Indian Zing 22

236 King Street , London, W6 0RF

9 reviews

39 Indian Hammersmith

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SquareMeal Review of Indian Zing

The main attraction at this “upmarket Indian” is “high-end food” carefully prepared and presented by chef Manoj Vasaikar, who worked at top hotel restaurants in his home country before making his mark on London. Designed in line with the principles of vastu shastra – the harmony of earth, fire, sky, water and air – Indian Zing is a chic, relaxed and unassuming space, done out with crisp white tablecloths and stylish artefacts. Vasaikar’s cooking is refined and flavoursome, with deft, confident spicing and fragrance in dishes such as Goan-style clams poached in subtle green herbs and coconut broth or succulent chicken pointed up with dried fenugreek and griddled in the tandoor. There are classy renditions of the classics too: rogan josh is a marrow-rich version, thanks to slow-cooked lamb shank on the bone, while a variant on the kofta theme involves gamey seared venison meatballs. A well-judged wine list includes two Indian options from Maharashtra (Vasaikar’s home turf).

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5.7

Food & Drink: 6.3

Service: 6.0

Atmosphere: 5.7

Value: 5.2

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Al K. 25 October 2013

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.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

John S. 28 August 2010

I had a hearty meal, for which I paid almost £100 for myself only ! Following comments : Starter : Onion Bhaji – Very poor. I like my bhajis “fluffed-up”. Crispy on the outside & soft & voluminous inside. This one was compressed & hard. Very small portion Cheese Naan – Not cheesy at all. Not even warm & small portions again. Raita – Excellent. Probably the best I've tasted. Vindaloo side sauce – Not spicy at all. Tepid & uninspiring. Main Meal : NZ bottle of Pinot Noir – Disappointing. Overly acidic, too fruity & did not “open-up” as a Pinot Noir should. Cost almost £40 inc. service charge. King Prawn curry – 4 prawns served in (again) a tepid & uninspired sauce. Mushroom pilau rice – small portion & quit heavy, sticky & starchy. Mushroom bhaji – variety of mushrooms & quite good. Saag bhaji – Heavy, tasteless & uninspired. So, there you go. I am amazed at how divergent my experience was versus the hype. Don't believe the hype !This was a mediocre/nothing-special Indian (5 points i.e. would come again, if I could find nothing better) but so grossly over-priced (& over-hyped) that I have to mark it down to only 2 points only (i.e. avoid). Want a superlative curry ? Try Rajasthan II in the City. No rave reviews by the critics, but always full of punters (although, not cheap either, but absolutely worth it).

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Eric G. bronze reviewer 18 June 2010

Very impressed after a first visit. Inventive, subtle food in a nice quite upscale room. Great lively atmosphere on the night I went. Good service. Was tempted but a little anxious to try indian wine and was not disappointed at all. The wine was amazing, very unusual, but perfectly paired with the food. The wine list is carefully and well constructed. I can't wait to go again.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Larry J. 27 May 2010

We were a party of 15 on a Wednesday night: booked well in advance, pre ordered the menu to save time (and make it easier for service). They were told it was a 50th birthday special occasion, there would be elderly diners, and asked for a good place in the restaurant. Arrived 7 pm to fawning waiters – restaurant empty. Inital service was attentive with complimentary poppadums etc. but we were increasingly forgotten as the restaurant filled to bursting. We left almost four hours later. 15 people were squeezed into a table only adequate for 8. The table was in the far rear of the restaurant under an awning over what was clearly the back yard (called the conservatory!). The table top could barely accommodate the crockery and glasses let alone the food. Eating was an almost impossibility with elbows touching. The management of this restaurant has forgotten that a dining experience particularly at this price consists of both good food and comfort in equal measure. The food was good but not great, certainly nowhere near the quality I would have expected from the plaudits. Dishes were made with fresh spices and were potentially flavoursome but to our taste (6 of us are Indian) seem to have been significantly toned down, to their detriment (to suit the ‘british’ palate?). The flavour tones are subsequently too subtle; verging on bland especially when served tepid. (Too politely, I didn’t send back the Indian wine when I tasted it.). However we enjoyed the lobster and the smoked aubergine. The ‘signature’ dessert (masala bread pudding) tasted like bread pudding with a bit of spice in it and it was dominated by a large dollop of poor quality vanilla ice cream. As for the rest of the desserts, nothing of note. The portions were small served on large plates and so had high prices. The bill came to over £500 (excluding alcoholic drinks). I called to discuss the poor accommodation with the manager the following day. As I had not complained on the day there was nothing he could do. However, he did offer to do something special for me on my next visit. As if! If you are a large group, visit the restaurant first, ask where your table will be located, check that there will be enough elbow room for your diners, that they will be able to leave their place should they wish to use the bathroom, that there will be enough room on the table for the crockery, glasses, cutlery and food, insist that the food is served hot, don't order the Indian wine, avoid the desserts and everything will be fine.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Rp S. 21 August 2009

Me and my partner went to the Indian zing restaurant on 16 July 2009 for the dinner. It was our first time on that restaurant. Restaurant and surrounding seems nice but the food quality was absolutely digester. I order the starters that was a sizzling dish (lamb tikka) and my partner order the onion baghi but both of them were not cooked properly. I try to cut the lamb but it was tender and tough. Similarly, the onion baghi was not of a good quality too coz it was not cooked properly. I had try on the different Indian restaurant before and I feel like probably it was just an error from their kitchen staffs and did not say anything about it. For the main course I ordered the Chicken medium dish but the chicken was over cooked and was extremely specie and hot. I ask the waiting staff to call his manager and he went to call and the manager was extremely high temper and rude guy, without apology he told me that is his restaurants standard and he cannot do anything about it than he just walked away. I was so shocked and surprised that he don’t care anything about his customers and when I see the different websites and reviews I feel like is this really is a genuine reviews from the people who went there and had a dinner on that restaurant. Other thing I got to express it here is that the manager was shouting to his staffs in front of the customers like there slaves and the poor waiting staffs were listening to him and looking absolutely scared. I feel really bad that I had a dinner on that sorts of restaurant who don’t have a respect for their own staffs and they are treating them like a slaves. I m sorry but the management is absolutely poor. I suggest trying some other place than Indian Zing for the nice meal there is so many around.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Katee J. 10 August 2009

My partner and I had our first visit here yesterday evening. The staff were very welcoming and once seated we were given a tasty complimentary drink of cucumber and mint, which was a nice touch. Service was a little hurried, but very polite all the same. As a starter we shared Prawn and Aubergine Kharkhatla which was very flavoursome, but only had two prawns in it, albeit extremely large and tender ones. Our main meal, we enjoyed the Chicken Jaffrezi and Saffron Chicken Korma, with Aromatic Basmati rice and Jeera and Saffron Palau. Both of these dishes were excellent, but again, like other restaurants I have tried in the area, the chicken in the Korma was dry and not tender enough. I was disappointed by the garlic Naan bread, as found this to be very small, and more like a pancake consistency. The Papadums were very nice and not too oily. I really think that you would be rewarded to branch out from the ‘common/usual’ dishes so be brave! There was a small problem with the credit card machine at the end of the meal, which took sometime for the manager to sort out. However, when the bill came, it was accompanied by a small bowl of chocolate raisins and mints – lovely.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 23 July 2009

My partner and I had been fancying a spicy number for a while, and with little to choose from locally, we plumped for a spot as far West as we could and according to SqM that = Zing. Mid-week, a mixed clientele had just about filled the place by 7.45p.m. and those that left before us were soon replaced. Shared mixed platter did more than just whet the appetite and soon began to satiate the tum. Worried that I’d eaten too much before five dishes were about to arrive, the waitress reassuringly suggested we relax and take our time. However, even in summer I don’t find sitting in a draught relaxing and we’d already moved once, so I didn’t quite appreciate their welcoming open door policy, but I would know where to sit next time. A lamb dish intended to be very spicy was by no means overpowered by the sauce, though I preferred the aromatics of a milder chicken stew. I’d also recommend the smoky aubergine and corn dish. Overall an attractive menu offering a good selection of rice, breads and side dishes + drinks. I love the food at Amaya but here I much prefer the atmosphere. Service was saved by several of the staff being very pleasant and helpful, but a few were in need of further training with some emphasis placed on the smile perhaps.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

desmond m. 02 June 2009

We had heard about Indian zing via word of mouth and media and It has definitely proven to be one of the best Indian restaurant that i finds in London,.The ambience, food and wine are very well thought out and it is clear that they have been created with a passion. We recently had dinner there and it was fantastically well organised definitely a wonderfully memorable occasion. Overall the quality of the service and food that we have experienced on our encounters there is second to none in London. I can't wait to visit again and take friends this time.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

John M. 20 October 2008

Visited here recently for dinner for the second time and was not disappointed. Nice atmosphere, good service and table linen and very, very good food – a curried mussel starter was sheer heaven and the house Jalfrezi was spot on. Rice fluffy and not over-flavoured, nan bread hot and crispy and Kingfisher (or was it Cobra?) lager; what more could you want? I will be back.

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