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Tea Room Siesta, Badenerstrasse, Zurich

Gemuesesuppe

Menusalat

Walliser Käseschnitte

I have driven past the Team Room Siesta and I’ve never noticed the single-story, bungalow type building next to the Letzigrund stadion. Field studies with the female followers I meet in bars, clearly showed that besides talking about my vast experience of fancy fine-dining places, showing my down-to-earth-side resonates tremendously with hopeful spousal candidates. To build my experience strategically in that area, the Tea Room Siesta was a perfect choice. One of the key quality features is if there’s an abundant supply of Blick available, and here a half dozen (plus other publications) lie neatly arranged on a table at the entrance. The crowd is middle aged, equally blue and white collar and all are looking for a tasty, cheap and quick meal. The soup and salad were acceptable, nothing special and not homemade. A real nice surprise was the Kaeseschnitte. The only thing I would have changed is use a real piece of bread instead of toast, but otherwise it was lovely. You could really taste the white wine which was used to douse the toast, the raclette cheese, ham and fried egg were a great lunch. The real burner – the whole thing was a mere 16 CHF! I’ve found my new favourite lunch place! And it get’s better. One of the waitress actually lit up a cigarette behind the counter! This is real old school and exactly my type of place, they make their own rules. Great value for money (considering you also get a salad and a soup):

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Letzigrund, Badenerstrasse, Zurich

Letzigrund Pommes

Letziburger

Things not quite going according to plan is normal, but outright disaster or abysmal failure do not adequately describe the situation of the football venues in the City of Zurich. Instead of a decent stadium, an architectural impressive, yet functionally flawed multi-purpose thing was created. One can argue wether placing a picket fence around the facility, where one can pass objects through the gaps inside the stadium, is inline with the architectural mantra of form follows function or not. Incompetence on the verge on neglect is the fact that Implenia which built the stadium, screwed up on the Steel construction of the year 2007. The roof and the accompanying beams were rusting and in danger of caving in. Hence additional supporting beams were added obstructing the view of the spectators, until a permanent solution was found. By the law of Karma, at least the food must be stellar. Strolling through the booths there’s an offering which could be found at any stadium – French fries, bratwurst, pizza and burgers. I chose a portion of fries. Unfortunately just adding a bit of herbes provencal to oversalted and underfried potato sticks doesn’t salvage the experience. Every Gruempelturnier has a guy working a fryer churning out fries, unsure why one of the biggest players in the catering industry ZFV can’t make it happen. Next up was a Letziburger, funny enough, towards the end of the game these are sold for a mere 3 CHF (and they had dozens left). The bread was actually okay, but the burger paddy was not 100% beef, was lacking any char on the outside and with that none of the smokiness a real burger should have. No wonder, they are apparently cooked on an electric grill plate. The whole setup was too ridiculous I skipped on having a bratwurst. The thing to do is, eat & drink outside of the stadium.Horber the butcher or the Restaurant Schlachthof both have real grills and serve real tasty grub. This is a prime example where instead of going for what the people like best, some caterer was selected because of their concept. There needs to be a campaign for real food for real football fans!

Tex Mex, Badenerstrasse, Zurich

Chilaqilis

Taco Pollo

Tex Mex sports a classic french cuisine with danish influences near the epicentre of avantgarde dining in Zurich, the Letzigrund sports stadium. That would be a surprising turn of events, but Tex Mex does exactly what its name says. Appetizer was something which was called Chilaqilis (unkown to Google) which looked a lot like Nachos baked over with the usual topics. Average and matching expectations. Main course were some tacos with chicken. The tacos were okay, the side dishes of Chili con Carne and rice were bland and somewhat pointless. The food here lacks a bit of soul, and you’re better of cooking your own at home. For this price I would also have expected more than just two Tacos:

Bill

Zic Zac, Letzigrund, Zurich

Big Zic Burger

Quick Lunch near the Letzigrund at the Zic Zac. American food ranging from mozzarella sticks to burgers is on the menu. But looking at the specials, the daily one was Riz Casimir and the weekly one Wienerschnitzel, this sends a bit of a conflicting message. Looking over the burger menu I opted for a Big Zic, which sounded like it was the signature burger on the menu. To make it short, for a place priding itself on hamburgers, the Big Zic didn’t rock my boat. The meat was oversalted, dry and most likely not pure beef. No matter what toppings you add, the core component of a burger is the beef patty and if that isn’t up to par, no amount of topping will rescue it. Even if the opposite were true, the special sauce in this burger is just not interesting enough. Another odd thing is that the middle bun was actually a top bun upside down. The cole slaw (even though nicely seasoned) was on the watery side, probably someone in the kitchen, didn’t wait long enough. Still I’m not worried about the place, since everyone featured in the Hoogan or Gamma databases will spend their time here during the football games. Prices:

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