Think Argentinian food and most minds immediately turn to steak. However a visit to Zoilo will demonstrate deliciously what a disservice London’s Argentinian restaurants have been doing to their native cuisine by focussing solely on the cow.
Indeed, Zoilo’s owners actually made their name through their own steak focussed restaurant when they opened Casa Malevo to critical acclaim back in 2010. Fortunately for London’s restaurant scene, their second venture sees a genuinely exciting new approach to Argentinian cuisine by showcasing the country’s regional cuisine.
The restaurant sits on two levels, with the ground floor providing a warm and relaxed bistro style. Head downstairs and you’ll be thrown into the thick of the action, with diners seated along a long bar that looks directly into the open kitchen.
The menu takes its inspiration from the concept of ‘Asado’ – the traditional sharing style of dining – so is largely made up of smaller plates for the table to explore. From crab and calamari to steaks and sweetbreads, the concise menu offers something for every palate. More importantly, pretty much every dish we tried tickles and delights the tastebuds.
For example, Empanadas are the finest we’ve had in town, with rich crisp pastry and deeply flavoursome fillings, whilst the Fried pigs head are wonderful morsels of soft pork that you’d fight your grandmother for. Continue to work your way through the menu and you’ll delight at dishes such as Mackerel escabeche, Garlic prawns with pork belly & chorizo and Wild mushrooms with poached egg & white beans. Even desserts prove to be a triumph, including a truly decadent Dulce de leche crème brulee with banana split ice cream. The wine list keeps things interesting too, with a list consisting solely of Argentinian wines, many of which are available by the glass or 375 ml carafe.
Food style: Argentinian
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £55
9 Duke Street
London W1U 3EG
Tel: 020 7486 9699