Friday, July 10, 2009

Restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz, Basel

We went to the Restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz on the recommendation of the Basel official tourism website. The restaurant is divided into 2 storeys; the lower floor houses the traditional brasserie (more casual and serving traditional Swiss food) and the top floor houses the "au premier" restaurant. With the Euro 2008 football fans in town, we opted for the restaurant for a quieter and more refined atmosphere.

Bro went for the 3 course menu (for Fr. 39.50) with entree, meat and dessert (sorry, no photo of dessert).

Bro's entree "Vitello Tonnato" - thinly sliced cold roast veal, topped with tuna pate, sardine fillet and caper garnish. He wasn't too impressed with this dish, he said it tasted like ham and the sardine fillet was like a giant anchovy. *lol*

His main course - grilled US fillet steak with béarnaise sauce, vegetable garnish and pommes croquettes. The beef was cooked well, but the sauce wasn't to his liking.

Hubby and I ordered from the a'la carte menu. Hubby had the tomato salad with mozzarella, olive oil and fresh basil for his starter (Fr. 16). No complains from Hubby. I nicked some of his salad.

For main course, Hubby had the "Crevettes géantes à l’indienne" (King prawns sautéed with sweet pepper strips and a spicy curry sauce served on layered vegetable rice)(Fr.34). The prawns were big and juicy, but my main course was wayyy nicer.

What did I have? I ordered from their 'special asparagus menu'. (seasonal)
Grilled scallops and king prawn served on a bed of julienned carrots and side of spargel. Scallops were really juicy (see what I mean by chefs being really stingy their scallop portions!)(Fr.36). It was delicious! Best dish of the day.

Opening hours: Lunch (11.30 - 14.30) and dinner (17.30 - 24.00)
Comfort: Nice relaxed atmosphere.
Service: Good.
Price: Quite pricey for lunch.
Food: 3.5/5. Mine was good.
Location: Restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz, Barfüsserplatz 10, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

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