It’s been reported that in 1909 Henry Ford said “You can have a ‘Model T’ in any color you choose… as long as that color is black.” The same applies at LE MUSIGNY: you can have any wine you choose… as long as it’s Burgundian. And I have absolutely nothing against that. Therefore the name, named after the famous Burgundian AOC appellation in Côte de Nuits region, is more than fitting.
This was the furthest we had to ride as Le Musigny is located south of the city centre on the right bank of Lake Zurich, in Mühlebach (District 8). I’m glad Christoph saved this visit towards the end of our tour, that way I could burn off some of the calories I had taken in during the day.
What was once home to a common Italian trattoria, the restaurant space was converted into a modern, airy, well-lit and inviting dining room with a temperature controlled wall filled with Burgundian treasures to keep you company, and re-launched in November 2017. Their wine list boasts over 1.200 positions and won the 2018 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Christoph and I arrived at Le Mussigny just before dinner service kicked off and it was our second last stop on our Zurich gastro tour, so needless to say, we were quite tired, far from hungry, and somewhat sweaty & disheveled after being on the go for over nine hours non-stop at this point.
But the owner, Nazim Asadullaev, and his team greeted us with open arms… and a good – no, correct me on that – fantastic glass of Pierre Bourée’s 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc (Chardonnay): beautiful, bright golden colour, somewhat reductive on the nose – it’s still a baby – but with great acidity, rich & complex, with notes of flint, honey and nuts. Exactly what the doctor ordered.
We chilled together at the bar and just shot the breeze for a while. Nazim explained how he had always been a huge fan of Burgundian wines, especially the Musigny appellation (go figure), and therefore wanted to dedicate his next business venture to the legendary wine region. A place where patrons could enjoy wines from every single corner of Burgundy and from every quality level. The cuisine is French-International and follows the same character as the wines: class and elegance. We were told that since the restaurant orders directly (not through a Swiss importer) that allows them to offer very competitive pricing. And with the price of Burgundy as high as it is right now, that’s definitely a good thing.
As mentioned, Christoph and I weren’t planning on eating on this visit but Chef Lukas surprised us with an amuse-gueule: a perfect boiled and breaded egg on a bed of silky potato purée with mushrooms. And it looked so good, we couldn’t resist. Especially when the dish is accompanied by a 2014 Colin-Morey St. Aubin Le Banc (Chardonnay).A great pairing, and eggs aren’t easy either. But the breading, purée and mushrooms made it a hit.
Though we couldn’t stay very long I will definitely have to make a point of returning to Le Musigny for a more formal experience – with my wife, she’s a lot better looking than Christophe and doesn’t sport a beard. Based on the many 5* reviews the restaurant has received on Trip Advisor, I should make that date sooner rather than later.
Please visit Le Musigny’s website for more information regarding opening hours, their vast wine list and seasonal lunch & dinner menus.
+41 (0)43 488 66 25