Review of Restaurant Chez Donati, Basle/Switzerland


An institution of old school fine Italian dining since 1950

After several visits to Chez Donati in the 1990s my husband and I dined here yet again and imagine, nothing has changed in the meantime! The place is an institution in Basle, for more than 65 years it has been serving traditional Italian cuisine in a high-end setting. After having been under the management of the best hotel in town, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, for some years, there will be a change in 2020. As from then, the Bindella restaurant group from Zurich will take over. Time will tell what consequences this will have for Chez Donati.


Review of Restaurant Einstein Gourmet, St. Gallen/Switzerland


Fabulous meal in one of the best dining-spots in east Switzerland

St. Gallen in the northeastern part of Switzerland may not be one of the first towns that crosses your mind when it comes to well-known places in my beautiful home country. Nevertheless, it features some sights worthwhile visiting – above all the UNESCO World Heritage listed Abbey of St. Gallen. But there are also exceptional places for lovers of


Review of Restaurant zum Schuetzen, Aarau/Switzerland


Popular, longstanding place offering Swiss classics

My recent review about a restaurant in my home region was about a country inn, now I am assessing an inn in a more urban area, Restaurant Zum Schuetzen in Aarau. In contrast to its surroundings however, this is for me an establishment that I consider as typically rural. There is traditional Swiss food on offer, the restaurant is conventionally refurbished, and it is a popular place for family gatherings – by the way

Review of Restaurant Bad Eptingen, Eptingen/Switzerland


Classic-elegant country inn with regional & Mediterranean food

I thought I knew all the places in my home region of Olten for lovers of fine dining, but I was wrong. There is one that I only discovered a few months ago, Restaurant Bad Eptingen. The reason for my ignoring this dining-spot is probably because of its location, which is a bit unsual. The point is that you


Review of Restaurant Differente, Zurich/Switzerland


Fine dining in rustic ambiance offering value for money

Zurich, one of Switzerland’s few cosmopolitan cities has a huge selection of dining-spots for every taste and you can almost always be certain of one thing: it surely costs you a fortune! One of the places that does not fit the pattern is Restaurant Differente at Hotel Krone Unterstrass. Here you


Review of Restaurant Mediterrane Leckereien, Solothurn/Switzerland


Mediterranean delicacies in the tiniest eatery in town

When eating out in my home region my husband and I opt in most cases for places around Olten (my home town) or Aarau (the nearest town), but sometimes we venture a bit further. This time, we went to Solothurn, a place that is always worth a visit as it is considered the most beautiful baroque town in Switzerland. But there are more reasons to


A California trip along the coast, fifth (and last) stop San Diego

Where to stay & eat and what to do when traveling in style

On our trip along the Californian coast from north to south my husband and I reached the last station after starting in Mendocino via San Francisco (hotels, restaurants, activities), a stop in Cambria and several ones in Greater Los Angeles. San Diego, the state’s second largest city and the so-called

A California trip along the coast, forth stop Greater Los Angeles

Where to stay & eat and what to do when traveling in style

Los Angeles is a place that is hard to grasp for a traveler. It is a virtual impossibility to leave this juggernaut of a city in no doubt that one has seen it! After 8 (!) visits to this city, beginning in the late 1980s, I did an attempt to list my personal Los Angeles highlights accumulated over the last years. I firmly believe that


Review of Restaurant Storchen la cuisine, Schoenenwerd, between Olten & Aarau/Switzerland


French cuisine with a twist – a retro approach

Restaurant la cuisine is the place at Hotel Storchen in the Swiss Mittelland where upscale French food, modernly inspired, is on offer. In the following, I will go into the re-design of this dining-spot which involves a retro approach in terms of furnishing and food: some nostalgic dishes are completed in front of the diners on a historic kitchen pass stemming from a renowned five-star hotel. In such a way, having a meal becomes a special experience. Together with an immaculate service and with good value for money, this restaurant – awarded 14 points by Gault-Millau – is one of the better places in the area to go as fine food lover.