Located next to the twin vegetarian pillars of Shiv Sagar and Sarvana Bhavan lies Zamozza. One can clearly tell the selective menu is a real labour of love. Largely continental, with some Thai elements, each dish is painstakingly and lovingly described. The dishes are priced according to their surroundings. We begin with the Chicken Nam Phrik and the Chicken Piri-piri, along with a Swiss Fondue. The first comes in the form of chicken morsels tossed in a thick inchoate sweet and sour sauce, accompanied by fried basil; the piri piri like any medieval villain comes hung (in this case from a skewer), its smokiness allayed by a zingy salad and soft, cloud-like pita breads. Together, they make for a formidable entente. However, it is the swiss fondue that is the coup de grace; with gherkins, day old bread and cocktail onions dipped in a luxuriant Swiss cheese bath, it makes for an almost Roman festivity.
For our main course, we again go for a duality of cuisines, with a Thai Red Curry with chicken and the Seafood Risotto. The curry comes accompanied by steamed rice and a sort of kachumber of marinated finely chopped onions. With an aromatic velveteen gravy and tender morsels of chicken and dessicated bits of galangal, the curry and rice get along like a house on fire with the kachumber (sorry but it is the best word) adding a welcome third dimension.
We devour it like a Nolan film. The risotto is as captivating; springy prawns and squid swim in an ocean of saffron scented arborio, inviting you to dive in and partake, which we do, taking to it like a fish does to water or dipsomaniac to drink. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Finally surfacing, it’s time for dessert. Requiring a pick-me-up after all that browsing and sluicing we settle for the tiramisu. Except that it’s not really settling in this case. Richer than a farmhouse owner, with thick lashes of espresso and kahlua, our meal couldn’t have ended on a higher note.
Meal for two: Rs 1800 (including taxes, excluding alcohol)
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