Nestled on Mt Alexander Road, Zara’s Kitchen gives you the overwhelming feeling of being in a friend’s kitchen, while they whip up a wholesome and nourishing meal. This cosy restaurant is brimming with delectable dishes inspired from a plethora of cuisines, ranging from moreish mains such as chicken parmigiana, panko-crumbed lamb and Indian curries, pizzas packed with fresh and tasty toppings and a very enticing desserts selection indeed. You’ll find this international culinary haven in Moonee Ponds, just north of Melbourne’s CBD. Just be sure to reserve ahead of time though, as Zara’s Kitchen is a local favourite, for a very good reason. Oh, and for those among us with a love of wine, this fabulous spot is fully licensed. BYO wine is also available.
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Service was top notch. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Friday night (our table and one other). Prices were very affordable. The food came quickly. Ultimately though, the food wasn't very good. My preschoolers had the fish and chips and they refused to eat the fish, I tasted and agreed with them. I had the lamb ragu parpadelle - good flavours but the lamb was in chunks whereas when I make a ragu it's cooked to the point it flakes and is spread through out the sauce, the pasta also just wasn't right. One of my step-daughters commented my spag bol was far superior to that which she received. If they could just find a chef that could cook I think they would do well.
The seafood glúten free pizza was delicious! And they also have a gluten free bread served with extra virgen olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start. Perfect service, as always, and an excellent coffee to finish.