Zucca opened last year on Bermondsey Street, London Bridge (also home to Jose, Village East and a number of other good pubs, bars and cafes). It's had rave reviews from critics and bloggers alike, praised for reasonable prices, use of seasonal ingredients and consistently good food.
After a delicious cocktail in Village East, (some of the best in London in my opinion, well worth stopping off here for an aperitif), we headed across the road to Zucca.
The restaurant is a Daz-doorstep-challenge-white, contemporary space largely reminiscent of an art gallery. Flashes of orange are a reference to the name - zucca means pumpkin in Italian.
The complimentary bread selection went down a treat, served with grassy olive oil. My favourite was the salty focaccia. We were also treated to a small plate of a sort of potato and chilli omelette/tortilla.
First on the list was a generous chunk of creamy mozzarella, with a sort of courgette stew, spiked with capers and liberally dressed with olive oil. Delicious with the bread and could be shared between two.
|Mozarella with courgette and sorrel|
On to the mains. There are six choices, priced from £14.25 to £14.95, with no real need to pay for extra sides (which, by the way, is a pet peeve of mine, as it often pushes prices up to ridiculous levels)
I went for the grilled sea bream with cannellini, potato and romanesco. This was a flavoursome, substantial, rustic dish. The fish was perfectly cooked, with a lovely crispy skin.
|The star of the show: veal chop|
The pistachio tart, although lighter than it appeared, was still something of a heavyweight choice. Lovely flavour with a delicious short, buttery crust. Definitely best shared.
All in all, Zucca is a fantastic restaurant and I'm highly jealous of anyone who can call this their local. And it was a resounding success with the Italian, which is high praise indeed.
**Sorry the photos are a bit rubbish. Camera phone, dim lighting blah.