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I was going to have lunch with my brother one day and he wanted Italian so we decided to go Zambuca, taking advantage a 1-for-1 promotion. It was a 4-course lunch for $28++ that makes it sound like a really good deal for 2 people. But alas, the food was nothing to shout about really, and the portions were on the small side, even for a skinny epicurean.

The complimentary bread roll seemed to be an interpretation of the foccacia. It was soft and had a mild herb taste. It was not too bad but I looked forward to the first course, which was a small bowl of mixed greens with artichokes and cherry tomato, slightly overdressed in a simple oil and basalmic mixture.

The second course was soup. That day, we had chickpea and tomato soup. The soup was slightly viscous and studded with plenty of whole chickpeas. I thought it tasted a little like canned tomato soup - a little too heavy on the salt that covered the pure sweet taste of tomato. But it was still a welcoming dish as the day was quite grey and cold.
After the soup, the tummy was primed up for the main course. I had chosen the barramundi with mash and vegetables. The dish had 2 small fillets (each piece had a length of ~2 inches at max?) that was panfried to a crisp. I thought the fish was not particularly fresh. The mash actually tasted quite delicious at first but soon, I found it a little too buttery to finish them all. There must be obscene amounts of cream and/or butter in that bit of mashed spud.
The dessert of the day was a passionfruit parfait. It was erm, not very smooth with icy bits although fortunately it was not extremely sweet so I still ate about half of it just to cleanse the palate a little.

Ending the meal was a choice of coffee or tea. The lunch was not exceptionally great to justify going out of the way to eat at Zambuca. I guess that would be my first and last time deliberately lunching there.

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JY said…
I went to Zambuca for dinner last month with my dad, the a la carte dishes were very good, I love their signature porcini mushrooms risotto! Think it's perhaps some restaurants skim on their dishes when it comes to set lunches? The desserts menu was quite unexciting so we didn't have any desserts.
M. said…
Yeah, I have a feeling the set lunches are pretty pathetic. But personally I feel restaurants should not have such differing standards between set lunch and ala carte/dinner.
brad said…
eh, so its a 4 course lunch for 28++. and one for one? so one person pay 14 yeah?

need any credit card or whatsoever?


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