In a sleek interior with a sophisticated Sydney vibe, Italian cooking that helps mark the transformation of Bermondsey into a gastro-destination.
Please note, Zucca is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink editors, Feb 2016.
A couple of pumpkins on the open kitchen counter reference the restaurant’s name and provide a touch of warmth to Zucca’s super-sleek interior. Gentle refurbishment has seen hard surfaces softened and, with light streaming in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the room has a sophisticated Sydney vibe. Eat at the bar and you’ll look awkwardly conspicuous to the roomful of people behind; it’s best to book a table in advance. Our meal was mostly good. Own-made breads were followed by burrata with broad beans in a garlicky dressing, and clean-tasting spider crab served prettily in its shell. The own-made pasta is superb and a sweetly earthy sauce of lentils, walnuts and basil was entirely successful; cod with chickpeas was dull by comparison. Service was initially brisk but ran out of steam through dessert; we were there a good 30 minutes longer than we needed to be. The wine list has many admirable bottles but, despite a proliferation of maps, is generally unhelpful and starts at an elitist £26 a bottle – that’s how much Bermondsey has changed in the past decade. Zucca’s owners plan an offshoot for the site next door: Farina will focus on pizza and ice-cream.
184 Bermondsey Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Tue-Fri; noon-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Bermondsey tube or London Bridge tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £14-£18|
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Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:3
Best Italian restaurant in London by far, original, seasonal!, and creative dishes served to you by the best staff you can find out there. Let's not forget their divine aperitif, the Zucca spritz!
Often you think Italian, you immediately think boring pizza and pasta. Not at Zucca. Yes they do pasta, but they do it SO well. We could have eaten their venison ragu pasta all day. Their zucca fritta (butternut squash tempura) was crisp on the outside and juicy in the middle. Seabass carpaccio was fresh and zingy. Much to our delight and surprise, with such great food, Zucca was also super baby friendly. High chairs and baby change facilities. Plus the room is bright and spacious. Another bonus, a great bread basket selection to keep a teething baby quiet. Overall, a lovely experience.
Tricky to book and the night we went was packed on a Wednesday evening. This was our third visit and not the best I'm afraid and rather patchy. The menu was short and as such the dishes should be good. The bruschetta was spongy and had the texture of pizza. The fritti were great as usual as we're the sardines. With one one exception the main courses were drenched with olive oil which was a shame. The squid was Fresh and vibrant. On the plus side the wine was superb and the service excellent. Hoping for better next time.
Tried to get a table a few weeks ago but could not (went to Village East then) but pre booked Zucca 3 weeks ago to take my partner, 2 sons and their girlfriends for a pre christmas dinner. On arrival fairly cool reception. Sat down in fairly cramped conditions close to adjacent table. Ordered [re dinner drinks, very limited selection of drinks available, did take some time to arrive. Starters were ok, wine pretty good bit pricey as only wines available italian which is fair enough for an Italian restaurant. 4 of us had the lamb which was extremely fatty and very mediocre. I have to say the service throughout the meal was very poor. I dont know if this is a cultural thing with italians when dealing with the brits but I found the staff to be very un friendly, cold and when I was paying the bill my partner could not believe the way the waitress was looking at me as I was tapping in my pin. We were left to get our own coats and it was only when my partner voiced her disgust at the attitude of a couple of the waiting staff that we recieved any acknowledgement for coming. We certainly do not expect staff at restaurants to be falling over themselves to please us but our experience at Zucca was not acceptable. I will certainly not return and wish we had rebooked Village East which despite some bad reviews previously we found to be excellent.
I went for my birthday last night and I had such a great evening! Food was lovely, I thought reasonably priced, the service was spot on and the staff were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The vibe in the restaurant was buzzy I would recommend and I will be going back again soon!
I agree more with the recent reviews than the older ones. Although one or two dishes were quite good, and the olive oil was indeed excellent, others dishes were surprisingly average and the signature veal chop was oddly wet and spongy. Bill: £140 for two, with wine.
Zucca has now become my favourite London restaurant! I had the most glorious evening there last night. The service was wonderful - the waitress recommended some delectable wines. The food was simly scrummy - I had a beautiful seafood risotto followed by a treat of a fig & almond tart with mascarpone icecream. I simply wish I lived a little nearer! I will definitely return soon...
Where do I start, great service, friendly staff and amazing food. Would recommend sharing a few of the starters (sea bream a must). For mains we had lamb chops (cooked to perfection) and pheasant ragu (they like their game here). Try the puddings after. Exceptional, and will be going again - great value.
I had a really good dinner at Zucca on a Tuesday evening just under a week ago. The restaurant was small enough to feel intimate - I did not see where the Time Out review comments about the tables being too close together and this maybe constituting a problem come from - my date and I certainly did not feel this to be the case. The restaurant was full and there was chatter on every table, we did not feel like we could hear other tables' conversation and vice-versa. The waitress that served us through dinner was attentive and very helpful when it came to explaining what certain foods on the menu were - the menu was impressive and not your typical tired pasta/pizza menu you get in most Italian restaurants nowadays. The food was tasty - we both had fish as main - but maybe a little on the salty side. The wine menu is very impressive, the decor is fresh and overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant for great food and the great atmosphere. would have been a 5 if they had watched the salt on one or two of the dishes.I'll definitely go again.
We had a great dinner: excellent modern Italian food, very reasonable prices and the best service I have ever had in terms of timing, with starters coming one at a time so that we could share them, and mains following immediately after.
The welcome at Zucca on a bitterly cold evening was rather cool. The service was efficient but also somewhat distant, as if we were not quite their type of client. The food was good, but the portions small, except for the desserts: you need to have more than one of the main dishes. Tables are too close together. This might be good for people who live or work locally, but it's not worth negotiating the confusing London Bridge Station and its environs to go there specially.