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This is an offbeat choice. The site of this restaurant and shopping complex originated in the late 1800s, when a Swiss entrepreneur assembled a flotilla of barges to take in laundry, using the waters of Lake Zurich to flush the dirt out of clothes and bedding. Later, the boats were permanently moored to the lakeside, and an enormous clothes-washing complex was built beside the lake, centred around a redbrick smokestack that still remains in place today, a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. In the 1990s a team of trend-conscious architects transformed the site into a complex of boutiques, offices, and condominiums, one of the highlights of which is this artfully minimalist restaurant that's favoured by the young, the arts-conscious, and the upwardly mobile. It's at its most relaxing in summer, when tables are lined up beside a marina that's loaded with tall-masted sailboats. People travel here from far away in any season to experience the unusual design of the starkly minimalist duplex-style dining room. Menu items are deeply entrenched in the seasons and include, among others, gnocchi with grilled shrimp and cherry tomatoes; cutlet of beef (Milan-style); a symphony of fish -- sea wolf, shrimp, and mussels -- served with a lemon-flavoured wine sauce; slow-braised rack of lamb with herbs; several preparations of fresh fish; meal-size salads; and a deliberately undercooked version of bittersweet chocolate cake.
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