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Zabranos Restaurant review update, Leigh on Sea, Essex

This restaurant has changed a lot for the better, as the service was terrible in the past, so we are very pleased. The restaurant is smart and modern, yet comfortable, with both normal and bench seating. The only thing I could find wrong was a draft coming in as we sat near the door and bar area, but apart from that it was a great evening. The bar is a great asset visually to the restaurant and there is room to have a drink before you dine, which we did.

The atmosphere was great as well as the food. To start I had the ‘Grilled wild tiger prawn piri piri, flat bread & salad’ It was all great, except that I got something more like a ciabatta rather than a flatbread, but it was all delicious and the prawns were large and mosit. Michael had the ‘Pressed pork belly & spanish foie gras terrine with pickled mushroom, apple compote &sour dough toast’ which he enoyed.

For mains, I chose the ‘Pan roasted lamb rump with kohlrabi turnip puree, puy lentil, baby spinach and red currant jus’ and I will be back to have that again. The lamb was cooked beautifully, just as I had asked, and the flavour fantastic. All the accompaniments were just right and the whole dish was lovely. Michael had the ‘Zabrano beef bourginogne, braised cabbage, pearl onions,butternut squash, candied pancetta & red wine’ which he enjoyed, but he said he preferred my dish. I did try his though, and the beef was tender and sauce very good and I would recommend it if you fancy that sort of dish.

I will be back again now, and I am so pleased that they have now sorted out the staffing issues as it is a great restaurant to dine in and the chefs have always been excellent, together with the use of fresh, quality ingredients. The prices do reflect this.

(I will add the photos from our meal soon…)

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March 2010

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01702 476999

Restaurant address

127, Leigh Rd, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex SS9 1JQ

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moderate (£20-£30)

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