I like revisiting the places I have been to before, especially if the gap has been sufficiently long (and 10 months is long enough). This gives me the opportunity to gauge longevity, consistency and innovation, three integral parts of running a food enterprise. Though Zura is quite standard for me when it comes to dessert, the only dish I ever order is the Cookie Sundae, it has a cookie dough base and comes out really well. I don’t always order main courses there. This particular day was dedicated to their Mango Festival. Mangoes are quite a rage around the city so it’s fun to see the innovations kitchens come up with year after year. In that respect, Zura had a fairly impressive spread to celebrate the season of the ‘mighty mango’. Why I feel they have upped the ante, is because they have actually gotten better. Maybe it’s a change of staff or the fact that it’s full through the week; whichever it is, works well for the brand!
We started with the Mango Shake (145) for my seven year old companion and a Mango Margarita (400) for me – both received full marks; well blended, fresh and mango-y. The selection for the starter was based on the dip that was served with it – Fish Fingers with Spicy Mango Tartare (325), delicious; I enjoyed the tartare twist so much that I replicated it at home as well. For the main course we had the Chicken Breast Steak with Mango Cilantro Salsa (525), a slightly predictable combination but well done nonetheless considering chicken breast is one of the hardest meats to cook. Also, when I noticed my seven year old enjoying these ‘grown-up’ dishes I thought there was truly something delicious going on.
Zura has many things working for it. Enough space, very well maintained washrooms and the combination of bar-bakery-diner, which means everyone is happy. Their deals on pitchers and cocktails seemed to be quite a hit, though I wish the bakery was more active. We went back a week later for a round of cocktail pitchers and I’m happy to report it was a fun, comfortable and delicious evening.