Since 2011 Helvti’s been in Zurich with its American diner style and swiss level quality food. They’ve opened and closed in a couple of locations, at the time of writing there were two restaurants in Zurich. For this post I reviewed the Stauffacher venue as it tempted us in with a seasonal ‘WAGYUFFLE BURGER’.
Helvti’s menu isn’t predetermined, you pick your burger patty and toppings from the menu and pay accordingly. There are two vegetarian patty options including ‘Moving Mountains’ made of mushrooms, wheat, soy and pea proteins. This fake meat option seems to be gaining ground across burger restaurants and I may have to revisit and make some vegetarian reviews. Even so, this time we took the Wagyu beef, truffle brie, poached egg and onions burger, advertised as WAGYUFFLE. Being an american diner, there are also hotdogs and sandwiches on offer, this is a burger blog, so I’ll review the burger!
It was good, the bun was soft, the burger juicy and well cooked. The egg was poached just enough to prevent it running everywhere when bitten into yet not hard boiled.
The fries were nothing special, but worked as a great vehicle for the white truffle cheese sauce served on the side.
The Stauffacher venue is a standalone building with an updated American diner style. Inside it’s quite compact yet well decorated, and as a result you can be sat close to other diners. Something you may not want if expecting an intimate dining experience. The staff are dressed in white shirts and black bow ties adding to the experience, they’re always friendly and show high levels of American service.
While the food comes with both high quality and a matching price, it’s worth a visit if you can make a reservation. There are a couple of tables for walk-in’s, but it’s a popular place for good reason. If budget doesn’t concern you and you’d like to sample a swiss take on Americana then go for it. The food doesn’t disappoint and the enormous milkshakes won’t leave you hungry!