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Zum Alten Löwen – Simply tasty and simply cosy

My friend suggested I check out a place that I had yet to realize was going to land its way into my top 3 restaurants in Zurich. I’m eternally grateful for the recommendation.

I love this place for a number of reasons, the food being a pretty obvious factor, of course. Aside from offering mouth-watering dishes, some rather unusual ones too, for very reasonable prices by Zurich standards, the wine selection (now presented on an iPad as well as on the wall) is delightfully extensive. The atmosphere really lends itself to sipping on indulgent wines in the company of your favourite people.

The first couple of times I was there I ordered the Tavolata, which is definitely amazing value – for CHF 55 you will be treated to an array of antipasti, sort of tapas style in their presentation, followed by two pasta dishes that lead to the finale of meat. For the quality you get, I can’t think of anywhere else that offers the same bang for your buck (and without making you feel cheap either).

The building is traditional and quaint – the wood oven that greets you as you enter gives you the impression you’re being ushered into the place with a cuddle. I look forward to indulging in hearty meals here – something to look forward to as the days shorten and my mood’s buoyancy rests heavily on what goes in my tummy.

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Details about this spot



Universitätstrasse 111, Zurich

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00 & 18:00 - 00:00, Sat 18:00 - 00:00


Tavolata: CHF 55


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)