Delicious Peruvian Cuisine at Restaurant Puente Zurich
*** New Restaurant in Zurich ***
Püente Restaurant is a great new restaurant in Zurich just a stone’s throw from the Museum Für Gestaltung and about 10 minutes walk from Zurich HB. The building with its bright purple light was formerly a pizza restaurant but is now home to something a little more exotic. Opened just a few months ago by Paulo Timoteo and his wife, Lorena Olmo, the restaurant serves Peruvian cuisine with Spanish and Asian influences. The colour purple is very much in evidence here and the theme is continued inside the restaurant with the walls and the lights. And you might just notice a few reflections of purple in the photos too! Taking centre stage in the middle of the restaurant is an open kitchen where all the action takes place.
Modern Peruvian Cuisine in Zurich
There are not many restaurants in Zurich serving Peruvian cuisine, so it is a great addition to Zurich’s food scene. Paulo has worked all over the world in many fine dining restaurants and is excited to be bringing this cuisine to Switzerland. It is colourful, tasty, sometimes spicy and very fresh and delicious. The food is presented in beautiful large bowls which are designed for sharing.
Colourful Pisco Cocktails
To begin with we choose from a selection of cocktails based on the famous Peruvian national drink Pisco.
Not only are they colourful but quite delicious too!
Just before the starters arrived we were brought a platter of home made breads, still warm from the oven. I really liked this touch as warm bread makes such a difference 🙂 They were all really good (my favourite was the potato bread) and were accompanied by a dark cream butter made of olives.
For starters we had Ceviche Classico which arrived at the table with a stunning centre piece of a crispy corn cracker, decorated with dots of sweet potato mousse.
We were advised to break the cracker into the ceviche and mix it together. This results in a great combination of crunchiness and creaminess along with the gentle acidity of the fish.
We also tried the Tiradito de Salmon, finely sliced salmon served with a yellow chilli sauce. It was really fresh and delicious and full of flavour.
Paulo then surprised by bringing us a plate of Empanadilla Tusan, homemade dumplings filled with Peruvian spicy chicken in a cream sauce, which again were really tasty.
Peruvian Main Courses
We had Pulpo Anticuchero, grilled Pulpo Nikkei style and Los Mofletes, beef cheeks in Massaman curry for our main courses.
I am a big octopus fan and this was really delicious with a slightly smoky finish. It was served with with manioc puree and the flavours were great.
The massaman curry was deep and rich and was served with a rather spectacular grilled carrot (which was amazing!) and rice.
The beef cheeks were delicious and were extremely tender having been braised for hours.
There’s a choice of Lucuma fruit or Pudin de Chocolate for dessert and we shared the milk chocolate pudding which had a very delicate chocolate flavour with a texture a little reminiscent of blancmange. However, for me, it was the the savoury dishes, with their powerful, intense flavours which were my favourites.
A Fiery Kitchen Delivering Wonderful Flavours
Paulo cooks on his open charcoal grill with a fiery wok in his kitchen, which helps create some great flavours. As a result he told me that this month, (December 2020), he is installing a more powerful extraction unit in the kitchen. The menu is relatively small but everything on it is cooked to perfection and great attention was paid to presentation and to the taste. You can really feel the effort put into each and every one of the dishes.
It is clear to see that Paulo is passionate about we really enjoyed the flavours, the colour and the combinations. The tastes were really exciting and fresh and it was a perfect culinary experience. Although, it has only been open a short while it is already proving very popular and as it is quite small, there are two seatings every evening. We arrived early at 6pm to take photos without too many people in them, but it soon filled up and was buzzing. It’s a wonderful restaurant and we will definitely be back!
Address: Püente Baumgasse 10 8005 Zürich
Tel: 044 869 00 00
Prices: Starters – CHF 18 to CHF 22, Mains – CHF 29 to CHF 34, Desserts – CHF 10 – 14
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