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Zoilo

9 Duke Street, London W1U 3EG

£43.00 Argentinian Marylebone
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £84.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm

Square Meal Review of Zoilo ?

The name is slang for ‘wide boy', but there's nothing underhand about this smart new outfit from the owners of Casa Malevo. Comprising a long bar on the ground floor, with a fully open kitchen downstairs, Zoilo eschews the steakhouse format in favour of classic Argentinian dishes served as gutsy small plates. Start with intense deep-fried pig's head cubes with a quince dip, or a savoury hit of melted provoleta cheese with almonds and honey, before moving on to delicate, melting sweetbreads with onions and lemon, or spicy empanadas salteñas. Of the two cuts of steak available, the excellent-quality ojo de bife (rib-eye) impresses, despite its rather overpowering chimichurri sauce. Dulce de leche crème brûlée with banana-split ice cream makes for a winning finale, and the classy all-Argentinian wine list doesn't disappoint the well-heeled crowd.

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  1. Zoilo

    9 Duke Street, London W1U 3EG
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Monday, 16th June 2014

    London Zef :: Zoilo – Duke St, London W1U

    Zoilo has a central London location (just behind Selfridges), interesting looking menu and swanky premises. I like trying loads of different things, so a tapas style menu suits me. I like being pampered by friendly and attentive staff. I like having decent wines and cocktails to choose from; so why only a 3 rating? There really isn’t anything wrong with Zoilo, there were simply more dishes that I thought were okay compared to ones I liked (at this price point, I couldn’t help but be more critical). This meant that there were moments when I could really see myself going for more of the one dish. But, that kind of defeats the point in tapas where it is very tempting to order everything on the menu...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 18th May 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Zoilo

    Oxford Street is a hell-hole of tourist traps. You have to venture down the side-streets to come across the good stuff- like Roka, Berners Tavern and Aqua. But these restaurants empty your pockets and are best saved for a special occasion. If you’re after something more informal, there are few better places than Zoilo, just behind Selfridges on Duke Street, a discreet little Argentinian restaurant serving up great small plates and Argentinian wines at decent prices. Inside it has a very intimate vibe with a main bar counter on both floors to sit up at. Choose the one downstairs as you get to overlook the chefs at work, which is always ideal for a date when you realise you have nothing in common and run out of chat. There’s a good choice of wines by the glass or carafe, which in theory allows you to drink a bit less, but inevitably means you try three times as much. What I loved about tonight was that we weren’t handed a menu and told to order straight away...
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  3. Published : Thursday, 12th December 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Zoilo – London W1U

    When you first push through the heavy door, you are met with pitch black darkness. But the darkness is only fleeting. A smiling waiter soon pulls back the heavy curtain to welcome you in, revealing a long bar with counter seating and a trickle of bunker-back tables, enveloped in the warming glow of hanging bulbs and enriched with the soft murmur of relaxed conversations. I had waited a long time to come to Zoilo, but I enjoyed it from the moment those curtains parted. We perched ourselves atop the comfortable counter top stools and settled in at the long bar, running the length of the restaurant. Unprovoked, our waitress launched into a detailed explanation of every dish on the menu but no assistance was necessary – we ordered, and we ordered very well!...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    A Table For Two :: Zoilo

    Argentinians are famous for their steak therefore most “Argentinian” restaurants are essentially steak houses where you are expected to be served with a slab of meat and some great red wine if you are in a decent place. Zoilo does things differently. Established by renowned argentine chef Diego Jacquet and restauranteur Alberto Abbate, the restaurant sets to rejuvenate diner’s thinking about his country’s food through a fantastic showcase of its best food and wine right to our table...
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  5. Published : Friday, 13th September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Zoilo, Marylebone

    Zoilo is a little two-storey Argentinian restaurant about five minutes away from Selfridges. Zoilo is all about sharing and trying different dishes.. Argentinian tapas you could say.. I was lucky enough to walk in and get the kitchen bar seats...
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  6. Published : Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

    love2feed :: eat: zoilo

    Another new South American eatery has charmingly entered my neighbourhood in November 2012. Tempted by @wilkes888 and his glowing verdict of Zoilo during their opening week, I gathered the troops to Marylebone for a Saturday lunch. We’re here on a double date with our lovely friends from Australia, Bonnie & Will. Once you find your way through the mass of black curtain at the entrance, you’ll notice the long understated wooden bar that stretches across the length of the narrow room. This is the second joint venture by the team that founded Casa Malevo near Marble Arch / Paddington...
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  7. Published : Tuesday, 15th January 2013

    The Hedonist :: Review-Zoilo

    In the last couple of years Marylebone has become home to a number of significant restaurant openings. Donostia and Roganic have brightened up London’s food landscape and are now joined by Zoilo, the new kid on the block that is making considerable waves. Chef Diego Jacquet and his team at Zoilo are offering an alternate take on Argentinian food, showcasing a greater diversity of food and wine than the steak and Malbec that dominates the menus of many of London’s pampas pitstops. Small sharing plates are what is on offer at this sister restaurant to Jacquet’s other venture, Casa Malevo, which is situated in Connaught Village. There is steak on the menu but it’s not the main event here; instead you are presented with octopus, mackerel and sweetbreads, with sides of endive and pomegranate or beetroot and goat’s curd. It’s enough to make any self-respecting gaucho cry, but for the refined inhabitants of Marylebone it hits the spot...
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  8. Taking a pescatorian to do a review of an Argentinian restaurant might be regarded as foolish, but the press release for Zoilo claimed it would offer dishes that gave a ‘firm nod’ to Argentina’s plentiful coast so, off I set with The Hedonist. Diego Jacquet, the Chef Patron of this vibrant and friendly restaurant has put together a menu of authentic dishes inspired by the Asado. But this place is about a lot more than a steak, however wonderful that might be:)...
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  9. Published : Tuesday, 11th December 2012

    londonfoodaholic :: REVIEW: Zoilo, Duke Street, Marylebone

    The new face on the block is Zoilo, focusing on Argentine tapas, or sharing plates as they call it. It's exciting to get a new restaurant in the area serving up something different, especially as most Argentine restaurants I have been to always disappoint. The great thing about Zoilo is for the quality of the food you get, the prices are very attractive...
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