West Block spot brings on the Mediterranean flavours
By Steven Sandor | March 28, 2023
Located in West Block Glenora, Zula Kitchen + Wine Bar is an offshoot of the downtown mainstay, Sofra Authentic Turkish Cuisine.
With loads of natural light streaming through the windows, and an ’80s music playlist that makes you feel like you’re part of a John Hughes script, Zula was a place that almost seemed familiar, even though I had just walked through the door for the first time. There are plenty of cocktails to choose from and an extensive wine list — but I drove to the restaurant, so I had to go with a non-alcoholic option. But, lucky for me, Zula is fully on the “fancy non-alcoholic drinks” trend, and the Strawberry Iced Tea, with rooibos, lemon juice and a splash of soda, was refreshing with just the right touch of sweetness.
The menu definitely plays on Sofia’s great Mediterranean vibe, but with burgers and steaks on the menu, there’s a nod to the space’s dual purpose as a lounge. But I wasn’t here for a burger.
I started with the lentil soup, and this wasn’t nearly as thick or chunky as you might expect. It’s really a nice puree, with a hint of spice from the chill oil. It really was a nice, light start to the meal.
But, things got serious when the Mini AAA Ribeye Kebabs showed up, served on a bed of arugula with a mild dipping sauce. The kebabs are cooked with paprika butter, and the charred bits were bursting with flavour. The cubes of bite-sized meat were easy to eat (not always true with a kebab) and were tender inside. There was just enough salt in every bite, then the richness of the steak kicked in.