From weary pilgrims to today’s more secular diners, the Kindli has provided succour for hungry Zürchers since 1474. Whilst the exterior is pure ‘olde worlde’ charm, the interior is pure old school elegance, with crisp white tablecloths, flickering candlelight and the patina of venerable dark wood.
Elegant, but by no means fusty, the room is punctuated with black and white photos from Hanny Fries and simple arrangements of jewel-coloured roses. The menu is more inventive than the Kindli’s traditional mien would imply. Embracing Switzerland, Italy and France, it blends European cuisine with some international influences. Tender simmered beef comes with creamy spinach and horseradish, perfectly grilled catch of the day is served on a bed of lemon potatoes and samphire and the homemade pasta is delicately flavoured. All perfectly cooked and served with a smile.
A comfortable, elegant haven next to the adjoining hotel of the same name, Kindli is warmly welcoming in winter and has some charming outdoor tables for al fresco dining in summer.