9 out of 10 Beef Burgers for Loft Five

After coming back from my amazing holiday in “Beef Crazy” South Africa, I decided to look for the best Beef Burger Zürich has to offer.  Reviews are rife on the internet. Notably a lot of great reviews and recommendations all pointed to Loft Five. Right next to Platform 54 at Zürich HB lays a little gem in the heart of Europaallee. The ever popular Loft Five, which has gone from strength to strength in just over a year is a trendy, sophisticated, yet simple Bar & Restaurant which caters mostly for the people with flair and application of modern art & decoration.

OutsideI have eaten here before in winter and the place was jammed packed with hungry customers wanting a decent meal and a few cocktails after a hard day’s work in the financial sector. But on this occasion, I went with the sun beating down on a warm summer’s day. I reserved a table for two, and when we arrived I ask to be seated outside on their delightful terrace. We had a warm welcome and our drinks arrived in an acceptable time. My colleague’s special drink, the Diesel (Beer & Cola) was delivered without making a fuss. This is not always the case in Zürich. I have often experienced eye rolling waiters!

The homemade burgers were recommended by the friendly waiter. So we ordered two “James Joyce Classic Burger Komplett”. This is the Rolls Royce of their burgers which included a freshly made oversized beef patty, caramelized onions, greens, raclette cheese, and an egg. I wanted mine a little saltier so ordered it with bacon.  I am certain my mouth and eyes did the ordering, leaving the stomach and heart out of the decision making committee.

Burger After a few frosty beers, the burgers arrived at our table with the both of us drooling onto our napkins that were placed neatly on our laps. We rolled our sleeves up and squeezed the buns together. We dipped the oversized burgers into the homemade ketchup and munched down. Our side order of French fries and coleslaw remained untouched as we devoured the heavenly meaty menu.

finger lickinI licked my fingers clean and started with the chips and coleslaw. I had to be careful not to bite my fingers off as I was eating so quickly. It was all so yummy! I could not help it!!

AffeIf you pop inside the restaurant, you will quickly be drawn into the beauty of the décor that has a “Shabby- Chic” feel to it. You can even purchase the décor, but that comes at price for those who can afford it. But the greatest attraction must be the Gentleman’s WC. A picture of a Chimpanzee showing his teeth overlooks you relieving yourself at the Urinal. Classic!

We both agreed they were the best burgers in town. Unfortunately there was a little mix up with the bill Overcharging is always a dish best served cold!  But today’s overall rating was strongly influenced by great food, the meticulous detail to attention and a friendly and competent team that understand the principle of “The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” After all, we revisit restaurants we like, not because of the food, but rather the people that represent it. This fine establishment had both!

Inspector Ralf! rates this casual dining experience 9 out of 10 Beef Burgers!


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