What was formerly an Alpine-style ski hut (don’t ask…) now houses El Luchador, a Mexico-themed bar and restaurant. El Luchador is the brainchild of Patrick, who spent his formative years in Mexico and felt it was time to offer authentic food from that part of the world in Zurich. Don’t even think about ordering Tex-Mex fare here: El Luchador is all about tacos and a décor boasting masked wrestlers or luchadores, as they are known in Spanish.
Having never made it to Mexico, I can’t comment on the food’s authenticity, but if the throngs of homesick Latin American punters are anything to go by, this is the real thing. More importantly, everything I’ve eaten here has been delicious, especially the fresh, slightly spicy guacamole and the carnitas (pork and avocado tacos). Another 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.
El Luchador is usually busy so I’d advise you to book a table.
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 which have retained an authentically Swiss alpine feel. There’s nothing quite like staying true to your roots.