Disclaimer -- I went with the owner's cousin (who didn't know we were coming). I met him and his wife and baby this time.
I'd been here before a year and a half ago (owner/chef was not there) and liked it, but I was blown away on Thursday. It was busy and spot on. The flavors were crazy good. I had the beet salad with apple, blue cheese, and I think red onion. I had a similar one at Za over the summer (owner was not there then, either, and didn't know we were there), and this one was even better. The yellow tail tuna special with potato salad, runny tapanade and artichokes was out of this world. And the chocolate rasperry trifle special which was more of a parfait was too good. My friend had an endive salad with goat cheese and ham to start. She had the beef tenderloin with out of this world mashed pototoes. I didn't try the beef. She had the apple crisp for dessert. She said it wasn't warm. I was too busy bogarting my trifle to try her dessert. Last time we went together she had something called the pig pile, I think, but I didn't see on the menu this time. I had the chinese box in the past. My dish this time far surpassed it, and I quite enjoyed the chinese box. The couple next to me raved about the duck duck goose.
I should try the tasting menu next time. If you go and you've not been there before you get showcases of the menu. If you have been there, then you get something new. I'm excited for my next time there.
Next time I go to Za I will order off the menu instead of concocting my own pizza. Chef is great at combining flavors.