Zazu's Kitchen relocated recently from modest premises on Stokes Croft to a more upmarket establishment on Gloucester Road. The premises used to be the much loved Bistro La Barrique, which apparently couldn't make a sensible profit there, although they still operate near the Theatre Royal in Bath. Zazu's has an ambitious menu that reaches for the high end of fine dining. We had Friday night dinner for two. The scallops for starters were close to perfection and in fact the most sophisticated dish we chose. The pigeon breast was perfectly cooked, the sauce was delicious and the parcel bed was very clever -- but somehow it lacked wow factor. The same almost-wow applied to our main courses. Chris's mussels in a smoked haddock flavoured broth were lovely but just slightly too bland. My bream was very nice but not spectacular. We shared a chocolate desert with orange sauce. It was heavenly. We downed an OK bottle of Rioja. The bill came to around £64 -- which was reasonable considering the quality of both the food and the service. The latter was excellent. Zazu's is competition to the nearby Robin Hood's Retreat gastro pub. We will almost certainly go again, but request the owners to provide more comfort -- the tables are cafe rather than restaurant quality and the chairs hard and uninviting.
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