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Argentinians are famous for their steak therefore most “Argentinian” restaurants are essentially steak houses where you are expected to be served with a slab of meat and some great red wine if you are in a decent place. Zoilo does things differently. Established by renowned argentine chef Diego Jacquet and restauranteur Alberto Abbate, the restaurant sets to rejuvenate diner’s thinking about his country’s food through a fantastic showcase of its best food and wine right to our table.
Tucked away a stone-throw away behind Selfridges, Zoilo is the perfect hideaway for an intimate dinner or catch up in the heart of Central London. The quaint, low lit restaurant is split over two floors hosting a long bar and a few tables on the ground floor and a fully open kitchen in the basement. The restaurant isn’t large and quite dark in its decor, nevertheless creating the perfect hideaway on a cold and wet London day.
Sat by the open kitchen, we started off with a carafe of Bordeaux as recommended by our overly eager waiter. As the bottle of the day, it made for some excellent drinking without breaking the budget, although it clearly wasn’t memorable enough as we didn’t write the name down. What Zoilo is truly exciting for though is the food, meat to be more specific and we’re not just talking steak. Served in sharing portions, the menu is definitely one worth exploring. The grilled rump of lamb, broccoli, red quinoa & anchovies truly melts in the mouth with a wonderful explosion of flavours and textures. We couldn’t resist trying Zoilo’s “asado” a mouthwatering steak served with celeriac and bone marrow. It’s as rich as it’s sounds but perhaps the only reason you might need to visit the restaurant. Eyes larger than our stomach, we also tucked into a freshly baked empanada; chicken, grilled peppers,shallots & cumin stuffed pastry pillows which give the humble pasty a run for this money. The menu isn’t particularly cheap but don’t let those sharing plates put you off as consistency definitely plays a key role in these smaller portions.
Zoilo is clearly a meatlover’s paradise with very limited choice for those on the veggies (or watching their weight for that matter). Each dish is worth a taste and paired with a good glass of red, creates the perfect combination for one of those mid week catch ups with friends. For those with a bigger appetite, we hear Zoilo’s sister restaurant Casa Malevo is also a pretty good bet!
9 Duke Street