Located in Bebington, ZUZU Bar and Grill has now opened after a long period of anticipation and the complete transformation of the old Lloyds bank into a fantastic new Turkish restaurant and bar.
As soon as you enter the building, the stylish décor, warm ambience and the scope of the building grabs you! A fabulous open barbecue grill (headed by Chef ‘Bersen’), open plan staircase, two dining floors, two bars, beautiful use of wood, sumptuous upholstery and an authentic Turkish feel and with upbeat traditional music playing in the background.
Greeted by ‘Jonny’ the Head Waiter, our party took a table in the upstairs dining area. The menu is extensive and varied, including a number of Turkish dishes which are not available anywhere else locally. The menu uses the highest quality ingredients and there are a number of sharing recommendations such as the ‘ZUZU fire-pit sharer’ which is a Chef’s selection of traditional cold and hot starters followed by chicken shish, lamb shish, Adana kofte, tavuk beyti, lamb ribs, served with traditional rice and salads. A full two course feast!
For our first visit, we opted for a selection of starters and mains. To begin – Feta & olives – simple in a lovely olive oil dressing – Whitebait – tasty, crispy and delicious, served with garlic dip – uncomplicated but well prepared. ‘Hellim sucuk’ – grilled halloumi cheese and a spiced ‘home made’ Turkish sausage. Great tasting combination. All our starters were served with delicious warm homemade Turkish bread.
For our mains we chose the classic ‘Kleftico’ – slow cooked lamb shank (which fell off the bone) served on a bed of creamed mash potato, braised carrots and celery – ‘Hydra’ – a pan fried succulent chicken breast with a white wine & mushroom sauce served with mashed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables – ‘Sirloin steak’ – a tasty sirloin steak cooked on the fire-pit accompanied with seasoned and well-cooked homemade chips, wild mushrooms, grilled tomato and the ‘ZUZU house sauce’ (tangy and delicious) – ‘Sultans mixed grill’ – a hearty selection for the meat lovers amongst us! – chargrilled chicken shish, lamb shish, Adana kofte, chicken wings and lamb chop, served with delicious rice, salads and an array condiments. All the meats were cooked to perfection with fabulous flavours – ‘Seabass’ – chargrilled on the fire-pit and served a bed of sweet potato puree & roasted peppers. A lovely fresh dish with a smooth buttery texture.
To accompany our meal we chose two lovely wines from the well selected wine menu, which were very sensibly priced and complimented our food. Carmenere (Chile) – with a full bouquet of oak & black fruit, firm but juicy palate. Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) – with rich tropical aromas of mango, melon & ripe citrus.
For dessert we shared the wonderful home-made baklava – layers of not overly sweet loveliness, cooked to perfection and which melted in your mouth! All served with a dollop of soft vanilla ice cream. Fabulous!
As a nice finishing gesture we were given an individual portion of Turkish delight and then indulged ourselves with a great tasting ZUZU shot! Naughty but nice!
Our entire experience at ZUZU was great from start to finish. The food was excellent and with the friendly and helpful staff, they ensured our evening was an unforgettable one.
With seating for up to 100 diners, the combination of great tasting food, good wine, a well-stocked bar, authentic surroundings, great atmosphere and excellent service, this makes ZUZU a great restaurant and bar destination on the Wirral. Booking is advisable.
Tel: 0151 644 1222
Address: 181 Old Chester Rd, Bebington, Wirral CH63 8NE