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“Zest is as zest does.”
Review of Zest - CLOSED

Zest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$23
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Contemporary, Cafe
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Zest is an informal licensed cafe/restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in a modern Australian and Mediterranean style. We take pride in using the freshest ingredients to cook up creative dishes. Our wines are sourced from Orange, Mudgee and the Central West and we use our very own coffee blend, which is roasted in the Blue Mountains. All our cakes and desserts are (also) house made. Serving Breakfast (8am till 11.30am) and Lunch (12pm till 3pm) seven days a week and Dinner on Tuesday till Saturday from 5.30pm
Reviewed 29 April 2013

How many Zest restaurants are there? And how many don’t live up to their Zesty image? Well here is one chef who has accepted the challenge to put that zest into his menu. Guy Nathan’s Zest restaurant at Leura is well worth a visit.

There were 4 of us so we decided to share the entrees. We later realised that we had made a great decision! Balsamic mushrooms, grilled marinated haloumi, patatas bravas (a Catalan dish of smoked paprika and chilli coated fried potatoes with aioli), gambas pil pil (tiger prawns in olive oil, paprika, garlic & chilli) and just for good measure squid and chorizo with lemon & herbs. So many unique flavours gave the Chef a chance to show his wares and he triumphed. Incidentally all the entrees are available from 4pm so if you want a post-Leura Mall afternoon snack then this would fit the bill.

The wine list is proudly local. But given that local includes Orange and Mudgee then it’s a good list covering all bases. We settled for a Windowrie Reserve pinot gris from Orange. Beer and cider are available too. BYO is available.

For mains the boys chose the Paella Mariscos (seafood) and the girls chose Scallops in champagne cream sauce on linguini. The paella was just a little too spicy for my palate but for those with a stronger constitution it may well be just right. The champagne cream sauce was elegant and provided a delicate dressing for the scallops.

The dessert tasting plate for 2 was a great way to finish up, ginger & lime infused panna cotta, strawberries with a decadent chocolate sauce and peach & coconut crumble with cardamom ice cream. Although the Baileys affogato did get a run too.

There was one last surprise. Marshall Williams the Chef who treated us to such fine fare is definitely one to watch. He is only 18 and yet has such an understanding and control over his flavours and presentation. We will be going back as there are a few entrees we missed and some mains still to tempt my palate.

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Thank 4tripcrit7
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

Have been to Zest again today for breakfast. It is always enjoyable and has a nice buzz and friendly staff.

The breakfast menu has some imaginative suggestions and we chose the Zucchini Fritters $18 and the Shakshuka with Halumi $19. The fritters which had a nice flavour of cumin came topped with sour cream. The Shakshuka was baked and consisted of tomatoes, onion, paprika and capsicum with two eggs and halumi on top. They also have the regular brekkie offerings of bacon and eggs.

My coffee drinking companion had a mug of flat white $4.90 and said the milk froth of the coffee is of high quality with fine bubbles. I had a chocolate milkshake $5.50.

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1  Thank Trish M
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

Looking for lunch in Leura (Blue Mountains, NSW) then go no further than Zest! Small, comfortable, full of ambience with great, friendly, efficient staff and then there is the food.

Walk in the door and be welcomed with a big Hello and a Menu even after passing one on the street entrance then water to the table straight away.

Try the Falafel plate and the Pulled Pork sandwich - both fantastic. For something a little more spicy, the Shakshuka is really good. This is a cafe from Newtown or Paddington or Surry Hills transported to Leura.

What a great little find for lunch two days in a row - a bit of Zest in Leura.

Thank PaulLouSydney
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Went to Zest on a busy Sunday morning. They were happy to squeeze in our table of six, even though they were nearly full.
Food came out swiftly, as did the drinks and everyone was happily surprised at the quality of both.
I had the zuccini fritters and thoroughly enjoyed them!
We will definately be back next time we return to the Mountains!

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Thank Dazzafinesse
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Recently dined at this wonderful little hidden restaurant at the bottom of Leura mall after hearing raving reviews from friends. After being warmly welcomed and seated we quickly felt relaxed and 'at home' after skimming through the menu I couldn't look past the paella (which I had been told was too die for) and my husband the scotch fillet steak marinated in harrissa, and after no more than 15 minutes we had our meals, and the were both Devine as anticipated! The paella rich of paprika and tomato and lottts of PERFECTLY cooked seafood was outstanding and my husbands steak perfectly medium rare with a wonderful combination of vegetables. For dessert we shared a heavenly lush chocolate and orange pudding with the creamiest home made ice cream I've ever eaten. (you have inspired me to try and make my own!) The atmosphere in the restaurant was perfect the lighting, the soft playing music and the chatter of the restaurant all came together along with the food (and wine might I add!) too make this one of only a handful of restaurants In the blue mountains to provide an excellent dining experience without the need to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Great to have something different as well not just another modern australian restaurant! 10/10

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Thank Jennyf1968
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