This ridiculously cheap deal is part of Zinc’s summer Tapas Tuesday menu – launched to celebrate the AGA’s new free admission Tuesday (and Wednesday) nights.
Tapas means small dishes (generally appetizers) and are usually shared among a group. The menu for Zinc Tapas Tuesday is offered only for dinner and only on Tuesday – but some of the dishes are pulled from other menus at Zinc. The difference is on Tuesday nights, you can only order from the tapas menu.
I got to do a taste test of this new tapas selection with some food friends this week and am happy to report back that the dishes are really good and really cheap!
Below is a slice of what we sampled, along with my top tapas recommendations for when you go to try it yourself!
The stand-outs of the night for me were the pulled pork sandwich, the DLT duck breast, the croquettes and the potato skins. These were all seriously delicious, and at great prices ($4-$12). I don’t think the mac ‘n cheese or terrine were worth the higher price points for what you get (the mac ‘n cheese as you can see in the photo was not a thick enough consistency. $16 for a vegetarian mac ‘n cheese just doesn’t seem to a great value). Similarly, the terrine didn’t have quite the ‘terrine’ quality that I typically enjoy, and portion didn’t seem enough to justify the $18 price.
Here’s what I’d recommend you order for a Zinc Tapas Tuesday night out for two people!
- A pulled pork sandwich per person ($4 each)
- The DLT ($12)
- The Croquettes ($10.50)
- The Potato Skins ($8)
- The Grilled Romaine ($9.50)
- The Sweet & Spicy Prawns ($12.50)
Total: $60.50 (before tax/tip).
That works out to about $30 per person. If you’re not into shrimp, get two orders of the loaded potatoes or the duck! I also eat generally larger portions than most people, so you could probably scale down and make the meal about $20 per person and still be quite full (because the pulled pork is huge and so cheap!)
It’s a great way to hopefully bring some more people into the restaurant and the gallery. Tasty bites, beautifully presented, and well-priced.
Chef Dave Omar says Tapas Tuesday will run all summer.
Depending on its success, it could continue once summer is over too!
Pro-tip: definitely plan to check out the gallery exhibits before dinner as the gallery closes at 8 p.m.
We unfortunately weren’t able to tour the gallery because we spent too long (happily) dining away! Next time I go for Tapas Tuesday, I’ll be sure to do exhibits first – food second.
And if you’re wondering how the pulled pork sandwich – which uses local Bear and The Flower Free Range Alberta Pork – can be priced at just $4 – Chef told us the restaurant is taking a loss on that dish. It’s just such a great draw, it’s worth it!
Happy munching! I’ll keep an eye out for more great food deals to share with you here too so stay tuned!
Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. I tried Zinc’s Tapas Tuesday menu items at a food blogger event. The food was complimentary. This does impact opinions stated in this post.