Food: Excellent! Spectacular! Chef Johnny Chu is a master of Asian cuisine. His sauces seem to always have a perfect balance of ingredients. Rather than being a mix of flavors that communicate a single taste, his sauces have a complexity that deliver layers of flavors from the moment it hits your tongue, through the full melding of flavors as you chew, to the finishing sensations once you swallow. I know this description must sound like overkill, but I don't know if just gushing about how good the food is would do it justice. Eating at Fate is a taste extravaganza!
Price: Unbelievably low! For the amount and quality of food, I felt guilty for paying so little.
Atmosphere: Great! Fate is in a used-to-be house in an older neighborhood in Central Phoenix. The small space is intimate and cozy. Art house do-it-yourself decorating gives the place a personal feel, like you have been invited to dinner a a really cool friend's house. Modern alternative music mixed by a live DJ compliments the artsy feel of the place.
Service: Great! The staff was quite attentive despite the fact that they were very busy. Our waitress was impressive as she described the special for the evening and answered all of our questions about items on the menu. You could tell that she loves not only working there, but eating there too.
Overall: The location isn't the greatest and there isn't much parking other than on the street about a block away. Otherwise I would give Fate a "10". Food, atmosphere, service--they have it all dialed in. I have eaten there many times and often take friends visiting from out of town there. Despite the location, Fate is a not-to-be-missed destination.