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|Address:||236 King Street, London W6 0RF|
|Tel:||020 8748 5959|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-11pm Sun 1-4pm 6-10pm|
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It was special in its first year. Overcrowded, chaotic table arrangements (especially the overspill area), friendly but harassed waiters but all of that was forgiven by dishes that had a stand-out quality compared with other Indian restaurants, even those in the same street, which set a high standard. However, two further visits in subsequent years confirm my worst fear, that Zing was a flash in the pan and, once you take away the excellence of the cooking, the place just became an underwhelming and unrelaxing experience. It's not as if the food had shifted from stellar to ordinary; it descended into mediocre. Meanwhile the Anarkali, a few hundreds up the road on the opposite side, remains a traditional comfortable, inviting spacious Indian restaurant, the kind that can be found anywhere (you imagine it has flock wallcovering even though it doesn't) where the quality of the cooking has more than stood the test of time and the waiting staff are gentle and professional rather than overloaded with zing and disappearing up their own fundament.