As soon as it even vaguely looks like it'll be warm enough, the hip deck-shoe crowd drives, runs, cycles, or even sails to one of the best places on the lake. It not only has its own dock, it is its own dock, jutting far out and offering fabulous views. The food isn't bad either: seasonal ingredients make the difference for dishes such as beef tournedos with matchstick-thin french fries, or spaghetti with lobster. Sunglasses required.
Jul 31, 2008
The title of this review is inspired by the over-inflated lips of the manager of the Seerose Restaurant. While the manager's wrinkle free appearance may compliment the gorgeous surroundings of the Seerose and indeed many of the beautiful people who gather at this restaurant, what comes out of those inflated lips is far from pretty. Twice I have dined at this restaurant and both times the manager has been incredibly rude. Appearances and the smoothing
out of wrinkles are most definitely deceiving and this is a lesson well taught after an evening at the Seerose. On my second trip to the Seerose our reservation, which had been made a week in advance, was not to be found. After being accused of not having made a reservation, we actually spotted it for ourselves on the reservation list. Perhaps this was a case of a certain someone not being able to see over their inflated mouth piece. Next we were seated, menus promptly distributed and our orders taken. Written in French and German, the menu held great promise. Alas, what was deliver could only be described as woeful. The salads were lettuce leaves served with zero imagination, my starter of avocado and shrimps heavily doused in cocktail sauce was obviously the chef's tribute to the 1980s - large and tasteless. Next the main courses. I must concede that a fine job was done for those that had ordered the steak. I had the main vegetarian dish. This turned out to be a major mistake with a plate of boiled vegetables and partially melted brie being placed before me. Under normal circumstances I would have returned such a miserable plate of food. However, having waited an entire ninety minutes for our main courses, the Seerose had managed to transfer myself into such an exhausted state that I did indeed eat those sad and lonely veggies. As compensation for a meal that in the end took four hours, we were given deserts and coffees for free. Sadly, this was not the treat we thought it would be. Slabs of chocolate cake and bucketfuls of chocolate mouse that would have been useful material for any construction worker were dished up. The super sized portions were not at all matched by large flavous. Go to the Seerose for the glorious view, to be seated right next to the lake, and to catch a glimpse of the well-to-do in Zurich. Don't go to the Seerose if you are at all interested in food, are looking for a cullinary treat, and are someone who appreciates polite and respectable service.