Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday May 22, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Zola Bistro Reviewed



concrete counter, snug beneath the low ceiling and the plush velvet entrance curtain hugging my back. If I order a martini, the bartender will pour it from an individual shaker, generous enough to top off my glass again once I've sipped most of the cocktail. The antipasto platter or a huge bowl of mussels always promises a bargain, and grilled octopus-a personal favorite-is a regular special.

Now Zola has a new sister-all grown up and cosmopolitan-on Washtenaw Avenue in the new Arbor Hills Crossing shopping center. Named Zola Bistro, she shares her older sibling's sophisticated design sensibility. Without downtown's warm brick walls and divided space, though, the new place-a large open room of glass, steel, concrete, and marble with an undulating scrap wood wall that functions as sculpture-feels more dramatically austere. Owners Hediye Batu and Alan Zakalik have already installed ceiling baffles to address initial complaints about noise levels generated by all those hard surfaces. Our table of five had no trouble conversing on a busy Friday night.

Those generous cocktails have made the trip over to the bistro, and both restaurants now share the same extensive menus for brunch and dinner. Although the mussels remain on the dinner menu, the antipasto platter has been split in three (vegetable, cheese, or meat), and the octopus has attained a permanent spot-at a heftier price for a smaller portion.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Going, Going, Gone!
Do antiques have a future?
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Nightspots: Tap Room
Storm-Water Solutions
The city plans to spend $34 million over the next six years to fix its flooding problems.
James Leonard
Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales
Open Houses and Tours
Agave Arrives
In a seamless transition from Sabor Latino
Terry Gallagher
Nightspots: Live
Shopping - Malls and More
European Restaurants
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Volik championship May 22 to 28
A guide to senior living and services