Tucked away below street level in chic The Hotel (the city's hippest boutique bolthole), Bam Bou resembles a perfectly polished red-and-black bento box bursting with beautifully prepared and presented pan-Asian cuisine (some of the best in town). Service here is five-star smooth and geared to business, especially during lunchtime, and the open-plan kitchen provides ample proof of the freshness of the ingredients and the speed with which they're transformed. Foolproof choices include the sushi and seafood dishes, and the steamed dim sum are perfect for a shared starter. Come nighttime, it transforms from business-like to slickly romantic. Reservations advised.
The Hotel, Sempacherstrasse 14, CH-6003
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Mon–Fri 11:45am–1:30pm, 6:30–11pm Transportation Bus: 7, 8, 14, or 20 Phone 041/226-8686 Prices Main courses 46F–56F Cuisine Type Pan-Asian Web site Bam Bou