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When they charge you CHF 10 to sit at a window table: Restaurant Loy Fah (31. May 2020)

| June 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is really surprising how restaurants try to make money and I must say I do admire them for their creativity. When you book your table online, you can pick between different set menus (3 or four courses) which makes sense. What was surprising though was the fact that there is the option to book a table at the window – for an additional CHF 10.00 per person! For a group of four, this makes a solid CHF 40.00 so you just get to sit by the window. The really funny part about that though is the fact that all the tables but two were by the window.

In any case, the view is actually breath-taking, especially when you get to see the sun go down over Lake Zurich. The concept is nice as you get to pick from the menu what you want to eat and it doesn’t matter if you do four main courses or four desserts. The evening starts with “nuts in edible paper” which is great to get your palate started.

Thereafter, a small amuse bouche is served – “toro with tamarind sauce and tea”. And the funny thing is, when you stir the tea …

… it changes color.

I went for a variety of dishes like the “tuna tatar ‘Laab’ (fresh tuna tatar with spices from the North-East region Isaan, with crispy fried mushrooms and tapioca chips)” which did not only look lovely but was also great in terms of quality of the dish.

The “beef salad ‘Nua Nham Tok’ (medium-grilled Black Angus stripes, marinated with Isaan-herbs from North-East Thailand, spices, lychees and quinoa sticky rice)” was one of my favorite dishes as it had a nice intensity in flavor and the quality of the meat was great.

The “foie gras ‘Miang’ (foie gras bites, Thay style served in betel leaves, Thai herbs and sweet herbal sauce)” looked absolutely amazing. I mean, how lovely is this? The only issue with it was the intensity of the betel leaves as it pretty much overlapped the taste of the foie gras which was a pity.

The “pomelo salad ‘Yam Som O’ (Thai Pomelo salad with grilled sea scallops, toasted coconut flakes, Thai basil and tamarind sauce)” was a blast – not only because the scallops were perfectly prepared (not chewy at all) but also because the pomelo just has an amazing taste.

The “spicy Thai Basil ‘Phad Kaprao’ (grilled black Angus stripes, wok-tossed with green asparagus, mushrooms and spicy Thai basil sauce)” was great again as the quality of the meat was good but the spicy part was almost overwhelming so you had to make sure to not get too much chili on your fork.

I liked that it was accompanied by “three types of rice” as it offered a variety to combine the spicy sauce with different rice flavors and consistencies.

The “traditional duck curry ‘Geang Phed Ped’ (confit duck in Thai red curry with lychees and pineaple)” was not really served in a way I had expected it to be served (meat cut in pieces) but rather as a joint – which was great though as the flavor of the duck was intense without being too much and it peeled off the bone right away.

The “tiger prawns with tamarind sauce ‘Goong Yang Sauce Makhaam’ (grilled black tiger prawns marinated in Thai herbs, served with tamarind sauce and grilled zucchini)” were good too but frankly, to me, they were the weakest dish. In any case, still a very good one.

Finally, the “‘Phad Thai’ (traditional ‘phad Thai’ with crispy fried soft shell crab)” was great to look at as you get a whole fried crab which is quite unique – at least I haven’t seen that very often so far. And it was also good in taste.

Last but not least, the “chocolates” did the trick to finalize the evening with a little sweet treat.

While at first I thought the place was a bit snobbish, it turned out that it is actually quite lovely. The view over Lake Zurich is amazing and if you get a window table you really get to enjoy that view. The service is super friendly and attentive and makes sure you have everything you need at all times. The price for a four course menu is absolutely good – especially since the food is great and the portions are also quite large so you for sure won’t leave the place hungry.

The place is also atmospheric in terms of interior design and quite appealing when it comes to the entrance (see above) and bar area (see below).

The prices are fine too as you pay CHF 11.00 for a bottle of water and CHF 88.00 for a bottle of “Hacienda Monasterio”.

So, all in all, I can definitely recommend you to dine at the Loy Fah in the Panorama Resort & Spa – just make sure to score a window table and enjoy your evening. Booking in advance is highly recommended!


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Restaurant Loy Fah

Panoroma Resort & Spa

Schönfelsstrasse 3

8835 Feusisberg (CH)

Tel.: +41 44 786 00 88

Homepage: https://www.panoramaresort.ch/de/restaurants/loy-fah

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
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