March 3, 2011

Zucchini's


Zucchini’s is where the out of the ordinary and the good-quality food meets.

            I was searching for a good quiet restaurant in the Timog-Tomas Morato area where I can have late dinner with friends when Zucchini’s, which serves Modern European, showed up in my search tab. I was hesitant to try it since it’s expensive but when I saw the Baked Bone Marrow dish in their website, I just told myself that I have to try it!


            I like Zucchini’s ambiance. It’s quiet and serene and in low light, it feels somewhat soothing. Plus a very comfortable and spacious chair to sit in.


Complimentary Bread and Butter.



Baked Bone Marrow with Sea Salt and Arugula. P550.00. The Baked Bone Marrow is actually, the magnet which pulled me to try Zucchini’s. Bone Marrow is a staple in Bulalo or the Beef Bone Marrow Stew but I’m more than curious as to how Bone Marrows are served in other ways. So here.

            The bone is perfectly cut lengthwise, baked then served with Crostinis, a dip, sea salt and arugula. The marrow is the same as we know it, fatty and oily.  Though when paired with the dip, salt and crostini, it ascertains a new height. A definite hit in the Hors d'Ĺ“uvre category.


Margie's Salad (salad greens with crepes, asparagus, cambozola, pancetta, and fried soft boiled egg with maple mustard vinaigrette). P250.00. The pancetta or salt cured pork belly, is a surprise. I do eat pork but if I can avoid, I will. But Zucchini’s Margie’s Salad, the pancetta tastes good. The fried soft boiled egg (though it may sound odd), is as they say it, soft AND fried—and it goes well with the salad.


Tagliatalle Chicken, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion. P390.00. Majority of the restaurants I’ve tried failed to impress me with their pastas. Almost always, the pastas are bland or too tasty for my taste but with Zucchini’s, I’ll make an exception. The caramelized onions are to die for.


Australian Veal Cheek Risotto. P495.00. The risotto is creamy, just the way I want it. However, the Veal Cheek is a little too sweet for my taste. Although if we’re talking about the Veal’s texture, then this will probably give it a perfect score.


Zucchini’s gigantic wooden pepper mill.


Grilled Mahi Mahi with Stewed Tomatoes and Spinach with basil vanilla sauce. P720.00. The Mahi-Mahi is dry and plain. If not for the basil vanilla sauce, I wouldn’t have finished this dish.


Sampler Dessert. P550.00. I forgot the exact name of the 3 desserts in the sampler but it consists of small-sized Peanut Butter Pie, White Chocolate Cheesecake with Passionfruit and Mascarpone with Coconut Shavings and Orange Syrup.

My favorite of the 3 is the White Chocolate Cheesecake with Passionfruit. The texture is soft and grainy, unusual for a cheesecake but it tastes new and refreshing. Next is the Mascarpone and the least I like is the Peanut Butter Pie which tastes exactly like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


            All in all, Zucchini’s is a delightful surprise. I’m not fond of coconut shavings, mustard and pastas but in Zucchini’s, I’ve appreciated each of these ingredients. It’s just amazing.

            Truly, Zucchini’s is a hidden gem in the corner of Scout Tuason and Scout Castor.

Zucchini’s
20 Scout Tuason corner Scout Castor Streets
Barangay Laging Handa Quezon City
Metro Manila 1103 Philippines
+63(2) 415.55.33
+63(2) 376.58.96
Open everyday:
 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM;
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

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