A welcome addition to Zurich’s restaurant scene, Aura comes from the same Asian-inspired stable as Taos, Asia and Indochine. Aside from a few oriental frolics on the menu, it’s the décor that pays homage to the East. Huge floor to ceiling windows partially covered by wooden shutters, stone clad walls, wicker lanterns, monumental twiggy sort of arrangements and an elegant muted palate of beige. Chic and playful in equal measure, Aura is a departure from the other restaurants around Paradeplatz and has quickly become a fixture on the lunching scene. Weekends are another matter, when the crowd is more driven by the thriving bar and cool club upstairs (also reviewed in Drink and Party). Foodwise, Aura can very from excellent to so-so. In the former category falls everything from the grill; delicate sole rolls on a lemon confit, perfectly pink steaks and tender lamb racks for example. In the latter, some of the Asian starters can be underwhelming. However, service is excellent and in the round, Aura is one of Zurich’s most exciting venues.