I love meat. After having been a vegetarian for over 7 years, one day I decided, I can’t do this anymore, I was born a meat eater and will die as one.
I have nothing against vegetarian food, but many times in the US and Peru, I found it bland compared to meat or fish dishes. As someone that loves to cook for meat and non-meat eaters, I wanted to challenge this. When I learned that Zurich had the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe and also one of the most respected ones in the city, I had to try it.
Forget vegetarian or bland, it is fantastic. Indian curry, Lebanese hummus, Moroccan chickpea stew, Swiss Rosti, all foreigners to each other, but blended perfectly in the famous Hiltl buffet. This is not a place for vegetarians, but for food lovers.
You can also order a la carte dishes from pastas to Thai curries to classics gone veggie like burgers or beef tatar both surprisingly equal in texture and flavour compared to its originals following a secret recipe and a blend of spices. For those interested in cooking, this is a chance to open your mind to the delicious power certain fruits, veggies and grains have versus beef, poultry and seafood.
I might never be able to survive long without a good old steak or a grilled fish. However, the Hiltl continues to fascinate my taste buds and please my body when in need of a refreshing break from the carnivorous world.