We got the news that a new Chinese restaurant opened in Zurich recently so of course, we had to try it out. What’s their speciality and what is the name about? Read on and find out in our review.
Wendy, the friendly owner of A Fatt, explained some of the backgrounds to the restaurant. Even though A Fatt has opened just recently, she and her husband, who serves as the chef, have been running restaurants for many years, first in Zurich and then for the past few years in Dietikon. When they had to move due to renovation, they decided to come back to Zurich.
Their speciality has always been Malaysian Chinese cuisine which is rarely found here in Switzerland. They soon found regular customers amongst Malaysians who missed their home food. Amongst them, it became custom to say “let’s go to A Fatt’s” since A Fatt is the nickname of Wendy’s husband. And so they decided to call the restaurant “A Fatt”.
Now that we have explained the name, let’s move on to more important things: the food. At first glance, the menu looks similar to most Chinese restaurants. You will even find the ubiquitous Mapo Doufu, which is most likely due to a no risks attitude the average white customer has when eating at a Chinese restaurant. At a closer look, however, there are many dishes you usually don’t see on a menu here and that I, being not very familiar with Malaysian cuisine, had never heard of. Apart from typical Malaysian dishes however, many dishes were familiar to me from Cantonese cuisine.
Wendy recommended four of A Fatt’s speciality dishes: Claypot Rice (煲仔饭), Assam Fish (亚参鱼), Malaysian Style Shrimps (南洋风味虾), and Hokkien Mee (福建面). We went for her recommendations, just note that there are also vegetarian options.
This was a lot of food for two people, however, we really enjoyed it and by the end of it, we had very little leftovers. The Claypot Rice is great comfort food for winter with its rich flavour and tender chicken, as is the Hokkien Mee. The Assam fish adds a slightly hot and spicy note to it while the Malaysian Style Shrimps abound in rich curry flavours. The “Mee” aka noodles are homemade and offer a nice springy texture. In short, we had a great meal and were also pleased with the beautiful presentation of the dishes.
At A Fatt, they also go the extra mile to offer a nice selection of desserts and good quality drinks, from red and white wine, iced and hot teas, to beer and coffee. So even though we were very full, we couldn’t resist the temptation to end the meal with some Fried Coconut Milk.
All in all, we had a great time at A Fatt, not just because of the food but also because of the cosy atmosphere. Prices are pretty standard for Zurich. We will definitely come back!
Chinese Restaurant A Fatt, Limmatstrasse 189, 8005 Zürich (Link to Facebook page). Closed on Tuesdays.