Heidi & Tell, Gotthardstrasse, Zurich
Burgers are really all the rage in Zurich and a unique Swiss twist can be found at Heidi und Tell. All the ingredients are 100% natural with no additives, preservatives or any of the other junk you find in other places. The place is kept in a nice and clean all wood theme, also catering to the fact that every thing you get is completely made from recycled materials. The Swiss twist is that you can select either Gruyere, Appenzeller or Emmentaler cheese on your burger.
I was hungry so I ordered the Appenzeller burger, with extra cheese, extra meat and extra vegetables. To complement I chose some HT Fries. I liked the burger, the meat was of good quality, I would have prefered a tad higher fat content. I liked the simple yet homemade bread and how the fresh lettuce, tomatoes and real pickle complemented the burger. I did have an interesting discussion with my co-diner and the chef overheard us, I prefer more sauce on my burger but the clientele is torn into two opposing factions. So I guess for most the burger is perfect since it has true and unadulterated, honest beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickle flavor, for the others I recommend adding some ketchup to get the same bliss.
Quite honestly, the “REAL” cheese makes all the difference. Sometimes this really get’s me all riled up. A restaurant can serve frozen pizza with mozzarella and ham, where the cheese is a synthetic product and the ham pimped with gelatine and water. There should be a law that if you’re not serving the plain untouched product you need to declare it, to give places like the Heidi & Tell a level playing field.
The HT fries were actually sprinkled with Sbrinz and parsley, a unique way to do so. A nice small touch was that the box of my burger was stamped to reflect my order. I noticed after I had finished mine when I was busy wiping my hands. I like the low-touch Heidi & Tell idea and especially their cheap prices.