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Published December 27th 2015
Update December 30th 2015
Please note this restaurant is permanently closed and no longer trading
Zootz is the place to be on those balmy summer nights
Update: Please note this establishment is no longer trading and is permanently closed
Zootz Kitchen Bar is a small eatery located in Henley Beach that serves up a nice array of dishes to suit anyone's tastes, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or even drinks. I found the menu to be quite extensive, with several options for any occasion or time of day. Ranging from light dishes such as soups, dip platters, oysters, or fries, to heartier meals like pizzas, pasta, burgers, steaks, salads and more. Zootz is perfectly positioned in the square, allowing you to sit back and enjoy an outdoor dining experience, whilst basking in the beach side ambience and the bustling atmosphere of it's visitors.
My partner and I opted for something light, as we decided to head out for the day to take advantage of the warm weather. I was extremely impressed by this place, after hearing some negative reviews, I couldn't point any faults to the food or service. We decided to order a few starters to share, as this is the best option for a light meal or quick bite to eat with drinks. I've always enjoyed sharing plates, tapas or anything of that nature, as it's more interactive, and creates a fun food experience for all parties involved.
We settled on the Bruschetta, which is topped with a lovely arrangement of smoked salmon and capers. You can't go wrong with a classic Bruschetta. It's filling, simple, and a cheap starter that's always bound to satisfy.
The Whitebait was equally as delicious, and I always recommend it if it's on the menu, particularly if you enjoy seafood. Whitebait are small fish that are lightly coated in flour and deep fried for a crunchy exterior. They're typical of European cuisine, particularly Mediterranean. The Whitebait are served with a tangy lime mayonnaise, which works as a nice contrast and element to the dish. What's a meal without Oysters? That's my perspective anyway. I always opt for a plate of Oysters, as they're extremely light, flavoursome, fresh and perfect on a summer's day. I prefer natural Oysters with lemon, however we decided to go halves and order a selection of both natural and kilpatrick.
The dip platter was satisfactory, but it's always a great option if you're dining with friends, as it's an easy choice that is likable by many and is guaranteed to fill the tummy in no time. The dips were delicious and are served with some crackers, if you happen to run out of pita bread; a generous addition to the plate.
Overall, I was happily impressed by the the experience at Zootz Kitchen Bar. The food was lovely, as was the setting and I can't particularly pick any faults. If you're looking for a no frills dining experience in a nice area, give Zootz a go. I'd say it's the perfect spot for a relaxed meal and drinks with friends. It makes a great starting point for a night out, as the beach is conveniently located a few steps away. Stroll down the jetty with an ice-cream or head to a neighbour bar such as The Ramsgate or Sandbar.