Zazu’s Kitchen review

zazuskitchensignOutside-365x313 I feel like I’ve had an on-off  relationship with Zazu’s kitchen over the years. I mean, when it was located at Stokes Croft I was just getting cosy with it. Then it moved. To Clifton.

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But it didn’t really get on with Clifton and so it came back. To the Gloucester Road, Pigsty Hill area. Here it had its signature shop sign

Zazu's on Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road
Zazu’s on Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road

– really an object of beauty in its own right, as well as a very attractive outside seating area – inviting and always busy.  And so my relationship started up again. But this proved to be a summer romance. Inside it lacked atmosphere.

So, imagine my joy when I heard that Zazu’s Kitchen was to be moving further down the Gloucester Road to bigger premises.

zazusimagesSince the move I’ve been there eight times, working my way through the brunch menu, and eight times I’ve been delighted with what I’ve ordered (apart from the coffee. For me it’s too weak).

On my last visit I opted for the granola and I was served enough granola and yogurt to feed a family of four.

‘I kid you not’.

gigantic granola
gigantic granola   £4.95

Beautifully almond-y with an apricot zinginess to it, it went perfectly with the vanilla-rich yogurt and I (wo)manfully kept on eating.  I was there for hours (two), nibbling, crunching , chewing and savouring the granola.

As for Eva, she can never resist the full English option and she was happy with her choice.zazu-s-kitchenfoodThe English breakfast with sausage, bacon, portabella mushroom,  plum tomato, spinach, poached egg, black pudding and toast(£7.50).

Chewing and chatting, we outlasted the delightful morning waitress, got to know the lovely lunch one and in the end had to call time only because Eva had a pressing engagement with…but I digress. Back to the service at Zazu’s.

Hassle-free, relaxed and attentive.

It really is a stand-out feature. On one near No-Room-at-the-Inn visit, the manager squeezed us in when he didn’t have to; another time he took time to recommend other places when we didn’t have time to wait for a table.

So that tells you how and why Zazu’s is doing so well. Often fully booked on weekends.

The food is good. The service is human and accommodating and the space is cool, comfortable and tasteful. Beautiful on the out- and inside, Zazu’s Kitchen really is a warm and welcoming place to go. And I’m lucky that it’s just around the corner!


Two stars and a wish

starability-clipart-clipart-star-2The food is good.

starability-clipart-clipart-star-2The service is excellent.

magic-wand-illustration-design-42155712Coffee could be stronger.

LINKFILE and ‘in their own words’

‘A local place to meet, eat, drink, debate, sit peacefully with a good book, send an email, catch up with friends, or enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine on the terrace and just be. All day long…Being a part of a local community is a key to who we are, and what we do.’


location 217A Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NN
0117 944 5500

prices affordable ( brunch £3.50 – £7.50, lunch £6.95 – £10.50,  dinner starters £5.75 – £6.50, mains £11.50 – £18.50, desserts £5.95-£7.50)

opening hours  Breakfast and brunch 9 – 3 (Mon – Sun)
Dinner 6 – 10 (Mon – Sat)

(other locations – Zazu’s Kitchen, 220 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1JD 0117 963 9044)

7 thoughts on “Zazu’s Kitchen review”

  1. You say it’s ‘affordable’. I say it’s expensive. I went on Monday evening with a friend. We just had 1 glass of wine each, and, as I didn’t have a lot of money on me I went for the cheapest dishes. The main I went for was a veggie cauliflower and pulse combo. Nice but so cheap to make. It came to £63 for 2. We’d not had dessert but we did have coffee. I think that’s a lot for an ok but not a great place. I’ve paid this at the Kensington Arms where the food really is much, much better. Won’t be going for an evening meal there until something changes. Service was good, I agree with that, but begrudged leaving a healthy tip after the bill (but I did all the same).

    1. Hi Fiona,
      That does sound expensive. Thank you for sharing this as it will certainly encourage people to check out the menu and prices twice before they go to Zazu’s. I went on a take-a-friend-for-free ticket and so that made it good value. They were doing an earlybird offer a few months back too. So it’s probably worth checking out any offers they’ve got on before you go again. Thanks again. Iz x

  2. Found this review thru a tweet. Went to Zazu’s on the back of it and had a great time. Cool place. Will go again. Thanx. Went in the evening and had a fab meal. Even better than expected.

    1. Hi Stella! It’s a good place to go – really relaxed atmosphere so I would recommend it. As for the cakes, I’ll give them a try next time and tell you what they’re like. Or, if you try them before me, you could tell me? Coffee and cakes! Here we come!

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