Market Grill

A few months earlier, I had written about my visit to Meat Smith, the sister restaurant of Market Grill. Though Market Grill has been around for much longer, I have yet to visit the place till now. My first impressions of the place when I walked in was that the concept seemed very similar to Meat Smith. The menu also focused heavily on grilled meats, though Market Grill does offer a seafood section (notably lobster) that stands out. The emphasis here seems to be on the different cuts of the cow and the vibe seems a little more relaxed than Meat Smith (just a little). Continue reading

Zurich: Restaurant Die Waid

For a really busy city, Zurich does not have many high rise buildings that give you a really good overview of the city. One option is to head to Prime Tower, where I had a drink at their roof top bar during my first night in Zurich. Another, is to head to Restaurant Die Waid which is located higher up in the hills and gives quite the stunning overview over the city, especially at sunset. Continue reading

Zurich: Confiserie Café Sprüngli

When I was in Bern, I chanced upon this mini museum that showcased a series of items that were all created or had their origins in Switzerland. For example, aluminium foil was created in Switzerland! So, one of the listed Swiss original creations was the Luxemburgerlis. On first sight, it looks like a macaron. Hence, my first reaction was a “No way!” Continue reading

Hamburg: Zum Alten Lotsenhaus

On my last night in Hamburg, J and I walked to this restaurant near her house to have another of Hamburg’s local specialties: sole with north sea shrimps. It was a beautiful evening, it had been a cloudless day and it was still pretty warm even though the sun was setting. The restaurant is located pretty near the ferry station Neumühlen which connected residents of the area all the way to Landungsbrücken Brücke 3 in the city. Continue reading

Hamburg: Alt Hamburger Aalspeicher

During my research on places to eat in Hamburg, Alt Hamburger Aalspeicher kept popping up as a recommended place to have Hamburg specialties, in particular, eel. In general, being so near the sea, Hamburg is well known for its seafood like white fish, shrimps and eel. At first, I was not really sure on how to get to this restaurant. I did not have 3G in Hamburg which made navigating a little tougher, especially on tourist maps. However, during my walking tour, we actually walked right past this restaurant and I recognized the exterior from the millions of pictures that I had seen during my research. The location turned out to be really convenient too! It is actually located just across the bridge leading to Hafen city and the old warehouses (where the Hamburg dungeons and miniature museum is) and it was the perfect lunch place while waiting for my turn to be allowed into the museum. Continue reading


And now we’re on to Hamburg! So I didn’t spend my entire two weeks in Europe in Switzerland (though I would not have minded so much). I made plans to visit a friend in Hamburg (which is only a short plane ride away). It was my first time to the city and I really enjoyed myself ALOT. Hamburg has a nice mix of old and new and despite the grey weather, it is quite an exciting city to be in.  Continue reading

Zurich: Zeughauskeller

Zeughauskeller is a very well known Swiss beer hall among locals and tourists. It is so well-known that the restaurant is smart enough to have menus in several languages for its many visitors. I had the chance to eat here after my day trip to Bern with Iz. We were quite lucky because even though we were without reservations, we were able to get a table after about a 30 minute wait.  Continue reading