After hearing plenty about this place I had to finally try them out at their swanky new location. I popped by Saturday for a quick lunch after a look over the menu. I was actually expecting higher prices but they were fairly reasonable, pizzas around 13 bucks, pasta dishes for around 13/14 dollars but more on that later.
I was dining alone and quickly got a seat by the window from the friendly hostess. My waitress arrived shortly after I sat down with a menu and to take my drink order. I asked about a beer that I never tried and she offered to give me a sample. As it turns out the beer was not to my liking so I ordered a brew that I knew.
While waiting for my beer to arrive another server brought by some crusty bread and a small dish of olives. The olives were very nice, the bread not so much. The bread was very crusty, a thick , chewy almost hard crust to it that made my teeth hurt. I really think they should review the bread they are serving.
I ordered the gnocchi and when it arrived it really wasn't anything I expected. First off, it seemed like a very small portion. The gnocchi came in a sort of spinach gravy type thing that was okay but not really what I had in mind. The gnocchi was tasty enough, I ate it but would of preferred a tomato based sauce, my bad for ordering the wrong thing.
This was a busy place for lunch on a Saturday. I had a feeling my waitress was slammed with customers as she took much too long to bring me things like the bill. Wasn't impressed with the service.
I also wasn't really impressed with the table set up. I was sitting alone for lunch but halfway through my meal a young couple arrived at the table next to me and you are literally sitting right with them, just inches away. This is really not my cup of tea. I would of loved to of finished my lunch in my own little space but what can you do, that is the set up of this restaurant.
The new building Zambri's is in is quite impressive, a beautiful space. As for Zambri's itself I found the new space nothing special at all, although I look forward to a warm summer afternoon in July enjoying lunch and a bottle of wine on their patio that looks onto Yates.
Although not what I really expected I will be back.