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FATE has HORRIBLE FOOD. If you see any post saying the food is great they must work for the restaurant or have been paid to post. One post prior to me said positive remarks on the food but then continues to state the food tastes like "gasoline" can toxic substances tastes good in your food?

As a Vegan, I ordered the Fried Tofu appetizer and the Coconut Curry with Tofu. The tofu was too mushy and was coated in a tasteless breading. The Coconut Curry came close to tasting like a "fried dirty sock" (or at least how I would imagine a dirty sock in grease tasting???). It had one mushroom and one carrot chunk, filled mainly oversized triangles of tofu in a sauce looking close to vomit but less acidic. Overall FATE gets my approval for worst tasting food in the USA. And please know I am pretty forgiving and have ate at an extensive amount of restaurants since I was 5 years old from the East to West Coast and overseas! If you MUST go there or are ever forced, don't eat.... enjoy the location and interior which is the only good thing FATE has got going (a historic home turned into a restaurant).

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The food at Fate is fantastic! It has been one of my favorite places for a long time. However; Usually I like to change up my order a little bit and switch out some veggies, no biggy, right? WRONG! Chef/Owner Johnny Chu is very adamant about keeping the things on his menu the way they are. Don't try to get the flat rice noodles in another dish, because he won't even do it. It makes me sad, because the food is so great, but twice now I have ordered something that I always order, and it had a weird, almost gasoline-like taste to it. Then I was told it tasted funny because I switched mushrooms for broccoli. Yeah RIGHT!

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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.

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