In Switzerland you do not need to leave a tip at the restaurant. Even the dishwashers get a salary of about 3000 Swiss Franks per month. A 15% service fee is added into the prices of the food. An extra tip is not require but always appreciated. When paying, most just round up on the bill giving the change to the server. If the service was exceptional, then it is nice to leave a small tip for your server to show you appreciate their efforts. Be prepared to spend some time at a restaurant when you go to Switzerland. The table turnover rate is not pushed as much due to the servers getting a regular salary, and not expecting tips for their income. I think it is more relaxed this way, and I never feel rushed. When you want your check it is common that the customer has to ask for it, you should not expect the server to give it to you. They do not want to rush you, and do not have a problem with you staying all night!
Here is my mom and I ordering off the menu at a small cafe in Zurich
Kaffee and Kuchen, coffee and cake
My most favorite salad. This is a feta salad sold at a restaurant called Habsburg. Served with garlic bread
A vegetable salad with french dressing on the left a pasta dish on the right.
Vegetable Schnitzel (schnitzel is usually meat that is coated in breadcrumbs and then fried). This consisted of vegetables instead, made into a patty and coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It is accompanied by fries.
Pork Schnitzel and salad with french dressing. The dressing is usually served already on the salad, unless you ask for it on the side. The house dressing is usually french dressing, which is fantastic.
A type of caramel cream torte. So yummy!
Many restaurants in the summertime offer outdoor seating. We traveled a good hour to get to the top of the mountain. The types of food served here were traditional Swiss food such as sausages, meats and Rösti, which is similar to American hash browns.
That’s a lot of chicken!! It is called Spiesli…..a stick with meat
Chowing down on some good food. Can you see the awesome view we had?
Here we are at a restaurant called Eggberg. Chicken Cordon Bleu served with salad and fruit. Water you order is not free and you can order it with gas or no gas.
Again the chicken cordon bleu
For dessert, a banana split
After a four hour hike up the Hoher Kasten Mountain we feasted on some elbow macaroni with a beef sauce, apple sauce, bananas and the Shorley drink which is basically a fizzy apple juice. The restaurant at the top was scatter system cafe. Everything is extremely expensive at the mountain top cafe’s.
The view from the top of the Hoher Kasten mountain.
At a mexican restaurant in Basel called Pappa Joes. SO expensive….35 SF fajitas!!
This was actually a restaurant in Germany, really close to the border. It was called. We had some great tilapia and wine
We are by Lake Geneva in Lausanne. We ate at the concession stand right by the shore. This stand had salads, hamburgers, fries, pitas with hummus and chicken. There was a large selection of pop, beer and juice. There was also candy, homemade cake and bread.
Hamburgers and fries in Switzerland!?
At a very nice, small restaurant called, Alex in Heerbrug. Salads for us!
An Italian restaurant in Basel. Pizza and Gnocchi. Italian is very popular in Switzerland.
In the next blog I will be talking about Swiss food in the HOME!