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Zucca Greek Mezze Restaurant

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by Kathryn Page (subscribe)
I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published October 9th 2011
One of the best ways to dine is on the water and it doesn't get much better than at Zucca Greek Mezze Restaurant at the Glenelg Marina.

Doing the dinner and movie date the opposite way around, my man and I arrived at 9pm and found the restaurant still half full (although most patrons were salivating over the dessert menu by then).

There are plenty of dishes to choose from and the best way to eat here is in mezze or sharing style. Unsure of the size of each mezze, we were informed by the very helpful staff that four to five dishes would be plenty for two. Of course, the more people, the better as you can taste more dishes, but four were so filling that we had to skip the tempting desserts we'd seen fly past us out of the kitchen.

We began with a trio of dips with pita bread. It sounds like a standard starter but it was so delicious, I would have gone home happy! The pita bread was warm and smelt just like a pancake as it had just come off a hot plate with a sprinkle of herbs and salt. We dipped the pita triangles into tzatziki (with a hint of dill), eggplant (which was still lumpy - just how I like it) and a feta and roast capsicum dip. So enjoyable were the dips that we brushed off the pita bread and no sooner was the waitress at our side offering an extra plate of it.

Trio of dips

Our next dish was grilled haloumi cheese with tomato and mint salsa. I chose this dish as I am in love with haloumi, its rubbery, squeaky texture and divine saltiness. I was however extremely disappointed as this type was not salty at all, just rubbery. As the dish was quite hearty with five large slabs of the cheese, I found myself enjoying the rocket with a squeeze of lemon on which it lay.

Haloumi cheese

Lastly we ate grilled spiced Greek sausage with pickled lentils and saganaki cheese and moussaka, which is like lasagne but made from layers of sliced eggplant and potato with minced meat and topped with bechamel sauce. While I usually prefer vegetarian dishes without being a vegetarian, the sausage was the winning dish. Thinly sliced on an angle, the sausage lay over what I renamed as 'salt and vinegar' lentils and the cheese tasted as bland as the haloumi yet saganaki isn't known to have a salty flavour. The mousakka is what I had initially come for. Having devoured an enormous slab of it in Greece, I had high expectations. This one was the perfect size for sharing and the béchamel sauce was the perfect melt-in-your-mouth consistency.

Sausage (left), Moussaka (right)

Moussaka in Greece

The mezze dishes aren't cheap at $17.90 a plate, which is why dining with a group would bring the cost down, yet this isn't the type of restaurant one is likely to visit every week. It calls for a special occasion, ours being our 2 year anniversary. Overall, the mood was romantic with dimmed lights and tasty morsels. Next visit, perhaps for a weekend lunch, I would definitely reserve a seat either overlooking Glenelg beach on one side or the marina on the other.
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Why? Nibble on tasty mezze plates while overlooking the water and you could think you were in Greece
When: Open 7 Days, lunch 12-3pm, dinner 6pm-late
Where: Shop 5 Marina Pier Holdfast Shores Glenelg SA 5045
Cost: Mezze plates $17.50, mains from $30, desserts from $12
Yumm that food looks amazing!! Coming from a Greek background, I eat this all the time - but you can't go past a nice, authentic restaurant like this one!
By Anonymous
Sunday, 16th of October @ 03:38 am
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