We've been to 'Zum Gaul' for dinner.
The owner as well as the rest of the staff are extremly friendly.
The restaurant only has outside seating and only a few tables, but they were crammed with people when we arrived. Luckily we did book a table in advance, which run smoothly via mobile phone (text message).
You won't notice that this is a restaurant if you pass it at it doesn't look like one. What a pity that so many people miss the experience to go in and have a seat. It looks quite alternative/green, but don't let yourself putting off by the look - that what matters is what you get.
It looks quite like an imbiss or kiosque, but you will be surprised what they hand over the counter :-)
There is no menu card handed out, but all you can get is listed at the bar/kitchen on small cards and the daily special is published on blackboards. The choice is small, but great stuff - all fresh and organic and the combination of ingredients the dish gets a special unique touch.
The burger is superbe. The bun is not a smooth stroppy white Mc Donalds or BK bun you usually get with burgers, but a crispy bun roasted on the grill. The meat is good and the combination with ruccola, zucchini, ognions and a great tasty sauce make this burger very special. The burger comes with fries. All this for just CHF 15.-, which is ridiculous compared to Zurich prices where the food and service is not near as good as in 'Zum Gaul'. OK they probably save costs usually other restaurants have with table service. Here you have to order and directly pay at the bar and you get a ticket with a number on it. When your meal is ready they shout out the number and you go and pick your food up.
After you have finished you either bring your empty plates back to the bar, but we had the nice guy from the service taking the plates away and cleaning up the table.
They have Zurich local beer such as Turbinenbräu (Sprint) and this can also be pumped up with a orange liquor, which sounds quite strange, but tastes very good. They sell spirits of a small distillerie in Mettmenstetten (zum Tröpfli), we tasted the 'alte Birne' (vielle poire) and I must admit it was one of the best vielle poire I ever had. You did not smell the alcohol that usually burns in the throut when drinking those hard spirits, but it had an excellent, smooth and sweet taste of real pear. The coffee is very good too, they really know how to handle a good machine ;-)
The furniture (tables and chairs) are from 'Bogen 33', which is a shop selling furniture from the past nicely refurbished. So this collaboration and support between the two is also examplary.
We will definitely go back to 'Zum Gaul' and also bring new people along who do not know about this gem just beside Hardbrücke near by of one of Zurich most frequented party area.
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