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!
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!
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!