Christoph Gysi transformed an old vegetable market into this
iconic restaurant, bar and organic food shop in 1998, creating a Zürich
institution that’s stood the test of time. A typical Kreis 5 sort of place – industrial
provenance, tucked away location, laid back, local crowd of media types – the small
entrance opens into a chaotic homage to the South France and sometime biography
of the Francophile Christoph.
French memorabilia adorns the walls, from a large
Peugeot sign behind the bar to Ricard posters along one wall, old bicycles on
the walls and, bien sur, the menu,
which is Mediterranean with a strong French influence. Moules frites, served in 3 different ways, is a Les Halles classic,
with 50 kilos of mussels per day disappearing into the pot and the delicious
beef tartare is also immensely
popular, all washed down with a bottle of wine from the unusual selection
behind the bar.
There is no table service, order drinks at the bar and food
from the food counter. Low key cool.