There are two places in Zürich where people know me by my food order. I walk in, sit down, scan the menu for anything new until the waitress comes to take my order. Barely making a sound, she orders for me, knowing my favourites like the back of her hand..Panaeng Tofu, Papaya salad, Mango Ice Tea and a Sweet and Sour Sesame Tofu..or do you want something different for a change?
Oh it feels good to be famous..oh wait..I’m not. I’m just a sad little girl who likes to eat. The same food. Every week. Sometimes twice. For Lunch and/or Dinner. How about both? It’s just too good NOT to eat like a boring person…!
I feel sorry for myself just by reading the facts..but I justify my frequent visits by alternating between the two sister restaurants, Nagasui and Tiffins. I definitely don’t feel any better about my sad self, when at Tiffins I almost never change my order. It has to be a Panaeng Tofu with vegetables, hold the rice cause I’ll share that, with extra sauce, so I can eat it like a soup (and use up the leftover rice my fellow meal-sharer doesn’t manage ;)). Nagasui is similarly unadventurous, with my usual being what you can read in the opening paragraph.
Unadventurous is actually the wrong word: We’ve actually been going to these two particular places for as long as I can remember and have already tested EVERYTHING on the menu. 15.49 times. I’ve done the sweet and sour fried thing as a kid. I had my Pad Thai and Fried Rice carbo overload times as a young teen. I rotated through the 5 curries on the menu when I was in love with all things coconut. And when I thought coconut milk was fattening (I know, I know..I was very delusional…very sad) I nibbled on “lighter” vergetable stir fries..
The fact that I’ve been going there for, like, ever, gives me the courage to let them know when their standards have dropped and are suddenly no longer up to par (in comparison to previous years..), so if their curry is suddenly watery, I’m the first to tell them. The rice seems old? I tell them.. Too spicy, too hot, too …weird? I want it just right! (Goldilocks-syndrome..) (They are like family to me and never take it the wrong way :). I hope!)
Being a regular, I don’t want to give you a biased review. Because honestly, I will. The food is great, the places are great, the waiters are fabulouuuus!
So yeah..no, I’m not even going to try. Just go there. Order the papaya salad if you want something fresh. Try the Panaeng if you want to ruin all future Panaengs (it really is that amaaaaazing). And wave if you see me. I’ll wave back.
..Or no, on second thought I would probably forget I told you to wave, and look at you thinking, who is that smiling freak waving and giving me a thumbs up while pointing at their food…?!
Weirdness aside, if you should remember anything from this post, then it’s this: GO THERE.
That is all..
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo
P.S I’ve had this post typed up and waiting until I had the pictures. I’m not even going to mention to you how many times I visited the restaurant since writing the first draft, and not once did I manage to take pictures! Tonight, my mom remembered after we devoured the divine feast, and my father managed to snap some quick pictures of what was left…so I hope to update the pictures..eventually 😉