Went for a meal with 4 friends last night (Wednesday) and the place was ram packed. Not only was it full throughout the evening, it had over 3 seatings! This has to be one of the most successful restaurants in the country.
As everyone else says, RESERVE. If you don't you'll have to wait and you'll get sat on other people's tables (which will happen anyway even if you've reserved :)).
For those who have never been, the décor is nothing special at all, it's very simple, the wait staff are friendly but too busy to waste time chatting and the whole atmosphere is quite frankly organized chaos. That said, it is authentic and I absolutely love it. Far far better than pretentious clinical European chichi places that serve bland food in a bland ambiance by bland people. Ah Hua is the real deal, period. It is one of the places where Thai residents of Zürich dine when they eat out.
As the place is extremely busy, do not expect good service. The wait staff are friendly but they are simply too busy. And that's perfectly fine with me.
We ordered a round of Singhas, veg spring rolls and chicken satay for starters. The spring rolls are really nice, small and stuffed with well flavoured veggies. Unfortunately the satays were not good at all. Rather then grilled they had been fried and were dried out. But it didn't bother us as it was just a small starter.
For mains we had 2 duck & aubergine ped pad peds (red curry stir fry), a chicken massamun, a duck red curry and a veg red curry. Everything was exceptional, really superb. The curries were full flavoured yet not spicy, so that my wimpy friends wouldn't cry. Only my curry was hot as I had asked for.
Not only are the prices very low for Zürich (18-22 francs, I believe rice is an extra chf 3 each), the portions are enormous. I was the only one to finish my meal. Where can one eat such fantastic food in Zürich at those prices? Nowhere. Period.
As I am a chilli freak, I asked for their selection of chillie sauces and a tray of 4 bowls was brought to me; red chillies in vinegar, red chilli sauce, red chillies in fish sauce and dried red chillies. I was in heaven. Throughout the meal we kept ordering Singhas, I alone ended up having 6 in our 2 hour dinner :).
All in all this place is fantastic. You will never go wrong. And if by slim chance you don't like something, talk to the supervisor and he will sort it out for you. Don't expect gourmet as this place doesn't do it, but the food is exceptionally fine and to me, that is real fine dining!
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