It’s rare the Divas end up at dinner without the usual entourage. Lately, we’ve had events and restaurant openings to fill our blogging schedule, but on one particular Thursday night, we were invited to Zibo Griffintown for a solo Diva dinner. And even though we work together, it gave the Divas a chance to talk, gossip, commiserate about our poor dating decisions and, of course, plot.
Zibo Griffintown is a large chain restaurant, and although chains make us weary, we were curious to give them a try. When we arrived, their 5 à 7 was in full swing at the bar, with what looked like a good venue to pick up. Of course the Divas were more interested in the menu, as food is guaranteed satisfaction, so we didn’t pay attention to any potential new mistakes at the bar. We started with cocktails, the Zibo Mojito was bright and full of mint but the Blue Tonic fell short, tasting too much of soda.
Our waiter recommended the two appetizers that we chose. The salmon tartare was different from your typical French tartare. Served with a wedge of lemon, the salmon tartare was mixed with coriander, sriracha and tempura. The tempura made it unique, the coriander added to the freshness and lightness of the appetizer and the sriracha added the right amount of kick. It was also topped with pea shoots for sweetness and served with croutons.
A generous portion for an appetizer, the beef carpaccio was served perfectly at room temperature. Topped with spicy arugula, there was a minimal amount of balsamic drizzle, which we appreciated; just enough to enhance the taste of the meat and not drown it. We loved the parmesan shavings which added a touch of saltiness. The beef itself was cut very thin, the slightest of sears on the outside and the center was red and raw. Delicious!
The lobster ravioli is not something we would have ordered on our own but we were pleasantly surprised with the results. The pasta was filled with chunks of lobster, the lobster bisque sauce was rich and thick, and filled with more lobster and sliced mushrooms. It is definitely a filling dish and not something to simply dismiss. It was quite good.
The pizza arrived at our table, glistening with promise but fell short. And maybe it’s because we’re spoiled with fantastic pizzerias in Montreal, but we’re tough critics when it comes to one of our favourite foods! The crust was thick, the toppings plentiful but there was too much balsamic for our liking, and it made it too sweet. The mozzarella was decent but something was missing, something a touch more Italian or authentic. We wouldn’t return to Zibo for their pizza.
Our waiter came back to our table and said we looked like the kind of girls who do shots. Who are we to refuse? He returned with a tray of shots, along with the manager and we toasted to our night. Our dessert was next, the apple crumble with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. This is definitely an autumn dish. Plenty of stewed apples were topped with a crispy crumble. The vanilla ice cream melted slightly on the warm crumble and the caramel sauce added a little decadence. Warm and comforting.
Zibo has five locations, including Anjou, Boisbriand, Brossard, Laval and Griffintown. It’s a great spot for a 5 à 7, to watch a game on one of their big screens or for a fun, casual night out with friends. The menu is large and while we’re not proponents of menus that try to cover all the bases, there are definitely some great dishes at Zibo. Next time you’re looking for a place to eat, consider Zibo, they may surprise you!
Our Rating: As Expected
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