Zoilo is a newly opened Argentinian restaurant situated just off of Wigmore Street in London. It is the latest venture of Alberto Abbate who runs a number of popular London restaurants and chef Diego Jacquet.
Stepping in to Zoilo through a heavy grey door and a thick, dark curtain you are instantly transported into a slick and modern Argentinian haven which is very atmospherically lit and really comes into its own in the evening. With two levels, you can sit upstairs near the bar or downstairs and watch the chefs work their magic.
The menu offers eight starters and mains, some of which may be familiar choices and some interesting regional Argentinian dishes to try too. There is plenty of choice beyond steak and the waiters were very flexible offering to chop and change choices according to guests’ preferences.
The most popular option is to start with a selection of tapas and move onto a main dish. I tried a fantastic starter of prawns al ajo, with pork belly and chorizo at £8.95, and a chicken, grilled pepper and cumin empanada at £3.50. Both were excellent and I particularly enjoyed the garlic sauce which the prawns were cooked in.
For my main course, I tried their most popular dish, ojo de bife with chimichurri, a rib eye steak with the famous Argentinian sauce which is made from a mix of wine vinegar, garlic and herbs, at £21.95. The steak was full of flavour, tender and perfectly cooked. The steak at Zoilo comes from Argentina from a select number of farms used there. They mitigate the environmental impact by using filtered water instead of bottled, and by cooking practically everything else in house.
Desserts are all homemade and were outrageously good. I tried the banana and dulce de leche ice cream, which was packed with banana chunks and thick swirls of La Salamandra dulce de leche.
For authentic Argentinian food of excellent quality superbly executed and some outstanding Argentinian wines, Zoilo is highly recommended. If you fancy being more adventurous, there are some lovely dishes to try, and if you just fancy an excellent steak with a delicious glass of wine, it is an ideal choice.