Opening in late 2018, Urban Fork is another restaurant in Zurich promoting local and sustainable foods are used to craft their dishes. Although no information is given about where anything actually came from or who they work with like other restaurants.
They’re a second branch (or ‘little sister’ as self described) of the Fork & Bottle in Allmend, it has a similar feel and focus on craft beer selections.
Whilst not advertised as a burger restaurant, the menu is mostly burger based which fits in with the hipster craft beer image, this is backed up by the use of jars as soft drink glasses. They also offer a selection of Bao buns, which seems a strange fit seeing as there’s no hint of Chinese culture around the place.
The standard burger choices are on offer, the unique burgers come in the shape of a minted lamb burger which is delicious, or the bao buns, also good.
On this particular trip I ordered the bacon cheeseburger which regular fries, in order to see how well prepared they can make a standard offering.
The burger was well cooked, clearly hand shaped and freshly cooked. I’m not a fan of chopping boards instead of plates, especially when so much fat runs out of the burger and onto the table, however this certainly indicates a moist burger!
The fries were a bit underwhelming, a big soggy and soft. Not so much flavour and not crispy, I struggled to be motivated to finish them but I was hungry. One on the table had sweet potato fries and they were well done.
We booked a table for a Friday night, expecting to see a hustle of restaurant goers, however the place was mostly empty. When making the reservation it explicitly says that we’d only have the table for 2 hours. I don’t know why, but it makes it difficult to gauge how people were enjoying their food. On a previous visit it was busy and I recall service took a long time. This time however we were of course fine.
As a venue to sample craft beer and talk with friends, this seems like a nice enough venue. However as a burger venue I wouldn’t go so often unless I had a hankering for a bao bun (which I have in the past). The craft beers are expensive, the regular menu is Zurich standard. The burger competition is becoming fierce in the city, i’d put Urban Fork in the welterweight category.