Went to Zipe Zape last night it just opened last week in the space that was Nar on the corner of Berry & Metropolitan. Nar had been owned by the Allioli people, yet the kitchen didnt seem to turn out the same quality and certainly not the same value. I think one of the Turkish sisters who are now owners of Zipe Zape was involved in Nar too. But Alliolis chef left them to come here and its now a totally separate venture from anything connected to Allioli, and clearly competitive. (So whos in the kitchen at Allioli?)
Anyway, the food was great. The bar is very different than Allioli: an authentic tapas scene where you can buy (very salty) tapas that are displayed in glass cases on the bar, by the piece to go with your beer/drinks. Speaking of which, the wine & beer list is small and not so strong, but the corkage is $15 so you can always bring your own. We didnt really look at the drinks menu at the bar but I know they have a full offering of cocktails.
We had sizzling little chorizos (chorizitos?) -- not slices from a big sausage, but individual-sized ones like the pigs in pigs in a blanket, in (of course) a very garlicky oil, they were spicy and delicious. We had (hot) baby new potatoes in a Romescu sauce, yum. Fried bites of Chilean Merluza (a hake, not sea bass) that came with fabulous french fries really creamy and fluffy inside with a crisp skin covered in herbs & salt -- and a side of Romescu and aioli for dipping both fish & fries. That was really, really good! And a dish of very thinly sliced pork loin served (4 of them individually) on pieces of bread like open faced mini-sandwiches, with a kind of onion jam between the bread and the pork. At this point were stuffed, and yet .managed to lick the plate clean. Theyre not offering dessert yet but we had Manchego with apple and pear and a drizzle of membrillo syrup (not paste, Ive never had the syrup before). Frankly I prefer Alliolis version of this with a little bit of basil or mint. Those 5 dishes were about $35, and it was more than enough food for 2 people.
The prices are less expensive than Allioli and they have a much larger tapas selection, but they also dont offer any big plates. I think this is going to be winner!
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