What kind of food would you expect to find at a place that has Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch influences in its food? I was curious, so on a recent trip to Savannah, GA, I had to give Zunzi’s a try.
Zunzi’s was pretty easy to find. The line of people standing in front of a building that had the Italian, Swiss, American and South African flags waving was a pretty good sign that I was in the right place. The restaurant is take out only. To get your food, you stand in line and place your order at the counter. You can either eat at a few tables set up in the parking lot, or take your food to any where else that you choose. While in line, I asked for advice of what I should eat. The guy behind me said, without any hesitation, the conquistador. A person in front of me immediately agreed with his suggestion. That made the usually difficult task of figuring out what to eat quite easy.
What is the conquistador you ask?
It is a french bread sandwich containing baked chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, and topped with Zunzi’s special sauce. This may sound simple, and you are correct it is. Do not forget, sometimes the simplest of foods can be the most difficult to do really well. With only 5 ingredients, each of those ingredients had to be amazing. In the case of the conquistador, they were. The chicken and sauce were the standouts. The chicken was moist and tender. I am not sure how they baked it, but whatever they did it they should never never change. It was some of the best chicken I have ever had.
A lot of restaurants call one of their sauces special, when in fact it is usually just another name for 1000 island dressing. Zunzi’s special sauce might look like 1000 island but it was much more than just regular salad dressing. It had a nice balance of sweetness, spice and savoriness. When combined with the chicken it created an irresistible combination. To fully understand what I am talking about, you will have to try the conquistador for yourself.