- Mike Lee
Unlike a real chowhound adventure, i thought one might decide to take a detour from the chowhounding experience and enjoy a night of wonderful performance and dining. The entire meal is 99 dollars a person which does not include beverages.
Teatro ZinZanni is located at Pier 29. This place is a combination of performance plus dining. I was brought here by one of my close friend who thought this was quite interesting. Let me first describe the five course meal. The meal is a set meal that was prepared ahead of time so there was not much room for ordering beside changing the meal course to vegetarian meal. The appetizer is an antipesto. Nothing really special about it. Next came the Tomato Basil soup. This was fairly interesting. The soup is quiet tasty and sweet. The creme added extra texture to the soup. Unlike other tomato basil soup i tried before, this soup did not leave an after taste which is a plus. Next came the caesar salad. A classic dish that was done well. The lettuce was really fresh and the salad did not over do the cheese and sauce which can be seen by other restaurants. Finally came the main course. I had the lightly smoked salmon and my friend had the vegetarian course. I was disappointed by the salmon because of its lack of flavor. The herbs and pepper the surrounded the salmon was not carefully attended and did not leave a distinct taste. While this dish was a disappointment, my friend enjoyed her vegetarian course so much that she finished way before i could even try the dish out. Finally came the coffee and dessert. The dessert was the usual carmalized apple with whip cream. I thought the dish was way too sweet and did not enjoy it one bit.
Now to mention the performance. The performance happens during the entire meal and is acted out like a comedy/circus/musical deal where we the guests, are also involved in the situation. The waiters and waitresses all get highly involved in the show and each of character goes around the whole dining hall to converse and make sure you are enjoying yourself.
I don't want to go into too much detail about the performance as this is a board for chowhounds. But the most amazing thing about the dining was the dining hall. It resembled a small moulin rouge which i thought was very nice. The combination of performance and dining was also portrayed perfectly and i was quite surprised by the quality of the food they served when they had to also deal with the performance issue. Very entertaining and the food is decent. I enjoyed this meal as much as one at a fancy restaurant. Although the food was not something to die for, i clearly had a wonderful time. I might decide to go back if i had some friends coming in town.
Not much has changed....
Tanya and I went 13 monthes ago. Fun fun fun! The food isn't the star of the show, but it isn't meant to be. We had a different soup and dessert. The soup was a tasty carrot, ginger, cream combo. Dessert was some sort of chocolate cake. The antipasto and salmon remain the same. We loved it, and would go again.
I went late last year I think as part of a departmental software release dinner. The food was OK, not great, but you wouldn't expect it to be at a place like this either. The performance was very good (somewhat cirque du soleil-ish), and the entertainers interacted with the customers throughout the evening. Everybody had a great time. I would definitely recommend it for a fun but not necessarily food-centric evening.