Archive for October, 2011

The Bibou Roll, an Escargot Sushi Roll

October 28th, 2011

Chef Zama is proud to be a part of the vibrant food community in Philadelphia. One of the best spots in the city, French restaurant Bibou was named one of GQ’s Top 10 New Restaurants of 2010, run by Chef Pierre Calmels. We invited Chef Calmels and his sous chef, Ron Fougeray, into our kitchen to make the Bibou Roll. This addition to our Celebrity Roll Series is believed to be the first-of-its-kind, an escargot sushi roll.

The escargot is sauteed with shallots, edamame beans and shiho in a soy dashi butter, set atop tempura haricot vert and fennel maki. A portion of proceeds from the roll goes to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Slideshow: The Celebrity Roll Series

October 19th, 2011

Our Celebrity Roll Series seems to be a hit. With each celebrity roll sold, $1 is donated to that celebrity’s charity of choice. We’ve raised over $5,000 so far and counting. Chefs, athletes, and musicians have all been included in the series that won Philadelphia Magazine’s 2011 Best of Philly award for “Replacement for the Wall at the Palm.” To commemorate the series, we’ve compiled an elegant photograph slideshow detailing each roll.

Do you have any ideas for the next Celebrity Roll? Let us know, either here or on Facebook.

Making Sushi Stop-Motion Video

October 14th, 2011

See sushi make itself in this entertaining little video. Then come in and experience the autonomous sushi phenomena in person at Zama.

The Zahav Roll

October 12th, 2011

The first Celebrity Roll we feature was unveiled in early August of this year.

The Zahav Roll is a collaboration between Chef Zama and Chef Michael Solomonov. Inspired by the award-winning cuisine that Chef Solomonov creates at his Old City restaurant Zahav, the hand roll creatively fuses the Japanese and Israeli culinary traditions together.

As Chef Zama details in the video, the meaty hand roll is stuffed with sushi rice, black sesame-edamame hummus, and tuna, all wrapped tight in red shiso soy paper. Delicious edamame falafel is served alongside the four hand rolls and Zama’s spin on tzatziki: yuzu juice and crème fraîche. Each element of the dish collides on the plate for a true fusion experience.

$1 of each Celebrity Roll benefits a charity of the celebrity’s choice. Chef Solomonov chose the Philadelphia Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is “Cops Helping Kids,” by providing free educational, athletic and cultural after-school programs for youth to become successful and productive citizens.

Welcome to the New zBlog

October 11th, 2011

Welcome to the new online home of Zama Restaurant!

The last few days have been a bit tumultuous with our website name change. Unfortunately, when we changed the name a few unexpected changes came along with it, and our previous blog posts were all lost.

So, in the coming days and weeks we will be re-introducing parts of our Celebrity Roll Series. You can also expect in-depth coverage on some of the fine seafood we use at Zama, plus new videos in the very near future.