Decent place in the heart of the Old Town which feels like a typical wine hall (reminds me of the ones in Paris) to grab a nice Spanish house wine/Sangria with an assortment of tapas. Great place to come with a few friends when you want to snack but not indulge in a gluttonous pig fest. Our intestines were still suffering from the overdose of cheesy sticky spicy Korean food from the night before, so this place hit the spot.
Don't order the tapas from the tourist menu - typically this is a really big brown covered menu book which does not list the tapas for CHF 5-6/plate. When in doubt just ask and speaking in Spanish is a bonus (mira mira, Hablo Español!). Of course with my Asian-ish look here in Zurich, they gave me the big old tourist menu and the mixed group of us just laughed it off. I'm not even sure if they have a real tapas menu (listing items of CHF 5-6/plate) so just ask to look or tell you what they have.
Tapas come with sliced bread and are all pretty decent, but I take liking to the chorizo and pulpo (they don't always have it though).
***My biggest pet peeve is this place is ALWAYS VERY WARM, in the winter and in the summer. I love being exposed to colder temperatures, so I'm not a huge fan of staying here too long when I am here.***
Munstergasse 15, Old Town
Very good tapas; can see them all in the display cases; 5.60 CHF each
Wines by the glass
Offer comidas (large lunches)
Friendly food service
My first meal in Zurich!
Tapas was the perfect choice as it was just what I needed to refuel... but still let me save room in my stomach for all of the eating I would be doing on the rest of my trip!
We sat in the downstairs tavern where it's dark & rustic, and we shared an assortment of tapas including meatballs, fried potato balls, chicken skewers, and mussels. They were all equally tasty, and I can't say that I liked one more than another. However, the tapas are all pre-made on display, and they are reheated once you order them. Not a big deal to me, but that may be a turn-off to some people.
Our waitress spoke German with a crazy Spanish accent, and service was a bit on the slow side... but it allowed us to relax, enjoy our meal, and people-watch and they strolled by in the Niederdorf!
Solid tapas in a cozy environment. We shared a great bottle of Rioja and several tapas plates. They also had a selection of larger plates, but after a large (and expensive) lunch, we opted for the small plates. The octupus nd white anchovies were excellent, as were the chorizo and potatoes. I didn't care for the meatballs, but my husband liked them. Very friendly service.
In central Zurich, you would think food was rare, for the price it commands. The Bodega is not cheap, but you can eat there for a less than in many places. The Tapas are OK measured against Swiss Tapas, they wouldn't score more than average in Spain - the microwave features strongly here. For all that, the place is redolent with atmosphere and well worth visiting if you are in the area.
Small, crowed bar. Great tapas, wine. What else you wish?
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