I stumbled across the lovely, little market in Wipkingen a few weeks ago and while cycling around the area decided to check out a place I had heard a lot about – Kafischnaps. I tried to go here for brunch once before, but couldn’t get in as it was so packed. We were lucky this time and nabbed a sunny spot out front.
This is one of the places you encounter a lot in Zürich, where you order and pay inside, and they bring your food out. So off we went. The menu is varied and interesting (a nice change from other brunch places in Zurich that are stuck in the bread, cheese and gipfel rut). I struggled to choose between some of the rösti options, the various baked eggs and the ‘Uufklappti Brot’. I settled on the last one with goat cheese, honey and roasted nuts, which I understood as ‘open sandwich’, and I was correct. Yer man had the baked eggs with spinach and pine nuts, and we had a peppermint tea each. It came to just under 40CHF.
When the dishes came out, I was in cheesy heaven. This dish is, quite possibly, the best thing I’ve ever brunched upon in Zürich. There was a massive chunk of sour, melty goat’s cheese sitting on some half-brown crunchy-edged bread, spread with some ultra-intense tomato tapanade, a drizzle of grainy honey, a generous sprinkle of pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts and a lightly dressed salad. It was divine! Very simple but also extremely satisfying, and they really got the balance between the ingredients spot on.
The baked eggs were fine. I thought they looked slightly overdone, but the combination was good and yer man was happy out.
Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I would definitely return (although I don’t think I could order anything except the same again). The service is fine, the location is nice and the uufklappti brot roque(fort)s my boat! (You didn’t think I would make it through an entire cheese-related post without a cheese pun, did you?)