Peroni spoils us at Zenzero

So my friend Darryn is one of those lucky people who wins shit ALL THE TIME.  This time round he won a R2000 dinner for himself & 3 friends, sponsored by Peroni SA.  Of course I was one of the “chosen ones” – I mean, let’s keep it real here, what party is complete without moi (or my evil twin Kandi). :)

The venue for this eating & drinking showdown was the truly beautiful Italian restaurant, Zenzero (Shop 2A – The Promenade, Victoria Rd), in Camps Bay.  Just check this place out – it’s pretty insane:

Peroni “Lifestyle Ambassador”, Aidan Whytock, was waiting to welcome us (with some ice cold Peroni of course).  This was a great start to our evening… Thanks again Aidan!

Myself, Ben & Darryn (our 4th, Dani, was running late - so she missed out on this awesome group shot. And the free Peroni. So sad. haha)

The weather wasn’t too great on Saturday, but we got to enjoy an amazing pink sunset nonetheless:

Try to beat that! I dare you...

Now on to how we spent that R2000!  We decided up front that we wouldn’t go over R1800, that way we could leave our waitor a descent tip for his efforts.  How nice are we? ;)   But that still left us with quite a lot of money to blow between only 4 people.

For starters, we went a bit wild and got a selection of all the highly recommended options for the table.  This inlcluded the following:

  • Tiny whole artichokes – marinated in olive oil, roasted garlic, lemon zest & thyme (R55)
  • Beef carpacio – rocket salad, cherry tomato & shaved pecorino (R80)
  • Grilled calamari – lemon & chilli dressing (R50)
  • Zenzero calamari – crumbed and stuffed with lemon & ricotta (R60)
  • Zenzero mussels – cream, mustard seeds, herbs & lemon (R50)
  • Spinach & ricotta ravioli – olive oil, aged balsamic & pecorino (R50)

I looooved the artichokes, the carpacio & the grilled calamari.  So yum.  Then for mains I went for my favourite thing to order at a restaurant… a big ass slab of meat!  Grrrr… ;)

The Zenzero Fillet (R140) with a pink, green & black peppercorn and pot still brandy sauce & mash potatoes

I finished up (food wise) with the Pièce de résistance for the evening, the Lindt Dark chocolate fondant (R55):

Heaven... I'm in heaven...

The real deal clincher with this baby was that it also had some white Lindt chocolate sauce mixed into the soft, gooey centre.  It was such a cool surprise element.  This was my favourite thing from the entire evening for sure.

After we had totally stuffed ourselves with food AND enjoyed some great beer & wine… we still had money left over.  What’s a person to do with left over cash!?!  Shooters!!!

Ben suggested we have “chocolate cake” shots.  I had never tried that before, but being a total chocoholic, I immediately agreed.  Weird thing is that they don’t actually contain anything chocolate.  It just ends up tasting like it does.  Here’s the ingredients:

1/2 shot Absolut Citron vodka
1/2 shot Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
1 orange wedge

Darryn and our 4th, Dani, shooting them back like pros...

They were a serious hit.  We had quite a few rounds of these babies.  See, the really nice thing was that we didn’t have to worry about driving, so we could go absolutely mal.  We planned ahead and agreed to share a taxi.  Best plan ever!  Drinking & driving is seriously un-cool.

All in all, we had such a great evening.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.   Amazing location, seriously tasty food, brilliant company and best of all, it was all for FREE! I wish every night could be like that…

I have to say a special thank you to Darryn for letting me tag along for this amazing experience. And then also to Peroni SA for putting this evening together.