Za Za Ta
ZA ZA TA is an exotic oasis within Fortitude Valley's Emporium - a Middle Eastern restaurant and bar serving dishes unlike anything else in Brisbane in a splendid setting to match.
The stunning decor is Alhambra palace meets Raffles Hotel, with a touch of Marrakesh, spread over several rooms and featuring velvet lounges, leadlight doors, tessalated tiles and rattan bar stools
No visit to ZA ZA TA's restaurant should be attempted without first having a drink in the colonial, chic bar, with its opulent furnishings and candlelit tables. To the rear, there's a feature that looks like a stage with a curtain, behind which is 'the library', another stunning drinking lounge with backlit shelves of exquisite pottery and elegant couches and armchairs.
Here, you can sink into a plush chair and enjoy a glass of artisanal wine, a colonial-inspired rum from ZA ZA TA's curated collection, a Mediterranean-style gin or a creative cocktail, infused with Arabian spice, indigenous botanicals and Queensland citrus.
The palatial dining room is the perfect back-drop for the food menu, which is unlike anything served at other Brisbane restaurants, and which brings a unique taste of Tel Aviv to the table. Here, centuries-old tradition gets a modern twist, using local ingredients to create a delectable menu designed to share.
'Nibbles and Snacks' include the likes of fried goats cheese pretzel with house lamb bacon and yolk aioli or wagyu bits, pickled sugar loaf cabbage and challah toastie, while 'Raw and Cured' offerings are yellow fin tuna, persimmon, alted yoghurt and dill oil or ocean trout nayyeh, pickled okra, wild rice and Yarra Valley roe,
From the 'Small to Start' options, there's beetroot pastrami, crispy smoked rye and horse radish; Yemenite butter bread, goats curd and zhug chilli; whippe hummus, a balone mushroom shawarma and potato pita bread; or beef cheek and silver beet dumplings with caramelised yoghurt and turnip.
Dishes that are a 'Bit Larger' include charcoal short rib, bullhorn & coriander jus; golden snapper, chraimeh freekeh and butter poached celeriac; or lamb neck, merguez stuffing, mint and purslane salad.
There's also a selection of veggie dishes to choose from, ranging from Schmaltz potato, burnt crème fraîche and harissa oil or slow-cooked saffron Maghrebi veg and green freekeh to wood-fired cauliflower shawarma, pickled fennel and 23 blood orange.
Can't decide? Then choose one of the 2 feasts (minimum of 2 people) from $65pp (Feast 1) to $79pp (Feast 2) and be treated to a chef's selection of dishes.
ZA ZA TA
Ovolo The Valley
1000 Ann St