Author Archive: Sven

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org.
Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.

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When the inflight experience is great – but dishes are weak: SWISS Business Flight LX161 NRT – ZRH (19. March 2020)

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When the inflight experience is great – but dishes are weak: SWISS Business Flight LX161 NRT – ZRH (19. March 2020)

Due to a short notice rebooking, there was no more First class availability so the 12 hours return flight had to be done in Business. And it’s still a very good experience but not comparable to one cabin class higher. The “dried beef with Parmesan and toasted pine nuts, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes served […]

| April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
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When airport restaurant food is much better than expected: Restaurant Oasis @ Narita Tobu Airport Hotel (18. March 2020)

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When airport restaurant food is much better than expected: Restaurant Oasis @ Narita Tobu Airport Hotel (18. March 2020)

Given I had to rebook my return to Switzerland due to the Coronavirus (honestly, fuck you, virus!) and fly two weeks earlier, I was forced to stay at a hotel close to the airport and picked the Narita Tobu Airport Hotel which was surprisingly much better than expected. And the same applies to the restaurant […]

| April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments
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Good but not as good as TripAdvisor makes you believe: Restaurant Kitaroya Sushi (18. March 2020)

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Good but not as good as TripAdvisor makes you believe: Restaurant Kitaroya Sushi (18. March 2020)

If you are close to the castle in Kyoto, the Kitaroya Sushi is a great opportunity for a quick stop to have lunch. Just one warning ahead – the place is actually a takeaway so you can get something to eat at home (or outside) but it has about 5 seats where you can sit […]

| April 21, 2020 | 0 Comments
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A truly great meat experience – which takes its time: Restaurant Pound Steakhouse Honten (17. March 2020)

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A truly great meat experience – which takes its time: Restaurant Pound Steakhouse Honten (17. March 2020)

For the last evening in Kyoto I felt like a real piece of meat, so a ‘steakhouse’ sounded about right. The Pound has good reviews, so I was curious to see if they are actually as good as it’s said – and I can say one thing right away, I think one can say so. […]

| April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
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All things buckwheat – and especially soba noodles: Restaurant Sobanomi Yoshimura (16. March 2020)

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All things buckwheat – and especially soba noodles: Restaurant Sobanomi Yoshimura (16. March 2020)

There is a downside of not booking restaurants in advance as you will not really have a chance to dine at a Michelin starred restaurant without proper reservation ahead of time. However, it has the beauty that you’re not bound to a certain time to eat and can have late lunch at 3:30pm. That was […]

| April 19, 2020 | 0 Comments
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Just breakfast – to be eaten in a tiny setting: Breakfast Room @ Hotel Kuretakeso Hiroshima Otemachi (16. March 2020)

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Just breakfast – to be eaten in a tiny setting: Breakfast Room @ Hotel Kuretakeso Hiroshima Otemachi (16. March 2020)

When you stay at the Kuretakeso hotel you have a small place which is nice and functional. However, don’t bring a large suitcase as you won’t find any space to properly store it (unless you put it onto the bed). If you get up early enough (breakfast closes at 10:00am), you can pick from a […]

| April 17, 2020 | 0 Comments
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My first yakitori experience – and I liked it: Restaurant Yakitori No Meimon Akiyoshi (15. March 2020)

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My first yakitori experience – and I liked it: Restaurant Yakitori No Meimon Akiyoshi (15. March 2020)

Yakitori is a Japanese way of preparing food where you order food on sticks which are then prepared for you and brought to you to eat off that stick. I decided to give the whole range of things a try and went for “beef tongue” (425 Yen) to start with which was actually quite tasty. […]

| April 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
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Tasty deep fried chicken in a place you wouldn’t expect to find it: Restaurant Zipang (15. March 2020)

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Tasty deep fried chicken in a place you wouldn’t expect to find it: Restaurant Zipang (15. March 2020)

When you are on Miyajima island, there are quite a few restaurants around but not that many are rated good respectively look like they are worth trying. The Zipang (which I only found out later that it’s called that way) was one which serves nice dishes. I went for the “deep fried chicken set” (880 […]

| April 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
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