What is Za Za Bazaar all about?
A trip out of the ordinary that transports to you to the taste and atmosphere of a night time market in the Far East is at the heart of the dining experience at Za Za Bazaar.
That was Nitin Bhatnager’s mission when he set about creating a menu of delicious food from all over the world, combined with an Eastern evening ambience, first in his unique restaurant in Bristol, and now in Newcastle.
Inspired by his own visits to the night time markets of Singapore, Nitin wanted to emulate the experience of wandering through a bazaar, eating from different stalls and soaking up the amazing atmosphere with your friends and family.
“It’s about a fun atmosphere,” said Nitin. “This is not a quiet dining experience; it’s a fun night in a Far East city – the noise, the smells, the environment – it makes for a very different evening. We’ve tried to recreate that Far East night theme inside Za Za Bazaar.”
Although buffets offering food from different countries are common in the UK, the Za Za Bazaar concept is completely different. A big, beautifully decorated restaurant providing a sit down dining experience, with quality food prepared in front of you, brings the authentic taste of the bazaar to Britain, with chefs specially chosen for their expertise with different cuisines.
“We do things differently,” said Nitin. “It’s a food led concept. It’s all about the food from the quality of the ingredients to the chefs we employ. In Bristol, we have more than 45 chefs.”
The visuals of the bazaar are also one of its attractions and both restaurants have their own bakeries, where you can watch the pastry chefs lovingly preparing your puddings.
Nitin chose Bristol and then Newcastle to introduce the Za Za Bazaar concept because they’re cities with a buzz, with room for a large restaurant with big ideas.
He said: “We regularly have family groups of 20 to 30 people at once. Maybe it’s a 10-year-old’s birthday and he wants burger and chips, mum wants something more exotic, dad wants a steak and grandad wants fish and chips. With Za Za Bazaar, you can do that and all sit together.
“We have business people meeting for lunch, mums meeting together, groups of teenagers, students, stags and hens. The whole point of Za Za Bazaar is that it’s for everybody.”
If you’re too far away to make the trip to Newcastle or Bristol to enjoy the Za Za Bazaar experience, don’t panic – watch this space for news of the concept rolling out into other parts of the UK in the New Year.