RONALDO’S LUSH RESTAURANT
Zela Restaurant, London
Jungle vibes, giant trees, palm-print cushions and a whole load of leaves. This West End restaurant owned by soccer legend Renaldo is inviting, cosy and sophisticated all in one. Complete with a cheerful melange of bright-blue banquettes, bamboo furniture, Spanish tiles and wooden floors. It’s a little bit crazy, but great fun.
The food is billed as ‘Meppon’, Japanese technique coupled with Mediterranean ingredients, and Zela’s light, fresh, often raw dishes are bang on target for fashionable, health-conscious diners, and of ourse Renaldo. Thinly sliced scallops are dusted with dried chorizo for contrasting taste and texture, while yellowtail tiradito is bathed in a punchy chilli ponzu sauce. Familiar maki rolls include soft-shell crab and avocado with cucumber.