Zhazha Bistro is a casual dining restaurant fit for all your summer lounging days. Its menu is largely inspired by the street food in Southwest China, specifically from the southern provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, and Guizhou. Their specialities include Zhazha Ribs (42RMB), a spicy, savoury dish topped with crushed peanuts featuring fall-off-the-bone spare ribs, and Dad's Dried Mushrooms (25RMB) an umami-filled mushroom bowl topped with crispy garlic chips. This vegetarian-friendly restaurant also features a list of Chinese tapas-styled dishes including fried tofu balls (22RMB), veggie wraps (48RMB), and soft boiled eggs soaked in tea (10RMB).
Zhazha also specialises in rice-wine based cocktails, with summer drinks like Early Summer (58RMB) a cocktail featuring bayberry wine, gin and soda, and Someone Like It Hot (38RMB), a rice wine based cocktails with vanilla soda and get this, chilli powder. For lighter options choose Tipsy Rice (42RMB) featuring rice wine with rice and soy milk, or Tense Moment (48RMB), a rose rice wine concoction with salted soda and a cream cheese topping.
The greatest plus point is perhaps Zhazha's ample seating areas, which includes both indoor and outdoor options. Couple that with plenty of large windows and natural lighting, and a playlist of Latin American dance music, it's, in our books, a tropical oasis hidden in the hutongs.