Among the most renown culinary landmarks of Zurich, there is for sure Hiltl, a beautiful vegetarian restaurant in the center of the city (they say it holds the guinness world records for being the oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the World) , at a few minutes walk from the train station. It is famous for its rich and colorful buffet but offers a menu á la carte as well.
The buffet is a mix of different cultures and traditions for it includes dishes from Italian, Indian, Mexican and many other cuisines.
My personal favorites are dahl, guacamole and calzoni.
To finish the meal with a touch of sweetness, there is also a good choice of desserts: the pineapple crumble is amazing! The soy chocolate mousse is perfect for the lactose intolerants.
Customers can arrange and weight their own dishes, and pay later, at the end of the meal, comfortably sit at the table (credit cards accepted, of course). And the buffet becomes an “all you can eat” for just 57 CHF. For the high quality and flavor, I think, a meal at Hiltl comes definitely at a very fair price.
Hiltl is really perfect for a fancy girlfriends’ night out (like in my case) or a glamourous but sober business meeting: the rooms are elegantly decorated, with sparkling lamps and mirrors, and offer both quietness and intimacy for a good chat (if you reserve a good table, of course) or occasions for social contacts in huge long tables to share.
Next time I will try one of their famous cocktails or juices: they say they are a blast!