As I was walking from the old town to Natürlich I almost went past it because there was no big sign with a name on it. The exterior is very chic and French.
And on small acrylic signs on the right of the door is the name, menu, opening times & a Gault & Millau 2023 plaque. Natürlich is also listed in the Michelin Guide. It’s so very subdued that I literally missed them. I peer inside and see the head of my friends which was the only indication I was in the correct restaurant. It’s definitely not a restaurant screaming for attention and it’s a place that only people in the know (or like us, found it on Bib Gourmand) would trek to since it’s not on the busy side or old town.
As I came in, a man patiently waited for me to untangle myself from my coat & my massive scarf that have come tangled due to the strong winds as I walked from the old town. I love the greenery that floated on top of the diners that brought a splash of nature into the subdued elegant space.
The bar was compact and had the same splashes of nature with some very interesting glass bird sculptures.
An open kitchen is very rare to see and it was so very clean and organized. I could just imagine the thoughtfulness & exactness that our food was prepared to have such a spotless kitchen.
This is the special Chef’s table right across the open kitchen for those who opt for a more special experience of Natürlich.
THE MENU & SETTING
The tables are carefully set with wineglasses, forks & knives on cutlery rests and interesting upcycled glasses made of the bottom of wine bottles – which I adored.
They have us a short seasonal menu & an extensive wine list. We opted for the MEAL OF THE DAY which is salad + a secret pork dish.
Still & sparkling water in reusable bottles + Swiss Kola made with wild cola nuts & fairtrade vanilla. Now that’s fancy cola!
I had a glass of their red wine that’s grown and made in Geneva. I love trying local wine & Swiss wine has been a revelation to me. It’s not famous internationally because it’s all drunk locally. This was was a particularly delicious red.
The homemade focaccia with the small batch, handmade butter was eye-rollingly good.
The perfectly dressed salad was simple but delicious to the last leaf.
We enjoyed the cold cuts platter immensely. Each cut was delicious & came with pickled vegetables.
When the secret pork arrived with sweet blanched pak choi, arrived and we took our first bites there was a unison of foodgasmic delight. The pork was so tender & flavorful especially with the mustard sauce.
I asked for an espresso with a dash of milk and they served it in these cute handle-free espresso cups and the milk in a miniature milk jug!
A friend had the financier coco, kumquats & buffalo fior di latte ice cream. I tried the ice cream and it was indeed yummy.
I had the Bonet with cocoa, coffee and amaretto & it’s great for dark chocolate lovers. It melts in your mouth.
Definitely a place to take someone you want to impress and for lovers of fine food. I highly recommend!