Zurich, 27th of september 2017
Yes, we have something to celebrate, so this time we chose to go celebrate at Sala of Tokyo. The restaurant opened in 1981, which makes it the first Japanese restaurant in Switzerland. A couple of years ago though, there was a change in owners and the building was freshly renovated. We admit, we didn't get to witness the "before". However, it's with great expectations that we venture into this 16 Gault-Millau points establishment.
We decide to skip the popular Kaiseki Menu, for which Sala of Tokyo is known, as a few of the à la Carte dishes have caught our eye :
Of course, we can't forgo our favourite drink "Umeshu" (plum wine), as well as an after-work Kirin beer and a cup of matcha tea to round off the evening.
To our delight, Sala of Tokyo's sashimi is about the freshest we have tasted in the Zurich region. The octopus with avocado salad is pleasantly crisp and the wasabi dressing is subtle. The warm charcoaled aubergine melts like butter on your tongue. The shiitake mushrooms with the light ponzu sauce also warrants full points. The only damper were the shortly grilled tuna pieces, which were clearly too dry. The, at the table, freshly prepared matcha tea was a nice ending to our evening.
We really appreciated the authenticity, with the vibrant "Irasshaimase" with which we were greeted the moment we stepped into the cosy establishment, as well as the other guests, with which we were quickly deep in enthralling conversation. Unfortunately, the service wasn't up to standard and a little too reactive. As our choice of dishes included quite a few vegetables, we were very positively surprised at the low three-digit bill. A few of the dishes, especially the aubergines were a sensory highlight and definitely invited to try other dishes. We have definitely not visited Sala of Tokyo for the last time - and would favour sitting in the front room with its dark wooden panels instead of the more sparse back room. To another 46 years of Sala of Tokyo !
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