Before Iron Maiden concert in Zürich we decided we will take a little walk around old town (very very nice old town!). We sat down and few clicks later we decided we will give Zeughauskeller a try. We had our ‘tourist’ day and this restaurant looked like a perfect tourist spot. Zeughauskeller is just next to Paradeplatz, in the heart of old town you can say. A historical armoury was built in 1487 and from 1926 it became a social meeting point. Most of the reviews on tripadvisor made my mouth water. Perfect food, quick and nice service- jackpot you would think. First we went there just to grab a drink and it started. Don’t get me wrong, I myself work in service and when I see 5 waiters outside and noone almost moving their ass to come up to you, I start boiling. Picked the menu myself, we chose some beers and then waited if somebody will come to take an order. After quite a few minutes and few waiters telling us ‘it’s not their station’ I went up to the bar and asked if I can order there. I was informed that one waiter will come up to us in a moment. That never happened, so we just left.
After this nice start, we said ‘damn it, we will give it a try later anyway’. We came back. This time service was quicker. Drinks arrived quickly (try their house beer and the ‘black’ beer!). When the waiter came my boyfriend (who is a chef) asked where the pike-perch comes from since he wasn’t yet sure what to order. The response was ‘Vietnam’ (hahaha), which wasn’t that funny. Finally we ordered pork shank with potato salad and calfs’ liver with rösti (traditional potato Swiss dish). The portions are good, you will not go home hungry. Dishes were nicely served and tasty but nothing special that would make us come back.
It is quite pricey, you have to pay extra for bread for example. All in all it didn’t really meet up the expectations we had after reading the reviews online. Give it a try when in Zürich when you feel like it. In the evening it’s always full, most of the tables are reserved and people come to watch a special show of ‘beer flambé’, which means beer on fire, (15,8 Swiss francs for 0,5 l) and enjoy meter sausages.
We won’t be back.
Bahnhofstrasse 28 a
Text: Agnieszka Wajs
Photos: Agnieszka Wajs, google