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Zambra Fusion Has a Dish for Everyone

Zambra Fusion offers vegan, vegetarian and health-conscious, plant-based dishes for any palate

Photography by Rachel Benavides

Vegans, vegetarians, health-conscious plant-based eaters, lovers of all things tacos … there’s a dish for anyone and everyone at Zambra Fusion. Rose Vela, chef and seasoned restaurateur, offers Southsiders a wide range of menu options, from Mediterranean pitas to one of her beloved power bowls. They all have one thing in common: big flavor.

The name may sound familiar, and for good reason. Named after a rare, coral-hued rose, the original Zambra Fusion opened its doors in 2004. With a commitment to using high-quality ingredients, Vela and her family brought vibrant dishes to downtown Corpus Christi for 10 years. Now, a decade later, she re-opened her restaurant seeking to bring our community wholesome meals that suit any palate.

With an assortment of pastries, pasta and paninis, Zambra Fusion’s expansive menu features colorful entrees with international flair. Most impressive are its gluten-free and meat-free options. Like many, Vela and other members of her family began to experience symptoms when they ate gluten. “I noticed I felt better when I avoided gluten and ate organic fruits and vegetables, plus, the food just tastes better,” she said. Inspired by her struggles to find restaurants that could offer flavorful meals within her dietary restrictions, Vela expanded her menu.

Zambra offers bagged lunches if you’re in a rush, in-house or off-site catering, dinner parties for a crowd and even cakes for special events.

Superior ingredients and thoughtful preparation require no explanation, only a taste — like in a forkful of the Vegan Brazilian Bowl. This Power Bowl celebrates the flavors of Brazil with crisp, tender zucchini, lightly stewed tomatoes, sautéed corn, potatoes and red onion. Each bowl is accompanied by a bed of organic spring mix tossed in the house vinaigrette, making for a healthful, satisfying portion to get you through until dinnertime.

We couldn’t get enough of the Mediterranean Grilled Cheese. Subtle notes of goat cheese shine through the classic Greek flavors of hummus and tzatziki. Grilled zucchini gives the panini the perfect smoky bite. Don’t even get us started on the sweet sourdough bread.  Next time we dine, we’re trying the 3 Headed Dragon Burger and taking a Puerto Rican taco to go.

There’s no diet or meal Zambra can’t do and do well! Picky eaters, conscious diners and discerning palates can honor their diets and taste buds with a visit to Zambra Fusion.

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