Café Zia has given its large, if somewhat narrow, dining room & cosy bar a bit of a spruce up over the past year. Perhaps this pleasing local Indian is trying to modernise itself (the previous red & white colour scheme was starting to look a little dated). However, the refurb may be a case of too little, too late: the roaring takeaway & delivery trade seem to have taken precedence over the restaurant itself, leaving the room often quiet, even empty. The kitchen itself has a willingness to keep things going – Goan lobster curry is a remarkably good dish, & the jall gosht, made with specially imported naga chillis, is the ultimate curryholic’s dish, the chillis layering each other to achieve a final trumpet of spice.
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