Fat Chow is a newly-opened, licensed restaurant at the Pointe (west) which claims to specialise in Cantonese cuisine. It doesn’t. It is, however, beautifully decorated both upstairs and down but in a style which curiously, I felt was more punk Japanese than Chinese to me. Like all the licensed eateries at the Pointe, alcoholic beverages are only served upstairs. A give-away to Fat Chow’s ownership, it is one of the very few Chinese restaurants I have come across which also serves shisha. While the good weather lasts its two-tiered terraces offers the opportunity to dine under the stars in full view of Atlantis.
Fat Chow’s menu offers much promise but little else. I cannot remember that last time I was so disappointed with a Chinese restaurant.
Its Dynamite Prawns does not come remotely close to PF Chang’s and portion size for the price is disproportionately small. We ordered half a Peking Duck as our second starter. Of course, it arrived with our mains and would have been a hit if the pancakes weren’t raw and rubbery; the duck (and crispy skin) though was perfectly cooked.
The Beef Oyster (stir-fried beef strips in oyster sauce) was tepid in temperature and tasted of blandness stir-fried with cornflour. Adding insult to injury, the wrong-grain steamed rice which it was served with had far more flavour than the Vegetable Fried Rice I regretted ordering. But it was the Soft Noodles Chicken which took top prize for inedibility (that’s the polite way of saying it was ugh!). I would dismiss my chef and burn my kitchen down if something like this passed through its door. I think it was perhaps the worst dish I have had in all my years as a reviewer.
The fact that I got sympathy from one of our two Burmese waitresses and then again from their Filipina hostess, Teresa shows the effort I went to in highlighting the nightmare of a meal we had. Instead of the sad eyes and pouted lips these lovely ladies offered as compensation, I would have preferred them to knock the more offensive items such as the noodles and fried rice off the bill. We ended up paying a whooping AED800 (with tip) for a meal I would like to forget as quickly as possible. The only reason I will not give this restaurant a 1 out of 5 on Zomato and Trip Advisor is because of the effort the staff put in to looking after us. So, if you are at the Pointe and looking to have a good Asian meal, I recommend you try Asian District or the amazing Chuan a few doors down.
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