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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