Zurich Royal Döner: Why Try Turkish in Swiss

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Royal Döner: Why Try Turkish in Swiss

It’s probably a lot of things, but I don’t know why all of a sudden trying out Turkish food in Zurich is a must do in my Switzerland travel bucket listFrankly, it was never on my list. But yes, sometimes life throws you lemons, other times its Turkish food. One thing I’m sure of - the Mediterranean smell of the döners making its way out of the Turkish restaurant was so forceful that it pushed me to redirect my path inside the Royal Döner. Best spontaneous food choice as yet.

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You know how you kind of get preconceived notions about how a food or presentation will or should look like? That’s the good thing about this resto; it’s all about breaking that mold. The Royal Döner is the largest döners kebab production company of Switzerland. I sure didn’t know that Turkish cuisine had a lot of influences, not only within Central Asia and Middle East, but also those of Western Europe. Nice to know, yes. Which is probably why it sure don‘t scream Turkish restaurant at first, given the style of the logo is very royal-like. Cobalt and Gold, crowned with stars. The Food Menu also is different, simple and clear-cut. The façade reads: 1001. All maroon and wide open. It’s at St. Gallerstrasse, where all the good foods and interesting hotels can be found. Best way to go is by foot, same as the rest of Zurich.

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Shawarma = Arabs, Gyros = Greeks, Kebabs = Turkish, döners are very similar, from the presentation down to the ingredients, but for some reason, taste-wise, I’d go for this one anytime. The smell is not too strong and the spice is not too dominant. It’s an easy favorite. So are the Falafel Box, and their version of Börek, which is made up of Hack Fleisch, Spinat, and Kase. German terms for: ground meat, spinach, and cheese. It’s fascinating to eat at places like this sometimes; you get to see how influences from different cultures truly mix together, especially if they seem unlikely combinations. Like for the Royal Döners, it’s Turkish meets Swiss, with a whole lot of old and new influences, from how the ingredients came to be, to the restaurant-pub like venue, down to the other details like friendliness of the Turkish - German speaking chef.

If you go to a new place, it’s always a default to say that you must try local food. But with this kind of mantra, sometimes, we miss out on good ones. Fusions, remakes, spin-offs, unrelated foods that are just around the corner. There’s just too much culture and history to try out over these kinds of foods that makes them worth the stomach spontaneity. See for yourself over some Royal Döners.

Address: St. Gallerstrasse 188 CH - 8404 Winterthur
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royaldoener

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 53 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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