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Old 25.07.2009, 18:03
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

Just took the family to Zen in Adliswil for lunch to try out the Peking duck plus 3 other dishes, a couple beers and 2dl wine. Evaluation:

Food: 7/10, the Peking duck was disappointing at 110 CHF just for the duck. It was obviously made in advance and reheated on demand, skin was more chewy than crispy, the meat stir-fried with a lot of unidentifiable vegies, was supposed to be spicey, but wasn't.

Other dishes: sweet sour chicken, 8/10 - crispy calamari 7/10, mushrooms 8/10 (only shitake).

Service 9/10, but place was only a quarter full.

Ambiance: would be 9/10 if not for the fact that they allowed smoking and there were ash trays on every table, so I deduct 3 points...6/10.

Price: 3/10...total for lunch for 4 set me back 260 CHF, and that with a very moderate amount of wine/beer.

Would I go back? Not at those prices. By the way there is a Vietnamese restaurant, "Saigon" I believe right across the street which serves great food. Price for a full plate of mixed dishes for lunch: 16 CHF. I definitely will go back to that place.
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Old 25.07.2009, 18:30
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actually, Birmensdorferstrasse would be the one I meant. I therefore have no idea about the other one!!
On recommendation from this forum I had lunch at the Hot Pot on Birmensdorferstrasse, even told them I was a big fan of Chinese food, and had been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong etc....(hint, hint, don't water down the food for me). The result: absolutely nothing special. Also, ash trays present. I wouldn't go back.
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Old 25.07.2009, 18:53
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

Anyone been to this restaurant http://www.fuya-waldshut.de/ in Waldshut. They apparently do a Sushi buffet for about 18Eur. They also have (according to the photos) a guy doing "La Mien" or Pulled Noodle where the guy creates noodles out of a lump of doug by hand making the noodles all 'al-dente' and cooked in tasty broth. It's a northern Chinese specialty which you didn't often see until recently. Most common Chinese food known in the west tend to be southern/Cantonese.

Anyway, if someone tries this before I do, please report!
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Old 27.07.2009, 00:30
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there is a Vietnamese restaurant, "Saigon" I believe right across the street which serves great food. Price for a full plate of mixed dishes for lunch: 16 CHF. I definitely will go back to that place.
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Well, if Vietnamese I suggest this one :
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Petit Saigon
Birmensdorferstrasse 126
8003 Zürich

Telefon:044 461 11 32
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and here a short description, in German, about this place, which really is remarkable
http://www.zueritipp.ch/dyn/gastro/index.html?lid=8360
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Old 27.07.2009, 11:00
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Nagasui is owned by the same guy (Malaysian) who owns Tiffins in Seefeld.

Nagasui serves a kind of Peking duck with small northern flapjacks - a generous-enough serving at CHF38. Makes a lovely wrap with julienned veggies and sauce.
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Old 28.07.2009, 20:05
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

There is a another Chinese place on Zähringerstrasse (I think) just up from the "Chopstick" that I like better. They did a decent "Saigon" style noodle soup, and I don't remember if they offer a Pho (hanoi style) or not.

the Duck on their menu was not bad either. But have only been there a handful of times so can't speak to the rest of the menu.
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Old 17.08.2009, 13:00
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

Me and some friends checked out the dim-sum situation at Suan Long over the weekend. I have to say as an Asian, I was not disappointed. Will definitely go back there again.

They had the usual suspects on the menu, like siew mai, har gaos, lou mai gais, roast pork buns and fried wantons. Authentic enough to satisfy my dim sum cravings for a while. We also ordered the duck and fried beef noodles which were bloody fantastic!!!!

Go to the Langstrasse branch. I initially spoke to someone at the Enge branch and they mentioned that their Langstrasse branch has the biggest variety (albeit not the usual big selection that you'll get in the HKG restaurants).

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Old 17.08.2009, 13:53
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

I know it isn't Chinese, but avoid these trendy http://www.wagamama.ch/ restaurants at all costs. Service is very average, no English spoken (went there with a guest) supposed to be trendy interior but rather boring. Food was very, very bland and unexciting to the point of being inedible. None of us would finish their noodles, one of the worst I've ever had. Expensive for what you get too.
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Old 17.08.2009, 14:15
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I know it isn't Chinese, but avoid these trendy http://www.wagamama.ch/ restaurants at all costs. Service is very average, no English spoken (went there with a guest) supposed to be trendy interior but rather boring. Food was very, very bland and unexciting to the point of being inedible. None of us would finish their noodles, one of the worst I've ever had. Expensive for what you get too.
I like Wagamama in the UK hence I was pleased when I knew that it will be opening a branch here. But I was sorely disappointed. Like simon_ch said, the food was bland till I didnt even finish my bowl of noodles despite the fact that I was starving.

However, the waitress did notice that I didnt finish my food and asked for my feedback. When I told them that I didnt like it, we did get our drinks and my main course taken off the bill. Like wow!
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Old 18.08.2009, 00:44
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Me and some friends checked out the dim-sum situation at Suan Long over the weekend. I have to say as an Asian, I was not disappointed. Will definitely go back there again.

They had the usual suspects on the menu, like siew mai, har gaos, lou mai gais, roast pork buns and fried wantons. Authentic enough to satisfy my dim sum cravings for a while. We also ordered the duck and fried beef noodles which were bloody fantastic!!!!

Go to the Langstrasse branch. I initially spoke to someone at the Enge branch and they mentioned that their Langstrasse branch has the biggest variety (albeit not the usual big selection that you'll get in the HKG restaurants).

Address: Langstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich.
I can also recommend, I am just glad Summerain was on hand to order all the right things and those pork buns were very nice if not a bit strange
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Best by far is Korea Pavilion on Badenerstr.

Korean Restaurant in Zurich?

Is Korea Pavilion the one we see on Tram 2?? I definitely want to try that one. Although is it a ginormous restaurant?? The building told me Yes. I have never seen so huge Korean restaurant so...

The one near Kauffmann aber is wirklich gut!
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

"Beyond" just behind the zurich HB, predominately Szechuan cuisine.

http://maps.google.ch/maps?hl=en&sou...ed=0CAoQnwIwAA

My wife who is from that part of the world loves it. Cafe type decor, always full of Chinese customers; good sign of good food.

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Old 04.12.2009, 13:13
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Well I made it to Zen last night and thought I would share my thoughts...

The location in Adliswil is not exactly convenient, unless you happen to be near SwissRe or Generali, it's a ten minute drive from Enge with parking available or you could easily hop on the S bahn and be there in about the same time. The retaurant itself is very bright and open with a view on one side to the Uetliberg and on the other to... the parking lot. Inside, the decoration is simple, nice, but, in general, we were not that impressed with the decor. The service was excellent, several waitresses took good care of us in both German and English.

The food was, as has been noted, good but expensive. We ordered the mixed, steamed dim sum then went for the Peking Duck. Okay, we ordered a lot of food, but along with a couple of glasses of wine and two small pots of tea we were quickly closing in on 200 swissies. The dim sum was very good and I will be heading back there soon for their Sunday brunch; I can certainly imagine a hungover Sunday being saved by generous applications of their green and white teas and generous rounds of dim sum.

The Peking duck, is another matter. As discussed, they prepare it for you in two rounds, with the second round being (in our case) a prepared dish consisting of the duck, and various mushrooms and vegetables. They bring "the" (or, perhaps "a") duck out to show you at the beginning, but then all the preparation is done back in the kitchen. A certain moderator who knows his Asian restaurants told me this sounds suspect, as the duck should usually be prepared in front of the customer, and it did occur to me last night that there did not seem to be as much duck in the main course as one would expect. It was good and, unlike Hei Fung, they have the ducks ready to go, but for the price (55 per person), I was not blown away.

The restaurant is very highly rated in Zurich Geht Aus, which I have personally found to be a very reliable indicator of quality (as well as entertaining reading), and they are in the Guide Michelin...

As I said, I will be going back, I just won't bother with the duck.

We went to the Hei Feng yesterday. Picked Hei Feng first based on the reviews on this Chinese Restaurant thread . Think I should provide some of my reviews too. I am from Shanghai, China, have spent several years in the US and now am in CH lol. I myself cook very good Chinese food of different regions in China. So here is what I think of Hei Feng

Peking Duck is really good with the crepe, cucumber, onion?, and sauce. The duck soup they have with the two person meal is also good. But I don't remember having that soup in China. The other two duck meal: sweet and sour with pineapple and duck with sprouts are maybe adapted western Chinese dish lol.

We also tried some Dim Sum and ordered one Hu Nan Beef. Not very impressed by their Dim Sum selection, I think I will have to try some other places for Dim Sum next time (Zen for example and some in Zurich Zone 10...) There are so many adapted main courses on their menu that I did not know if I should order or not which actually reminded me of the menu from Beyond Restaurant. Because I was so impressed by Beyond. I think Beyond is highly recommended for some more authentic Chinese food (the real Chinese food menu they have.)

The interior design of this Hei Feng restaurant in my opinion is way too obsolete and a little bit not very appetizing... but I think at least the Peking Duck restaurants in Shanghai are usually in a more traditional way too. In some of them the reception ladies even appear in old Dynasty costume.

Need to try Zen maybe sometime next year and see. =)
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"Beyond" just behind the zurich HB, predominately Szechuan cuisine.

http://maps.google.ch/maps?hl=en&sou...ed=0CAoQnwIwAA

My wife who is from that part of the world loves it. Cafe type decor, always full of Chinese customers; good sign of good food.

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Beyond is great. I love it.
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Re: Chinese restaurants in Zurich

My friend from Szechuan recommended Beyond to me, but I was really disappointed with my dish. The taste wasn't authentic and it wasn't tasty at all. When I said something they told me that i'd ordered from the german menu. Next time with the right menu the food was ok, but not fantastic. So much oil that I could soak it up with a napkin. Perhaps that was a one-off.

I have tried the Dim Sum and a few mains at Zen. The food was great but the price was a little over the top for Dim Sum. The satay beef was good, so was the chicken hotpot, but the Singapore noodles were far from authentic and had Swiss-style curry sauce.

I tried a new fusion restaurant in Zug last night called Blinker The place was packed, service was great - all food arrived for the 6 of us at the same time. The spring rolls for starters were fantastic. I had the lamb shank for my main that had too much balsamic vinegar. The other dishes were better and the sushi looked great.
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My friend from Szechuan recommended Beyond to me, but I was really disappointed with my dish. The taste wasn't authentic and it wasn't tasty at all. When I said something they told me that i'd ordered from the german menu. Next time with the right menu the food was ok, but not fantastic. So much oil that I could soak it up with a napkin. Perhaps that was a one-off.

I have tried the Dim Sum and a few mains at Zen. The food was great but the price was a little over the top for Dim Sum. The satay beef was good, so was the chicken hotpot, but the Singapore noodles were far from authentic and had Swiss-style curry sauce.

I tried a new fusion restaurant in Zug last night called Blinker The place was packed, service was great - all food arrived for the 6 of us at the same time. The spring rolls for starters were fantastic. I had the lamb shank for my main that had too much balsamic vinegar. The other dishes were better and the sushi looked great.

Do you know how expensive is the Peking duck at Zen and Dim Sum? Also do they have a real asian/Chinese menu or more to the side of fusion menu?

I find beyond food quite okay. Last time when we were there only the sweet and sour pork ribs one was a little bit off.
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Do you know how expensive is the Peking duck at Zen and Dim Sum? Also do they have a real asian/Chinese menu or more to the side of fusion menu?
Another poster said that the Peking Duck is 120. Dim sum is around 14 per dish (4 pieces) up to 19 for the rice in lotus leaf (had chicken inside as well and was very big). Mains started at 36 up to 50 for beef. We would have spent a fortune if we tried to get full on dim sum, so we ordered mains as well.

Blinker didn't have a chinese menu, just fusion.
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So far, none of the dim sum I have tried here has actually impressed me. Zen's dim sum in my opinion, is only so-so - it is palatable, but it is certainly not THE best. In fact, I think it is considerably overpriced.

Having sampled dim sum in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and London it is apparent that the standard of dim sum here is lagging behind. The variety here is pretty much non-existent; and the quality and freshness is somewhat dubious in some establishments. In London, I can have a really fresh, filling, enticing and satisfying dim sum meal for three at (6-8 dishes with tea) for around CHF 60-80 at Royal China, which is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the UK capital.

The problem here is that there isn't sufficient demand for dim sum. Hence, the lack of variety, and subsequently, the higher prices. The Swiss have no idea about this aspect of Chinese cuisine - and I suspect few will have even ever had the real thing. Chinese food in Zurich lacks authenticity -most resturants serve dishes adjusted to suit the Western/Swiss palate! Zen is one exception to this - but again, to me it is only an average Chinese restaurant.
I really cant agree more. Zen is overpriced for dim sum. Having only tried the dim sum @ Zen and Suan Long so far, I have to say that the quality of dim sum in Suan Long is better and definitely less pricey.
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I really cant agree more. Zen is overpriced for dim sum. Having only tried the dim sum @ Zen and Suan Long so far, I have to say that the quality of dim sum in Suan Long is better and definitely less pricey.

Where is the Suan Long? I would like to have a try
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I really cant agree more. Zen is overpriced for dim sum. Having only tried the dim sum @ Zen and Suan Long so far, I have to say that the quality of dim sum in Suan Long is better and definitely less pricey.

Everything almost is EXPENSIVE in Zurich
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