Opened in late 2019, Himalaya Burger & Co is advertised as a burger restaurant bringing flavours from the top of the world. It’s been a staple at street food festivals in the Zurich area for a few years and they’ve now opened a restaurant to offer their burgers on a more regular basis.
I’ve visited the street food festivals and eaten their burgers in the past. The large bold black banner reading HIMALAYA BURGER in white text will be familiar to many locals. Being somewhat exotic it’s interesting to try see what they offer in a permanent setting.
The menu is small, offering three types of burger and also momo’s, a Tibetan dumpling filled with meat.
What was a surprise is that what’s served isn’t a burger. Not in a traditional sense, it was a steamed bao bun filled with strips of spiced meat and carrots. This was surprising going on the name of the venue.
That aside, the meat was freshly prepared and tasted nice, just unexpected and maybe not as advertised. The fries were few, and cold, which everyone at the table also had. It was strange as there was only 2 tables of people in the restaurant. It’s unclear if inexperience of restaurant service is the cause or a lack of quality control.
We visited on a Wednesday evening and there was only one other table of restaurant goers. So we had to create an atmosphere ourselves. The restaurant is obviously clean and new, it’s well decorated and has a high level restaurant feel. To then only serve 3 menu items was strange. The waiter doesn’t seem trained in table service. He hardly came to the table and we had to keep trying to get attention for ordering/drinks/paying. He knocked a glass over and forget parts of the order.
The music playing in the restaurant stopped for about 30 minutes, which made it feel like the restaurant was supposed to be closing, but it was only 9pm.
So not the best experience.
As a street food vendor, the Himalaya burger is a great option. Moving from that format to a restaurant needs a little work. With the location being a bit out of the city centre, I wouldn’t recommend it for tourists but I’d be happy to go back in a year once they’ve hopefully picked up some feedback and worked out the kinks.