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When you visit a pop-up, which doesn’t exist anymore – and have a splendid evening: Restaurant Kokoro (2. February 2024)

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Back in October last year, when I had booked a table for the pop-up restaurant ‘Ichi Geki’, I was already surprised that you could book a pop-up for like more than 3 months in advance. But, firstly, there are such pop-ups, secondly, I had gotten a reminder text from the system 48 hours before the reservation about the booking. Hence, I was quite excited, to be then rather disappointed to find out that this should not have been possible and that the pop-up had only been open for two weeks back in October.

Given the pop-up had happened in the Kokoro and one of the waitresses, who had worked for the pop-up back then, felt terrible about this, she made sure we would get a table anyway and that we would have a memorable experience. She said she’d take care of all the orders and started with “spicy edamame (spicy cooked soybeans)” (CHF 9.50), which were – admittedly – among the very best edamame I have tried in my life.

Next in line was the “Kani Cream (crab cream croquettes)” (CHF 20.00), which were quite decent. But given we were a group of 4, it felt like 6 pieces weren’t the optimal choice.

The “Gyû Tataki (fine slices of beef fillet, briefly fried, served on a bed of lettuce, with a fine sauce)” (CHF 28.00) were nice as well. Personally, I found it a bit too expensive for the amount of meat you get, but other than that, it was nice.

She really outdid herself with the sushi selection, which consisted of a variety of selected dishes arranged on one plate, i.e., the “spicy thuna crunch” (CHF 25.50), “dragon rolls” (CHF 26.50), “salmon aburi roll” (CHF 26.50), “fried kinpira cheese roll” (CHF 24.50) as well as the “sashimi tuna & salmon” (CHF 30.00). Frankly, all of it was great. I mean, not the absolutely ultimately best fish I’ve tried in my life, but the sushi was all great in terms of flavour and taste.

We even were a tiny bit hungry after that and went for the “rainbow roll” (CHF 25.50), which was decent as well.

Despite the fact that I’m not a big fan of deserts, I must admit that the “yuzu cheesecake” (CHF 14.00) was tasty, and – to my superb surprise – the …

… “chocolate cake” (CHF 14.00) was even better. I’m really not a fan of chocolate – as frequent readers will know – but this one was something else! Definitely worth trying, when you’re dining here.

The only thing, which I found a bit surprising, was the fact that the waitress had not informed us about the price of the dishes she had picked. I mean, sure, it was all super fine for Zurich standards, and the experience itself was marvellous, but I found it a bit surprising that there was no information provided – until we asked for the check – what it costs. Someone a bit more price sensitive when it comes to food might definitely have found it as too expensive.


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Restaurant Kokoro

Neufrankengasse 25

8004 Zürich (CH)

Tel.: +41 44 241 37 37

Homepage: http://www.kokoro-restaurant.ch

About the Author:

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.
CHF 360.00 (incl. tip) Filed in: Restaurants, Zürich (CH)

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