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|Address:||184 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ|
|Tel:||020 3463 0551|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £26.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -3.30pm) Tues-Sat 6-10pm|
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Zucca is hard to book – its not quite as bad as Scott's or The Ivy but in its own way its on a par; the online option is hopeless, at any normal time you'll be looking weeks ahead and even phoning up several days in advance is normally met with an offer of tables either very early or late. But in this case it reflects the fact it’s very popular (rather than being absorbed with its own self importance), and relatively compact, so there is always a stream of people wanting to go – and I fully understand why.
As other reviewers have commented value for money is brilliant – starters at around £4.50, mains at £12-£15, desserts I'd be guessing as bizarrely there is no dessert menu (more of which later), but add wine and water and three of us ate for £96 – though that didn't include the really excellent service.
Service is right up there with the best in London – things just happen, quickly and with absolutely no fuss. Rather than get a single waiter throughout whoever is passing deals with whatever needs doing, so plates are cleared, glasses refilled etc almost instantly. The only disappointment, and I’m not sure whether it should really be included under service, is the dessert menu – or lack of. Having eaten two courses (starter of pasta with artichokes – a warming taste of pure sunshine with slivers of silver artichoke, followed by a bit piece of roast salmon on a bed of peas, mint, courgette and broad beans – tasted wonderfully fresh) dessert was ordered via the waiter reciting a list of options – personally I like to have a bit of time to think, not that the eventually choice of blackberry and almond tart wasn't perfectly fine, just I’d like a bit of paper to read whilst making my choice and interestingly all of us either took the first or last option offered, showing how poor our recall is.
The venue is relatively small, tables are quite close and it gets a bit noisy when full, but high ceilings help and everything is clean and smart, all be it that the white plastic chairs are a bit uncomfortable.
Overall it’s a good option, hard to book but worth the effort. I will definitely be going back.