26 December 2014
The upside to eating in most restaurants belonging to Hotels in Zurich is the fact that one knows they are always open. Especially with Sunday and Mondays, special eating hours (12-14 for Lunch) and kitchens closing at 22.00, for anyone with a cosmopolitan attitude to eating this can be annoying at times. Choosing a Hotel Restaurant, one is sure to avoid this issue. The downside, however, I find that, in Zurich, most restaurants belonging to the Hotels badly lack athmosphere. Theres the empty, businessy air of business travelling guests eating dinner alone, no music, to few people even on the normally busy weekend nights.
Also I find that in (especially 5 star) Hotels the service can be somewhat stiff, overly polite and humourless - which I don't enjoy actually very much - at all.
Zurich has received now however one new HUGE exception of a Hotel Restaurant that simply oozes charme, even from the outside, with huge Windows giving view to a cozy interior, where wooden tables are set up in a bench like arrangement opposite a huge glassy service and display counter showing off a variety of meats, charcuterie, sauces & sweets that make ones mouth water already when walking in with that empty stomach. The greeting of the host Angela Fahs, is warm and welcoming, the athmosphere is lively but not too loud. Au-Gust - at the taste - Taste is priority - quality, heartful food in an uncomplicated fashion.
The Menu is versatile, offering breaktfast, lunchmenu and dinner - daily offers and seasonal specials. I definately recommend to try the charcuterie and meaty mains. My highlight on the Menu is the Guggeli (whole roasted chicken in a basket) on Sundays special - which is perfect for enjoying a nice sunday late lunch with friends.
Au-Gust embodies a contemporary, luxurious and stylish interpretation of a butchers shop. The design inspirations are not coincidental: Au-Gust as well as the Widder Hotel belong to Zurichs Butcher's Guild. Coming to this place therefore, you do not only enjoy a swiss culinary experience, you experience a piece uf Zurich's history as well.
I tried the plate of charcuterie, truffled carpaccio and deer ragout. Can't wait to come back for the dessert!
Enter & Enjoy :)au-gust.ch