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ZUNI Restaurant and Wine Bar, The Best Restaurant in Greenbelt?

Zuni Baked Lamb Lasagna

Location: G/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City (across Greenbelt Chapel)
Official Website: www.zuni.com.ph
Facebook: Zuni Restaurant and Wine Bar

A glimpse at Zuni in TripAdvisor and it’s listed #14 out of 902 restaurants in gastronomic-filled Makati City. Not only that, Zuni is best known for being the “Best Restaurant in Greenbelt”. With the likes of Chef’s Quarters in Malate and Duo in Serendra, Nand Prasad brings Zuni to everyone with best mediterranean inspired cuisine with exceptional customer service.

Zuni’s menu ranges from rib-eye, angus beef, to seafood topped salad dishes and pasta, and the price point is that of Myron’s and Felix, also present in Greenbelt 5. The service is impeccable, matching its usual expatriate customers and the lax, older demographics. I myself found the service attentive and better than Myron’s, who in many occasions served wrong dishes.

The environment spells classic fine dining though aim to reach you in an approachable level for your business engagements, but none of the ultra prim Chateau 1771. I think for lovers, Zuni could be a venue for your anniversaries, but for those who aim to impress, Chateau 1771 is the choice.

Zuni French Onion Soup

Famished, I chanced upon Zuni’s French Onion Soup, opting for this over the Tomato Shrimp Bisque, to know their capabilities. French Onion Soup is usually a good benchmark.

Zuni French Onion Soup

While this gratineed style soup thickens with croutons, Zuni’s French Onion Soup fell flat to my expectations of Greenbelt’s Best restaurant. I recall my French Onion Soup back at Chateau 1771, served puffed and mysterious to penetrate. The type of cheese doesn’t matter but with great difficulty managed to drink my French Onion Soup.

Zuni Baked Lamb Lasagna

While I would love to try out their Lamb Goulash and the Foursquare popular Tessie Tomas Salad topped with salmon and shrimp, Zuni’s Baked Lamb Lasagna caught my eye. My affection for pasta and cheese didn’t falter in Mediterranean cuisine, and “goat cheese” were words that would immediately activate my taste buds.

Zuni Baked Lamb Lasagna

The serving size is large and fit for more than one person. Though small in depth I had to wonder if Zuni kept much pasta within it and how the lamb was executed. Ground Lamb as it turns out filled my every taste. As I am not fond of lamb (or the thought of lamb being slaughtered), the meat is too much in Zuni’s Baked Lamb Lasagna, the cheese forgotten. I had to remind myself that it is goat cheese and not mozzarella cheese as it moreover tasted. Goat cheese has to be crumbly though melted and the taste rich in every bite. Unfortunately I didn’t find it in Zuni’s Baked Lamb Lasagna. Zuni’s Baked Lamb Lasagna would have done well, had the pasta been more vivid and goat cheese (never mind melted) had been embedded in every layer.

Zuni Baked Lamb Lasagna

Isn’t that what lasagna’s purpose serves? Layering? Interestingly, Zuni’s cuisine seems to be challenging my thinking rather than enjoying my plate.

As expected, I left chunks of ground lamb.

Overall Zuni’s Mediterranean fusion concept is not failing, but it could not be named as the “Best Restaurant in Greenbelt”. I believe Chateau 1771 could very well fight for this crown. There needs to be more improvement at this veteran restaurant. A little bit more and it would have been impressive. I look forward to my next visit soon.

ZUNI Restaurant and Wine Bar Rating:

Taste and Originality: (2.5 / 5)
Customer Experience: (3.0 / 5)
Value for Money: (2.5 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (3.0 / 5)
Average: (2.8 / 5)
Vhalerie Lee
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