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A PhD Student at University of Chicago who loves discovering the world and trying new eats! Hope you enjoy!

Restaurant Schipfe 16

Restaurant Schipfe 16

DSCF3929 Restaurant Schipfe 16
DSCF3929 Restaurant Schipfe 16

Restaurant Schipfe 16 is a restaurant recommended by Rick Steves’ Switzerland (a travel “bible”) so I just had to go.  It was a drizzling day, and I was relieved when I found this eatery overlooking the Limmat River (Figure 1).  I walked inside to a bustling room that was pretty much filled.  I asked the host if I could sit, and he asked if I had a reservation in return.  With my negative answer, he said that he will see what he could do.  After a sweeping look over the room, he led me to a table that could seat four people, but there were already three people sitting there… And that is where I sat for lunch, somewhat awkwardly.  Oh the perks of traveling alone.

There is only a German menu, and the waiters do not speak English.  However, Frederick, the host was able to translate the menu for me.  I ended up choosing the veal meatballs paired with a glass of Riesling.  After waiting a couple minutes, my smiling waitress brought up an unexpected yet delightful salad with a wide selection of fresh vegetables (Figure 2), a healthy start to my lunch!

DSCF3931 Salad
DSCF3931 Salad

The main dish looked amazing, with veal meatballs doused in a chili sauce over perfectly cooked couscous (Figure 3).  The meatballs were seasoned with a mix of herbs, and the chili sauce really gave the entire dish a kick.  This was definitely a phenomenal meal, not to mention how stuffed I was after!

DSCF3932 Veal Meatballs with chilisauce on top of couscous
DSCF3932 Veal Meatballs with chilisauce on top of couscous

As I was walking out the door, I spoke to Frederick, who enlightened me about the values the restaurant is built upon.  Basically, everyone working in the restaurant had had a tough time getting employment, whether it is because they were ex-cons, immigrants, ex-junkies, etc..  Thus, Restaurant Schipfe 16 employs them to provide them with an opportunity to learn a useful skill and make a living– what an awesome concept that should be applied more throughout the world.

Frederick went out of his way to provide me with a seat, even though it was not optimal.  The food was amazing, and the entire basis of this restaurant is a wonderful cause!  With that, this is my first post with a full evolutionary "history"!

Tip:  Make a reservation!!!  It was jam-packed on a Tuesday at 1pm, so it is important to do so!

A rainy day in the Swiss capital

A rainy day in the Swiss capital