The restaurant belongs to the same owners who recently opened Alice Choo with a similar concept. Hato, which officially opened on 13th of November is Zurich’s latest culinary fad and has already made a name for itself. Of course, la bonne vivante ventured to the center of town to report on this new addition to Zurich’s gastronomic landscape.
Ambiance: Located in what used to be a Steakhouse and just steps away from Tamedia’s headquarter, Hato certainly found a prominent location. The interior, designed by Atelier Estimo delightfully combines a bar and dining room. The predominant color is a soft mocca brown which blends with the cream colored decor and matching curtains. To round it all off the restaurant staff is wearing traditional Chinese dresses. Hato manages to fuse an Asian vibe with a trendy and stylish décor. On a Thursday night, the restaurant is packed and the lively crowd is a mix of bankers, expats and couples seeking a date night out.
Menu: Hato’s menu is decisively Asian with a large selection of Sushi and Dim Sum and creative compositions such as yellow fin tuna sashimi with truffles. In addition, there is a large selection of warm dishes inspired by the Asian fusion trend. La bonne vivante can recommend the truffled pumpkin and sweet potato soup, an interesting mix of sweet and spicy aromas as well as the peppered beef. For those who fancy something lighter, the Teriyaki Salmon is a tasty option too. All main courses can be ordered with a selection of side dishes such as vegetables and varieties of rice.
The cocktail menu: Start or end your feast with a delicious cocktail. The bar offers a large variety of cocktail options. La bonne vivante loved can recommend “A Geishas Kiss” a fresh champagne-based cocktail.
Conclusion: Understatement? Quite likely a term which the owners of Hato haven’t yet heard of. If you are a fan of Asian cuisine with a certain bling bling and loads of see and to be seen then Hato might just be your new favourite hang out