REVIEW: New takeaway brings a taste of Nigeria and Mexico to Sheffield

ZaZi's Cookhouse in Abbeydale Road, Sheffield
ZaZi's Cookhouse in Abbeydale Road, Sheffield
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There are few food fusions yet to be tested, but I have to admit Nigerian-Mexican was a new one on me.

That's the combination on offer at the latest takeaway restaurant to spring up on Abbeydale Road, ZaZi's Cookhouse.

Strictly speaking, it's not fusion. The menu is split into Nigerian and Mexican sections, with the former populated by pepper soups, plantain and rice dishes, and the latter by burritos, enchiladas and tacos.

The bright green decor is presumably a nod to the nations' flags and football strips, but other than that - and perhaps their reputation for spicy dishes - there appears to be little to connect these two countries.

Our taste buds were too timid to tackle the transatlantic trek, so we stuck with the Nigerian side.

The Nigerian style chicken wings had a nice tang and were pleasingly succulent, though I'd expected more than four for £4.95.

The red pepper and tomato sauce with the Jollof rice was deliciously moreish, and the fish on the side was well-seasoned but far too dry for my liking.

Being a big fan of goat, it was the asun grill which most excited me - grilled goat sauteed in onion and chilli - which we ordered with a side of yam.

The meat was delicious but again a little tough, and the portion could have been more generous. But it was the yam which was the biggest big let-down, being limp and lacking in flavour.

Overall, the flavours were generously spot-on and while the cooking of the meat and fish that night left something to be desired, I'd happily give it another go.

Cost for two people with mains and shared starter (delivery free): £19.40

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