Meal courtesy of Zizzi’s
Written by Verna, published by Steph
If you live in the UK and you haven’t heard of Zizzi, then you should get outta here!
I must admit, I did not have a great last encounter. However, that was almost 4 years ago, and when I looked at their menu online I decided to put everything aside and trot along to the O2 Centre, in Finchley Road, London, for another attempt at trying to rekindle my relationship with Zizzi.
The menu had a fresh look, clear layout, with the summer menu catching my eye
What I wanted to try out at Zizzi were some of their “healthier” options. For I am a health fanatic and eating out sometimes bothers me with the unknown calorie content and undisclosed nutritional information. Though things are different at Zizzi, there were several options that were tailor to people like me, and they were under 600 calories. *GASP*
Hence, after managing to convince my friends of my idea to try the low calorie dishes, we decided to first treat ourselves to a platter of starters, with some cocktails of course.
From the above, you can see how photogenic the Cicchetti Sharing Board is. There were various pieces of squid, mussels, chicken skewers, arancini balls, olives and bread with three dips. Our cocktails were also lovely, we ordered a coconut water (not featured), a Peach Melba Fizz and a Pink Gin & Tonic. I particularly liked the Pink G&T – it tasted refreshing and also ridiculously photogenic!
We shortly moved to the mains with healthy dishes however, I was already pretty full from just the sharing board. There was a King Prawn Linguini, a Seabass Cartoccio and a summer special Pollo Fresca Salad.
Zizzi is doing an increasingly good job of making their food look presentable and appetizing. I loved how the seabass was served, in the parchment paper on a wooden chopping board. The rustic look was right up my streett!
Taste wise, it was actually better than my expectations, since they were pretty low for the number of calories they served. I was secretly expecting bland tasting food, but actually everything was seasoned well, the fish was tender, prawns not overcooked, and the salad was also a hit with my friends, and we soon polished off the three dishes in no time.
On top of that, the service we received was adequate albeit a little slow. There were occasions where we had to make extra effort to attract a waiters’ attention.
With fifteen different food offerings available at the O2 Centre, Finchley Road, you’re spoilt for choice! If you don’t fancy dining at the delicious Zizzi’s you can choose from restaurants such as, Wagamama, Byron Burger, Tortellini Cup or Yo Sushi!