The menu is exotic, a grand tour through France, Italy and Japan. Bright and sparkling at lunchtime, the dining room takes on a more chilled and romantic ambience in the evenings. Very trendy, very now.
Good for Vegeterians
Terrace during the Summer
Temporary Expos on the Walls
Decor Inspired by trips from Dakar to Bali
We’ve always been big fans of the Zo. First because it’s a guaranteed good time. Second because it is a very good price value. And third because the food is delicious and very diverse. The service is also very welcoming, polite and relaxed at the same time.
The owner, Micael Memi, was living in New York working in finance in the 90s. He witnessed the sushi trend growing up there and loved it. When he came back to Paris, he had in mind opening a sushi restaurant with New York standards. The sushi trend had not hit Paris at all at that moment. He was not sure though, if a restaurant serving only sushi would be successful as it did not really exist yet in Paris. So, when he opened the Zo in 1997, he added to the menu dishes from around the Mediterranean that evoked his childhood in Tunisia. This very diverse menu is, to this day, a key feature of the Zo.
One thing to know about the Zo is that the ambiance is radically different whether you go there for lunch or dinner. For lunch, it’s mainly business. You will see beautiful people working for the fancy shops of the rue Saint Honoré nearby or the government suits from the Elysée Palace (the French White House). But it’s for diner that the restaurant really shines in our opinion. The lights are dimmed, the cocktails flow and at the beginning of the week it’s a perfect spot for a date when Friday and Saturday nights are great for a group of friends.
The cuisine is really diverse and having been one of the first trendy restaurant in Paris with real sushi, you should definitely try them. But the Zo also offers great Mediterranean dishes. The breaded veal cutlet with parmesan is one of our favourite. The meat comes from one of the best butcher of Paris and is really, really thin, revealing its full flavour. The mini burgers with thinly sliced duck are simply delicious and so is the fried mozzarella. Deserts wise, we recommend the T.G.M., a sabayon ice-cream served on black coffee. Ask Micael, the owner for the reason why it is called like that and you will immediately understand that the cuisine from the Zo comes from the heart. Micael himself is a big fan of the Penne with truffle sauce and his favourite cocktail is the Moscow Mule. Which brings us to the cocktails.
You will, of course, find good sake at the Zo. However, we really recommend tasting the cocktails. The mango mojito is just incredible. Refreshing, not overly sweet, we could drink those all night long. Micael’s Moscow Mule is really good as well, even though a bit too strong for us. And the Spritz, which has been all the rage for the past months in Paris, doesn’t disappoint. If you want a blast, ask for the plate of 6 shots ranging from mint tea to melon.
Again, the Zo has a very good price value. And it means that you can enjoy your diner without worrying about the bill. That matters to us. If you add in good service, good food and nice décor, you have a great combo. One more thing: new artists’ work decorate the walls and you can buy them if you feel like it.