We were invited to a 5-course gourmet dinner and to stay a night at the Hotel Swiss in the town of Kreuzlingen near Lake Constance. The Hotel Swiss is the first and only 100% vegan hotel in Switzerland. This applies to the food as well as the textiles and the personal care products in the bathrooms. On Friday evening, the operator and top chef Raphael Lüthy and his team offer the mentioned 5-course gourmet dinner, where individual courses can also be ordered. We were curious of we could expect.
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Since we are often travel between our home in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and the rest of Switzerland by train, we are regularly at the Olten train station. When we recently went to Basel for an exciting portrait article (more on this coming soon), we decided to include a stopover in the Bioland Olten at lunch time. This restaurant, which is an organic health food store as well as an organic restaurant, is located directly next to the train station. I already knew about the high quality of the products and the lunch meals sounded so delicious that I always wanted to try one. My positive expectations were even exceeded.
We already know the organic restaurant Bacio, located in the heart of Basel for a long time. Since we had totally positive memories, the Ayurvedic cuisine currently particularly interestes us and we were in Basel anyway to get to know Melanie Gerber and to make a Portrait of her, it was obvious to go there again. We spent a wonderful evening with great conversations and tasty food.
The Gärtnerei is a healthy fast-food restaurant chain, which has 3 more locations in Zurich as well as the location in Bern. They combine sustainability and enjoyment, with the demand for quick meals. Their attention to sustainability also shows with the packaging and the delivery service, which delivers by bicycles. Soups, salads and sandwiches can be eaten there all day, and warm bowls from 6 pm.
Tibits is a vegetarian organic restaurant chain, with six restaurants in Switzerland and one in London. It was founded by three Frei brothers and the Hiltl family, which operates Haus Hiltl in Zurich. Here you serve yourself from a buffet and you pay by weight.
Lisa and I are regularly here for a dinner with friends, an after work beer, a take-away sandwich or just for a dessert. After visiting almost all Tibits restaurants in Switzerland we decided that it was finally time to report about our experiences.
The 3dosha is an Ayurveda all-rounder, who offers not only a delicious organic restaurant, but also a resort, massages, cooking courses and a shop. We visited the restaurant last month, where on the day of our visit everything expect the yogurt was purely plant-based and vegan.
In the evening, the 3dosha surprises with a seasonal all you can eat buffet, which can also be enjoyed as a take-away menu.
I couldn’t miss this as a buffet lover.
As a part of our monthly ritual to visit a new (unvisited) organic restaurant each month, we visited the Le Fraisier in Lausanne last Friday. The restaurant has just newly been offering a dinner menu additional to their usual lunch menu. We didn’t inform ourselves that much about the restaurant before going there. We had no clue what would await us there.
Last month we visited the “O bolles” near Bern’s main station, in search of a new (not yet visited) organic restaurant in the area of Neuchâtel. As part of our soon 1 year old tradition – visiting a new Swiss organic restaurant every week – we decided that for the month of April we would want to visit a restaurant that is easily accessible through public transportation. O bolles in Bern was perfect for this.
Surprisingly the O bolles has a really small menu. Yet it seems that nothing is missing. There is a big mirror in the restaurant on which the cooks write the days menus in the morning. We called before going there to make sure that there will also be a plant-based/vegan alternative.