Of course it’s unfair that Oerlikon is slagged off by locals as the suburbs – it’s been a district of Zurich since 1934. But it just hasn’t much to offer and seems far away from the city. But I like Not Guilty, a restaurant that I discovered while working in this area.
The mostly organic salads, sandwiches and soups on offer have no additives or any “bad” stuff, but taste great. My favourite is the Tandoori Chicken Salad, with aromatic chicken, cucumber, sugar peas, bean sprouts, cherry tomatoes and coriander. If you don’t like one of the ingredients (in my case coriander), just ask them to not include it, as they mix the salads right on spot and fry the meat after your order is in.
You can either order takeaway or eat in the restaurant. The interior is simple and stylish and outdoor you find big tables which are right next to the beautiful MFO Park (which is actually worth a trip to Oerlikon itself).
In August 2010 they opened a second branch at Thurgauerstrasse 40, just next to the tram stop Leutschenbach, so it’s right on the new tram line connecting the airport to the city. Just recently in spring 2013, they opened their 3rd branch, right at Stauffacher and the good news: this branch has longer opening hours, namely Mon – Fri 06:30 – 21:00, Sat 08:00 – 21:00, Sun 09:00 – 20:00.