May 11, 2018
This legendary restaurant and bar has a history (and an art collection) as storied if admittedly not quite as extensive – as the Louvre. With a history dating back to 1862, this gorgeous old building has been a stalwart of the Zurich scene ever since it opened. Many great writers, composers and dancers have whiled away the hours here, including names such as Strauss, Brecht, Joyce and Nureyev, to mention but a few, while work by Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Matisse is on display in the halls. Over the years the clientele has been drawn less to the unfussy European food as to the venerable atmosphere and intellectual chat. The brasserie is light and airy during the day and lit by chandeliers at night, letting you dine while surrounded by works of art in a charmingly old world setting. The wood panelled Chagall Room is perfect for more formal meals while the grand banquet hall is a popular spot for celebrations. We most like the Art Deco bar, with its curved wooden ceilings and walls it’s a work of art in itself. The curved green banquettes are great for lounging while you sip a glass of wine, and look out for the ornate brass lamps designed by the Giacometti brothers. The extensive cocktail list is heavy on the classics though with a few nice surprises in keeping with the artistic theme we’d order a Creativity, which mixes Bourbon, ginger ale and Grand Marnier, or fans of fizz should go for the eponymous Kronenhall Royal, which mixes champagne, Grand Marnier, Crßme de Cassis and Angostura to great effect.