There are two things that don’t spell good news for Zaza. First, Bandra’s new favourite watering hole, Quench, proudly flaunts a filled bar through its see-through glass doors. Second, Zaza’s decided to skip the liquor. Very ambitious, indeed! The manager with a ready smile ushers us in.
Zaza has two sections — a fine dining area and a sheesha lounge. We are early, the music isn’t on, and a lone fly is buzzing on our table. Although clutter-free, they’ve taken the word ‘minimalistic’ too seriously. You wonder why the wooden chairs are covered in golden leather, why there are galaxies in the paintings on the wall or the sort of ambience the purplish blue concealed lighting is trying to create.
Still confused, we place our order for starters: Chilly Prawns (Rs 185) and Margarita Pizza (Rs 125). Our one drink, watermelon juice (Rs 99), comes with no ice. Impressed, we dig into the steaming prawns and find them soft and tasty. But the limp pizza dough disappoints.
It takes three tissue papers to soak up excess oil from one single Hara Bhara Kebab (Rs 125)! Last, our Fungi Delight Pasta (Rs 235) with non-crispy garlic bread reminds us of the pasta we rustled up at home last weekend. Perhaps you should try their Mughlai cuisine; its wider variety gives hope to vegetarians.
The sheesha lounge is puzzling: is it a drawing room or a waiting lobby at an inn? If you overlook the décor, you may savour their food after a long night of drinking at the cool bar next door.
Where: ONGC Building No 2, Bandra Reclamation
What’s on the menu: Mughlai and continental cuisine
What we like
The staff and service
Fresh prawns, fresh fruit juice
What we don’t like
The depressing décor
Pizza dough, oily kebabs