I asked a friend of mine who’d been to Bistro Zebra what he thought of it. “I don’t know how to describe it,” he said, “but I think you’ll love it.” I was intrigued.
The menu featured a dish of the day for €15 (in this case, a simple satay and frites that my friend ordered and I tried – it was superb) as well as a bunch of other dishes that were somewhere between starter and main course sized, priced at between €9 and €14. Apparently it’s also possible to order a chef’s menu starting at €30, but we didn’t realise that till afterwards. (Looking back, this was clearly a case of too much sun and too many drinks, as it’s quite evident from the menu.)
First up, I tried a plate of marinated grey mullet sashimi with pickled (lightly fermented?) root vegetables and wasabi mayo. It was fresh and inviting from the fish, sweet and sour from the vegetables, with both heat and umami from the wasabi and the soy marinade. An excellently summery combination.
Still on my seasonal fish kick, I ordered the pollack next: it came with a heady mix of kimchi and sake cream that formed a rudimentary sauce for the udon noodles. Spicy, creamy and savoury – I couldn’t get enough of it.