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Zoya: a brief (and ephemeral?) report

nja | Mar 1, 2006 06:24 PM

Recently there was a good thread about Zoya--the new resaurant in the old Midori Mushi space--that noted their $6 corkage. I decided to check it out last week and while preparing to report discovered that that thread is gone. I fear that the few factual replies from people that appeared to be friends of the owners might have blacklisted it from these boards. So I'll be briefer than usual (a relief to all, I'm sure) because I expect this will get deleted and my time wasted. 'course I've probably wasted, and an wasting, more keystrokes on saying that I'll be brief than actually being brief, but then I'm that way.

In short: if you like the New-American/Modern-Californian cuisine at places like Range or Myth, I think you'll like Zoya. This is even more true if you like to bring your own wines. For some reason that style, and those restaurants, is boring me these days so I wasn't overly impressed. Zoya and the others aren't flawed or bad, it's just a style that for some reason isn't satisfying me. For comparison, I think Myth is the best, Range an obvious notch lower, and Zoya a hair below Range but compensates with its corkage. The asparagus salad and short ribs were best and recommended. The "garlic bread" and orange-fried Dungeness weren't too great and not recommended. Corkage is graciously welcomed, $6, with good Spiegelau glassware. Their wine list is about a dozen bottles. Most nights it's jammed packed from 6 to 7:30, then half-full and mellow after the nearby shows start. Room is very small and cozy, with most of the tables set closely together along the continuous bench seat that rims the outside wall. Staff is as nice and as friendly as can be.


Link: http://www.zoyasf.com/html/lunch.html

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