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I’d never heard of ZaZa Bazaar until a few weeks ago when three people told me how totally amazing it was all in the same week! ZaZa’s definitely sounded like a place I would love to eat and I knew I had to check it out. Even better, it was located in my most favourite place of all - Bristol.
With patience not always being my friend I eagerly booked a table, babysitter and deciding to make a weekend of it, a hotel. Oh, and then I told my fiancée!
Having not yet spied the interior of the restaurant through the upstairs windows as we entered, we were fully in for a surprise. We arrived twenty minutes early so sat in the downstairs bar sipping on an iced strawberry cocktail whilst we waited, dreaming of the luscious food and experience we were about to encounter.
Upstairs was just as tremendous as we had envisaged. Cool artwork plastered the walls whilst impressive collages of lampshades hung casually from the ceiling. There were six stations in total; Indian, Tex Mex, European, Far East, Deli & Desserts.
Even being a vegetarian I was incredibly spoilt for choice. I don’t even know how my meat-eating partner was able to make his selections. Everything looked absolutely mouth wateringly scrumptious and it tasted it too. I seriously had the best cheese and tomato stone baked pizza I have ever tasted, along with the most perfectly cooked tofu buried in the most flavourful curries I have sampled.
At first we were disappointed to learn you could only have your table for 1 hour 45 minutes. But with no menu to pick from and the food fresh and waiting for you to scoop it up, we were starting to feel pretty full within the first hour. We managed four plates of food and had to admit defeat. Being too stuffed to go anywhere else we rolled back to the hotel where a deep food filled sleep quickly engulfed us. So much for a night out whilst we had the chance without the kids!
ZaZa Bazaar is unlike any buffet I have experienced. I would usually be put off by a restaurant buffet with images of food left out for long periods, food not tasting fresh or drying out on the hot plates. This is all not so at ZaZa’s. Authentic chefs are right there in the middle of each station freshly preparing the food. It was so busy the food tasted fresh as it was not lying around for very long. Special requests could be made and recipes tailored to suit your tastes so an even fresher personalised meal can be experienced. The concrete floors, buzzing atmosphere and array of neon light up signs fool you into being at a fantastic street food market in the Far East.
My only negative would be most of the desserts weren’t suitable for vegetarians, but I was able to have a ginormous slice of chocolate cake!