What was formerly an Alpine-style ski hut (don’t ask…) now houses El Luchador, a Mexican-themed bar and restaurant. El Luchador is the brainchild of Patrick (also at the helm at La Catrina), who had spent his formative years in Mexico and felt it was time to offer authentic food from that part of the world in Zurich. Hence a distinct lack of Tex-Mex fare: El Luchador is all about tacos and a décor boasting masked wrestlers (or luchadores, as they are known in Spanish).
While I cannot comment on the food’s authenticity (having never made it to Mexico), if the throngs of homesick Latin Americans visiting El Luchador are anything to go by, this is the real thing. More importantly, everything I’ve eaten there has been delicious, especially the fresh, slightly spicy guacamole and the meaty tacos al pastor (with pork).
The absolute highlight is the ceviche, raw fish marinated in lemon juice. The fish is sustainably sourced and MSC-certified, which somehow makes it taste even better.
Evenings are usually busy, so you’re advised to book or pop in at lunchtime for El Luchador’s special taco deal (starting from CHF 17.50).
You’re still curious about the ski hut? All I can say is that the transformation from mountain abode to Latin cantina has been thorough, bar for the toilets that have retained an authentically Swiss alpine feel. There’s nothing quite like staying true to your roots.