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SquareMeal Review of Zuaya

Silver Award

Savvy diners may have reached peak Peruvian, but this classy newcomer shows a broader view of Latin American cooking courtesy of Spanish chef, Francisco Lafee. His back story includes world-famous Basque restaurants such as El Celler de Can Roca, but this London outing features Mexican street food and hearty Brazilian stews, clever riffs on ceviches and tiraditos with prime fish and meat from the robata grill.

 

The cooking is ambitious, but supremely skilful and modern: try tuna tartare with crisp seaweed, avocado and a Chinese-influenced dressing involving hoisin, lime, garlic and ginger oil. Sea bream ceviche with Peruvian corn is served warm to contrast with sweet-potato ice cream, while Zuaya’s version of crispy duck salad involves slices of Ibérico duck in a super-light tempura with watermelon, raspberry and a sauce of cloves, fennel, cinnamon and Szechuan pepper.

 

Elsewhere, a mighty piece of sizzling grilled octopus arrives with smooth potato cream and vibrant chimichurri sauce, while chunks of suckling pork belly are served in a rich stew of Peruvian pepper, chillis and tamarind. For pudding, we suggest ‘quindim’, a medley of coconut textures presented in the shell.  

 

No expense has been spared on the interiors, with jungle foliage and a handsome cocktail bar of brass and marble dominating the ground floor. Downstairs is much larger, full of romantic details and cosy corners; also check out the peaceful outdoor terrace.



Good to know about Zuaya

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
South American
Ambience
Buzzy, Glamorous, Quiet conversation
Food Occasions
Afternoon eating, Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
People
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

Zuaya Also Offers

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Private Group Dining
Christmas at Zuaya
Christmas Parties

Location for Zuaya

35 High Street Kensington, London, London, W8 5BA

020 7938 3533

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Opening Times of Zuaya

Mon-Sun 12N-12.30am (Sun -11.30pm)

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