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3 September, 2013

Zoilo: A Taste of Argentina in London

Posted in : Food, London, Restaurants on by : Reema Tags: , , , , ,

The London food scene is bursting with Latin American flavours this year. From the Peruvian cuisine at trendy Coya to the incredible fusion at Sushi Samba, we are spoilt for choice with some fantastic dining options.

The latest on my list of favourite London restaurants is Zoilo, a lovely little Argentinian restaurant by renowned chef Diego Jacquet and Alberto Abbate. The duo also run Casa Malevo, another popular Argentine restaurant in London.

Zoilo

When I think of Argentinian cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is steak! Which is exactly why I was quite surprised when my friend, Jen (a strict vegetarian!), invited us to her farewell dinner at Zoilo.  Just one look at the menu was enough to convince me that Zoilo was going to be a very special meal, with or without the meat. 😉

menu

We were seated in the beautiful, private dining room at Zoilo and served a selection of small plates from various regions of Argentina as part of Zoilo’s sharing menu. Here are some mouth-watering highlights from Zoilo!

provoleta

 

An Argentine specialty – Provoleta. Grilled provolone cheese with toasted almonds and honey. Delicious.

crab

 

My personal favourite: Crab on toast topped with avocado, turnip and aioli. Yum.

ravioli

Another Zoilo favourite with an Italian influence: Broad bean and ricotta ravioli with summer mushrooms and parmesan.

beetroot

 

Roast and pickled beetroot, goat’s curd and candied peanuts (‘garrapinada’)

porkbelly

 

Prawns sauteed in garlic, caramelised pork belly and chorizo. Wow.

fries

Chips ‘Provenzal’ – Excellent but sadly,  I was too full from the rest of the meal to enjoy the chips.

creme brulee

Never too full for dessert though! 😉 The Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee at Zoilo is DIVINE. Definitely one of the best desserts I have had in a long time and a perfect end to our Argentine feast. 

Zoilo has a very relaxed ambience and the spectacular flavours accompanied by a great selection of Argentinian wines make it a wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend it!

Zoilo

9 Duke Street, London W1U 3EG (very close to Selfridges/Oxford Street)

020 7486 9699

www.zoilo.co.uk

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