Forget the conventions. The rules are there to be broken!
True, eating out in Switzerland is hardly disappointing – in terms of quality and cleanliness. The standard is high and consistent pretty much everywhere, even at a local hut on top of the mountain. But after a while when it becomes predictable and normalized, one can crave for surprises and out-of-the-ordinary. Josef seems to get that insight, and dares to offer us vibrant people an unconventional alternative.
Here at Josef, there are no main dishes. There is only a list of small ingenious dishes from which you can choose as many as you wish, and enjoy them one by one in the sequence you want. It is a manner of savoring delectable plethora of degustation menu, except that here at Josef you are sitting in a gastro-pub kind of ambience. It is a place with casual, cool, and unpretentious vibe that serves unmistakable palatability. Josef calls its proposition “adventures in modern cuisine.” We call it the “de-swissified dining experience.”
At a corner of Josefstrasse and Gasometerstrasse in the hip Zurich West.
As many restaurant-cum-bar diners, the light is dimmed to give a dark bar ambience but the place is full of dining tables and happy diners everyday. Stools at a long bar are just a parking spot for those waiting for a table. In summer tables on the footpath are filled up first, of course. But in winter inside is indeed vibrant and nice to hang around.
There are approximately 15 dishes and 7 desserts on the menu, which change regularly, for you to choose from. All dishes are served in small portions and Josef recommends 3 dishes for a normal appetite. It is always hard to choose only 3 out of 15. Zuri Girl loves to choose 3 or 4 and makes sure the accompanying date chooses different ones. If you are a group of 4 or 5, why not order 1 of everything (we did!). Sharing and exchanging the discoveries of palate are a tactful way to close in on intimacy, don’t you think?
The price for 2 plates is CHF 37 per person, 3 plates CHF 49, 4 plates CHF 60, and 5 plates CHF 71. There is also “Josef Menu at CHF 65 which offers a set 4 dishes of food and 1 dessert.
Josef has a full bar with an extensive drink and cocktail list. There will surely be something to top up a spice of your surprise.
Why We Love It
The concept of gastro meal without a big fuss or a big bill makes us keep going back. And of course, a rare chance to debunk the conventions in dining in Switzerland!
Zuri Girl Tip
On Thursday until Saturday Josef opens until 2 a.m. Perfect for chill-out the week’s stress.
Gasometerstrasse 24, 8005 Zurich (map)
Tel: +41 44 271 65 95 . Website
Article & Photo created by Zuri Girl Fah Panyada Ruengskul; a corporate marketeer from Bangkok who turned into a housewife-cum-entrepreneur in Zurich. Fah’s hobby is writing travel articles and gastronomy. After living in Sao Paulo for almost 3 years, she published 5 travel books of which 4 are about Latin American countries.
Her next goal is exploring the beauty and cuisine of Switzerland and Europe. Check Fah’s travel and gastronomic exploration at her blog.