for this quaint and historic area of the city, but I don’t think you can deny that they bring a freshness and vitality to the area – a bit of a relaxed Summer vibe – and a great place to have a drink or a full meal.

During the day the Münsterhof serves a daily set menu at lunchtime which changes every week and during the evening it’s a more relaxed affair, where the menu comprises a series of exquisite little pots and plates. Neither a starter nor a main course, these dishes are something in-between. You pay for the number of pots or plates you choose and when we tried the menu the other evening we were really impressed.

The Small Plates and Pots Concept

tuna amuse bouche

The little plates and pots looked adorable and were packed with flavour and to begin with we had a delightful tuna amuse bouche! The schnitzel was divine, the carpaccio delicious, the broccoli both beautifully spiced and tasty and the mini hamburger topped with a quail’s egg, superb. These were the 4 plates that I chose and I must say I made fabulous choices and enjoyed them all immensely.

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They were quite filling and maybe 3 pots would have been sufficient but my companion also made a great selection by choosing fish “knusperli”, giant prawn with avocado and a wonderful burrata. We washed it all down with a delicious Austrian Grüner Veltliner which was crisp and refreshing and came by the carafe.

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I think the “small plates” concept is great. Simiar to tapas, it’s a great idea for sharing with a group and allows you to experience lots of different tastes all at once. As you can easily order more once you run out – it also allows you to order the perfect quantity according to your hunger.

The plates and pots are charged per person as follows: 2 for CHF36, 3 for CHF 49, 4 for CHF 61, 5 for CHF 73, 6 for CHF 84 and 7 for CHF 91.

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The Restaurant

Eating out in the shadow of the Fraumünster was pretty special and there is seating for up to 60 people outside, whilst on inclement days you can dine inside the restaurant which is quaint and full of character. The downstairs restaurant seats 30 and is styled with a kind of “masculine theme ” comprising dark wooden tables as well as a very interesting wall display of original sketches including one by Ferdinand Hodler – all very “Sketch-esque”!

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On the floor above there’s a great view overlooking the piazza and a slightly more feminine style. The upstairs restaurant also seats 30 and has an original and very beautiful art mural “The Love Garden” protected by glass.

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Chocolate Dessert

After our main courses we decided to throw caution to the wind and indulged in a rather decadent, chocolatey and very rich chocolate torte which came with whipped cream. Admittedly we did share it – but even so we were feeling very replete by now! The staff were super friendly, courteous and very attentive throughout – which for me is a big plus and something I really appreciate, since this is not always the case in Zurich.

So did we like it? We loved it! And we will definitely be coming back. I’m a great fan of these small plates and love the way you can mix and match different flavours and styles and choose just the number to suit your appetite. Whether you’re going with family or friends there is definitely something for everyone. So why not go and pay it a visit and while away a pleasant evening in this beautiful and historic part of Zurich?

burrata

Restaurant Münsterhof

Münsterhof 6

8001 Zurich

Tel: 044 262 33 00

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays.

View map here.

For more information please visit the Restaurant Münsterhof website here.

The Münsterhof Zurich

 

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All photos taken on Olympus OMD EM10

We were invited to the restaurant but all views are entirely our own.

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