Visited Zea on the recommendation of Tripadvisor and was somewhat disappointed on arrival to learn that it was a casual chain restaurant....
We got off to a bad start with extremely poor and slow service likely brought about by the fullness of the restaurant with an overcapacity waiting lounge to boot. The appetizers that we sampled being the tortilla crusted crab cakes, tuna sashimi stack and spicy wok seared edamame were all simply mediocre reminiscent of any run of the mill casual restaurant chain.
Then came the main courses: the "twice cooked crispy duck" was exceptional and as fine as one could indulge in anywhere in the world even in the finest of five star culinary European establishments and the like. Having sampled duck in some of the finest restaurants throughout the world, Zea wasn't merely on par, but surpassed them all with extraordinary flavour and cooked to perfection with virtually no remnants of fat. Similarly, the "southern fried fish" was also top notch as were the accompanying roasted corn grits.
The service lacked, but the main courses made it a restaurant decidedly worth a return trip!
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