Blue Monkey – Zurich, Switzerland: In the middle of Zurich’s old city lies an oriental treasure, the Blue Monkey—a Thai Bistro and restaurant affectionately called the King’s Throne by the locals and a refreshing break from a constant offering of European cuisine.
The restaurant is divided into two areas the Thai Bistro and the Thai Heaven. The bistro is located on street-level and is more casual; the prices here are also a bit lower. The Thai Heaven is located upstairs and is designed to be more private and intimate, providing better presentation, service and attention to detail.
We dined in the Thai Bistro. The décor was austere with a few Thai paintings adorning the walls almost to the point of feeling like a cheap eatery, but the quality of the food more than made up for that as we would soon found out. They menu consisted of only a small selection of Thai dishes but everything I did try was excellent.
For starters, we tried their Po Pia Tod, which was deep-fried spring rolls with sweet dipping sauce and Tom Yum Gai, a hot and sour soup with chicken, mushrooms, cilantro, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, nam prik pao paste and chilies. For the main course, we had Kaeng Hang Le, which was northern style curry with meat, curry powder, lemongrass, ginger, shallots, shrimp paste, chilies and peanuts. For dessert, we had Khao Niaw Ma Muang, mango served with sticky rice and coconut milk.
The selection of wine was average but we were able to find a good white wine to compliment the meal, a Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. Service was decent but then again, there were just us and one other couple in the restaurant so I am not sure how it would be if it had been busy.
Over all the experience was quite nice but it still only gets a rating of somewhere between Bombastic and Not.