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ZuZu! review (albeit late)

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ZuZu! review (albeit late)

Sarah | Feb 5, 2003 11:58 AM

Went to Zuzu about a week and a half ago, and didn't get round to telling about it.

In sum: really good, really solid food.

It was I who was looking for a 'middle eastern joint' and we ended up here instead of being more exciting.

First, bitterly cold night, and annoying to park in Central Square. We went for a parking lot a few blocks away. But it also meant the restaurant was a little chilly, as well! Their drapey velvet thing wasn't working so well to keep the chills out of the dining room.

We were there around 9:30 on Friday night; it wasn't too busy, and our server was really nice, but a little forgetful ... more on that.

There were three of us; we ordered first the mezze pupu platter. Whipped garlic was exactly that. I could have eaten only that for dinner and been happy, but that would never do! Plus, our waitress forgot to bring us bread ... even after being asked twice ... so I had to move on to solid food. The kibbe mishi -- lamb in kibbe -- was yummy and moist. The lamb kebabs were super -- you get a choice of chicken, lamb or beef--and i was pleased with our choice. Not overly seasoned, but well cooked: not overdone, and juicy. The word "moist" keeps springing to mind for everything described so far. Baba ganoush was also on the platter, along with harissa to dip the (eventually appearing) bread in as well. Not as piquant as I like, more cuminy, but a nice sharpness on the platter. We also ordered anas soup, which was comforting but had a nice sour touch to it ... it wasn't a monotone of lentil, but more complex.

So far, so good. And our main courses were nice as well: grilled calamari in a spicy tomato sauce; rock shrimp on felafel in a similar tomato sauce; a pretty blah fattoush salad, though, was the low point. It just didn't have much to recommend it -- though I suppose it never really does. Can't remember much more about the main courses; my salad paled in comparison to the appetizers, but the other main courses were nice. Couldn't even entertain the thought of dessert!

So. Hope this wasn't too vague ...
again, in summation -- i will definitely go back, and rely on the apps to sate me, maybe taking the soup as a main course.
enjoy!

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