Zu Zu Mamou is a pop up cajun and creole restaurant and bar that is open for the duration of the Fringe. The place is named after a song sung by the New Orleans R&B artist Dr John.
For a pop up restaurant, the variety is good. There is a selection of 10 creole tasters, 3 po boys, 4 mains and 2 desserts on offer. Rest assured the inclusion of words “southern”, “Louisiana”, “New Orleans” and “cajun” in the menu isn’t a measure of the food’s authenticity, it’s the fact that the owners have spent some time living over in the States to know what the food should taste like.
Zu Zu Mamou is located upstairs in the same building as East Terrace Continental. All the cooking is done in the East Terrace Continental kitchen on the ground floor and then brought upstairs to the dining area. In one corner upstairs, there is a small bar where all the cocktails are made. For a pop up restaurant and bar, the fit out isn’t too bad. It’s not upmarket or anything spectacular, but it is very relaxed and casual. I think the best part of this place is the outdoor dining space on the balcony which overlooks the parklands on East Terrace.
The group started off with cocktails. I had the Pina Colada which was very disappointing. The sourness from the pineapple juice was prominent, however the creamy coconut taste was notably absent. In fact, I’m not sure whether there was any coconut in there.
My friend ordered the Clem Fandango which consisted of tequila, pineapple, lime juice and sage. It wasn’t to her liking as there was too much tequila in the drink.
Another friend had the Ramos Gin Fizz which has gin, blossom water, sugar, cream, lemon and lime juice. I was told the cocktail just didn’t taste very good and after trying it myself, I totally agreed.
One drink they did get right was the Espresso Martini. It had lovely strong espresso flavours that was a delight to drink. If we’re going to get technical here, the cocktail should have been presented in a martini glass.
For dinner, I ordered the Jambalaya with Shrimp which consists of Andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, onion, capsicum cooked in spices, tomato and chicken stock. The dish arrived 15 minutes after ordering and was well presented.
The rice had nice individual grains and was full of flavour from the broth. The chicken was tender and succulent, and provided in generous amounts. The pork sausage had lovely smokey flavours and you could taste the lovely natural sweetness from the vegetables. Never had Jamabalaya before but this was a tasty dish.
The other members of the group had the Slow Cooked BBQ Beef Short Rib with Louisiana Spiced Soft Shelled Crab, Succotash and Chipotle Jellies. The dish looked smaller than anticipated, but I was told it was quite good.
The Cajun Curly Fries were fried until crunchy and in this case, came with an aioli dipping sauce. Can you really get fries wrong?
The staff were really friendly and the service was fantastic. The atmosphere was vibrant without being too loud. For the most part, the pricing was reasonable with my dish costing $23, while the other two spent $35 on their meals (including sides).
The cocktails were disappointing but the food was great.
WHERE: 6 East Tce, Adelaide