Break bread at Zo
By Claire Keet
28 August 2012
1 Hauz Khas Village.
Ph: +91. 99111.85007.
Meal for two approximately Rs 2,000.
Even the most stringent travel itinerary can’t withstand the need to break from schedule when the Indian summer gifts a sudden monsoonal downpour.
Luckily, Hauz Khas Village’s boutiques and restaurants welcome all – wet or dry. Breaking schedule to nip into Zo in an effort to escape the rain was the best decision of the day. With restaurants opening in Hauz Khas Village every day, it’s hard to distinguish new from old, but in a larger context, Zo is still a relatively new kid on the block. With beautiful Mediterranean-inspired decor, an ambient playlist and, its prime attraction, a scrumptious menu, Zo is already a firm favourite in this ever-evolving neighbourhood. It strikes a tricky balance between being fabulously swanky and unpretentiously welcoming, and Zo's lunchtime diners are a refreshing mix of the ultra-glam local and the slightly scruffy (and on that day, rain-soaked) visitor.
My grilled chicken pizza hit all the right spots, a balanced combination of well-seasoned chicken strips, smoky roast garlic, sweet caramelised onions and salty morsels of melting feta. Dessert starred the best chocolate brownie I have ever eaten, and I've eaten many. Studded with walnuts, lathered in rich chocolate sauce and served with velvety vanilla ice cream, this is indulgence at its best. Zo is reasonably priced, although you would do well to keep the exorbitant tax inclusions in mind when you order.
With its impeccable service and delicious food, Zo inspired a second visit for afternoon coffee. Served piping hot with delicious biscotti - two pieces if you ask nicely - the cappuccinos are wonderful. The dining room is fresh and light, but Zo’s opulent lounge area has dark leather couches that are the perfect place to relax, take stock of purchases and plan the next step on that itinerary.