Photo by Andy Cortellin
"Zur Mägd" is a Baseldütsch phrase for a farmer’s helper, and this tavern in Basel’s old town churns out exceptional food that is hearty and down-home enough to feed farmhands, but still elegant enough to satisfy CEOs of banks and the fashion-and-art-world cognoscenti who make this place a favorite during Art Basel and the Baselworld watch fair. Chef Adriano Giordano's creations are robustly Italian but come with a bitzeli (small amount) of Swiss German influences: sausage fried in white wine and sage, or bresaola and porchetta with homemade pickles. His seasonal preparations of tripe are especially beloved. The wooden dining room, which once served Hans Holbein, is swathed in red with a long mirrored bar. With all the comforting trademarks of Old Europe, it almost resembles a painting. From the window tables you can catch quick glimpses of the busy Rhine. There’s also a fumoir (smoking room), a garden, a private dining Stübli, and a hall for larger events. The wine list, featuring several excellent Italian reds and whites, is a highlight.
By Adam H. Graham, AFAR Contributor
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St. Johanns-Vorstadt 29, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
+41 61 281 50 10
Tue - Fri 11am - 12am
Sat 6pm - 12am