Rice Up! Now Open

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Newly opened…fresh, fast & franc savvy Asian street food inspired deliciousness along Bahnhofstrasse.

Bern commuters have been loving Rice Up! rice bowls since 2016 and now you Zuri Girls can get in on the tasty fun mixing and matching your very own rice bowls. Pick a Signature Dish or be your own Chef…with flavorful bursts like Thai Chillies & Red Curry sauce, we can’t wait for our next lunch date.

The Location

Right near the Zurich Hauptbahnhof, adjacent to Globus, this stop ticks all the boxes for convenience. Pop over during your lunch break, rendezvous with friends or grab takeaway on the way home from work.

An eclectic blend of fun red décor bounces off the wooden cafeteria style tables and white walls. A hanging bicycle, plastic bottled chandelier and newspapered wall gives the restaurant a quirky casual feel.

The restaurant is a large 400 square meters with 3 floors plus outdoor seating, it’s pretty big by Zurich standards yet the day we dined there wasn’t an empty seat in the house!

The Food & Drinks

Mix it Your Way! While some bowls are set menus, it’s so much more fun to satisfy your cravings by picking and choosing only what you want along the way.

This is how the ‘Mix it Your Way’ works:

  • Begin with a Base: Cold Noodles, Salad, Red or White Rice
  • Pick a Protein: Chicken Meatballs, Tofu marinated with cashews and dates, Grilled Beef marinated with ginger & lemongrass or Grilled Satay Chicken in peanut sauce
  • A Variety of Veggies: Brocoli, Corn, Green Beans, Seasonal Veg…you choose!
  • Get Saucy: Red Curry, Green Curry, Tamarind, Satay Sauce
  • Top it all off: Asian Slaw, Thai Chillies, Puffed Rice, Crushed Peanuts, Herb Salad

Bowls start off at just CHF 12.90 and are a hearty portion size with the perfect balance of goodies – a total bargain for Zurich! Especially Zurich Bahnhofstrasse!

Drinks are a hard choice to make with so many tempting thirst quenchers. We were first pulled into one of our oldies but goodies with a pretty assortment of yootea calling our name, but eager to try something new and dreaming of vacations in the Philippines, we went with the Kalamansi and later on paired the Chai Rice Milk with chocolate & passionfruit moose…yum!

Why we Love It

Rice Up! has way done way more than made a passion project of their dedication to sustainability. If you didn’t know anything else, you’ll see their trash bins are divided for customers and empty drink bottles form the ceiling light. But way beyond that, they are quite dedicated to ensuring their serving bowls are sustainable and source Swiss ingredients as much as possible.

Zuri Girl Tip
Have a good idea what you want to order before getting in line. It moves fast and hungry bellies are eyeing your every move so don’t delay in ordering. Even the cashier was in quite the race to get us out the door – we barely had time to order drinks!

Zuri Mom Tip
Picky eater? No Problem. Order the kids platter – a wee bit smaller in scale but just as much fun in choice. Considering the ingredients are fairly healthy ladies, consider it a stress-free job well done for mini me’s meal time.

Rice Up!
Bahnhofstrasse 79, 8001 Zurich (map)
Rice Up! Website

For more great eats in Zurich, check our City Guide.