May 11, 2018
Blaue Ente isn’t in the centre of town but classy and cool enough for you to make the effort to get to. (It’s actually located pretty near the Tiefenbrunnen railway station and Wildbachstrasse tram stop, and even has a nearby landing stage for those who wish to travel by boat). A top restaurant in a converted 300-year-old mill on the banks of Lake Zurich, this is a chic, stylish space that is elegantly done out in a contemporary style that nevertheless remains sympathetic to its roots. In the restaurant, for example, the white-lined covered tables sit next to huge machinery parts old generators that recall the building’s working history while some of the original sandstone walls remain visible and pipework runs the length of the ceilings. The daily changing menu specialises in contemporary dishes and brasserie classics, with sample dishes including confit duck and crayfish in champagne, accompanied by a cool beer or a glass of wine chosen from an extensive and thoughtful selection. But if you just fancy a tipple, just head to the adjoining bar, where a cultured, moneyed crowd of yuppies and artists discuss the pressing issue of the day over whiskeys and brandy in expensive looking leather seats. It’s a hi-tech glass and chrome locale with great views and there’s a gorgeous, tree-lined outdoor space to take advantage of the fine weather. Blaue Ente means Blue Duck – you might get to see one flapping over the lake if you drink enough of their Jameson. Note, both bar and restaurant are closed Sundays.