I am always so excited to visit a new restaurant, but our recent visit to Zim Braai took that to a new level. Not only was it a restaurant I hadn’t visited before, it was also a cuisine I had never really experienced.
Zim Braai is a multi award-winning boutique restaurant group based in Dorset with restaurants in Bournemouth and Poole. We visited their Ashley Cross restaurant and I was absolutely blown away, not only by the food but the lovely atmosphere and brilliant service we received.
Zim have created a truly authentic African menu using traditional flame cooking methods over Braai & Potije (Grill & Pot).
On arrival we were greeted by friendly staff; my first thoughts were just WOW, the interiors are absolutely stunning. The attention to detail is superb. It was nice and quiet, as we were there for lunch so was in my element snapping away.
I love that they had a little stall selling some dressings and seasonings because trust me once you’ve tried the food you’re going to want it again and again!
Zim has a great cocktail menu; we were in for lunch so stuck to the mocktails which were delicious too! As I said, it’s not a cuisine I am familiar with so we left a lot of our food/drink choices in the hands of our waiter and I am so glad we did. He had a great knowledge of every single dish and gave us great recommendations.
To start we went for some small plates to share. We had; African chicken skewers, slow cooked ribs & Sadza bites. Sadza bites are little balls of cheesy deliciousness and became my new favourite thing in just 1 bite – simply incredible. I highly recommend.
For our main course I went for the Durban beef curry served as a bunny chow, which if you don’t know means served inside a loaf. James went for the low and slow beef brisket which is served in a brioche bun. Where ever we go you can guarantee he’ll order a burger of some kind. This one did not disappoint, I probably would have had some food envy had my own not been so delicious! Both dishes were bursting with flavour; my curry definitely had a kick of spice to it which I love but if you’re not a spice lover you can just avoid the chillies!
We also had Elsie with us who smashed through the chips like nobody’s business.
I know what you’re thinking, surely there was no room for dessert. Well no there really wasn’t but did we get one anyway? Hell yes!
I went for the Koeksisters which is a popular South African sticky doughnut they have hand made locally. They were divine, not too heavy after a big meal but that little kick of sweetness you sometimes need! James ordered the Cape brandy pudding which was equally as good and Elsie made sure not a drop of ice cream was left over!
Our visit to Zim Braai was superb from the food to the service and atmosphere I really cannot fault our experience. Check them out and book here https://www.zim-braai.co.uk.
*Our meal was complimentary for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.