The French Invasion is happening. The very quiet Römerhof has been getting a lot of weekend and daylight buzz courtesy of Le Pain Quotidienne (granted, that is a Belgian Embassy), and with the artsy and high-brow ‘L’heure bleu’. But now things are really picking up. The people behind long-time favourite ‘Bohemia’ have decided to take over a long deserted spot and use it as a transitional abode, to fill the gap during renovation works for the aformentioned Bohemia.
Introducing ‘Le Ponyhof’, boasting, despite its name, frenchness all the way. This has been getting popular lately. The opening of Chez Amis a few months ago has a similar concept and features a rather identical menu card. Standing out though, is the lovely interiour. Circus galore, from huge to tiny ponies and a daring use of the colour yellow make it a charming place to hang out. Despite the affirmation, that this is only temporary, you are not booking a tram for opening day, to have a restaurant for a few months. This is designated to stay and judged by the turnout, rightly so.
To round things off, a beautiful spot to have a coffee in the morning sun. The food on the other hand is not as good, despite having the same kitchen crew as in Bohemia. My bet is, as soon as Bohemia sees its grand re-opening (I’ll be there) this gets sorted out. Until then, you’ll find me at the unusually quiet Pain Quotidienne.
http://www.leponyhof.ch/ at Asylstrasse 60.