Zayna

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8 reviews

25 New Quebec Street , London, W1H 7SF

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020 3589 2121

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SquareMeal Review of Zayna

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"GOOD"

“Pakistan meets northern India with a gentle series of flavours and aromas”, writes a fan of this ornate Portman Village restaurant – a luxurious but  easy mix of carved screens, stained-glass ceiling lights, ornate mirrors and gold accents, with extravagantly plumped-up cushions to sit on. “Flavour-busting” lamb dishes are a standout, whether you’re after tandoori chops marinated in fenugreek, black pepper and garlic or the signature slow-cooked ‘ishtu’ with yoghurt, onion and ginger. Otherwise the menu encompasses lighter salads, street snacks such as papdi channa chaat, tawa grills, ‘dum pukht’ rice specialities and some of the best dhal in town. Breads are exemplary and everything is served with style, helping to justify prices that are undoubtedly at the higher end of the Indian spectrum. Staff are spot-on and the ever-accommodating owner is “top-drawer” too.

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Zayna Location

25 New Quebec Street , London W1H 7SF

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020 3589 2121

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-2.45pm 5.30-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.45pm)

Zayna's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 9.8

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Service: 9.9

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Atmosphere: 9.1

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Value: 8.9

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 3

27 March 2013

A wonderful friendly restaurant serving excellent food. The staff are very friendly and attentive and I came away last night feeling very happy! I could see that other diners were equally contented. I shall return.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
19 November 2012

It was a rare and beautiful thing to be greeted warmly and recognised by the manager of a restaurant that neither my dining comrade nor I had visited in more than a year. This set the tone for the rest of the evening. I would struggle to find any cause for complaint about this restaurant whatsover. The decor is beautiful, warm woods and comfy sofas; the overall feeling very intimate. The food is amazing and there may not be sufficient superlatives to capture it. There is a clear attention to detail; serious time and effort goes into the preparation of each dish and some items are apparently cooked for over 24 hours. All the spices are also ground in-house and the chef is happy to cook the dishes to the strength required by the table. We opted for a series of vegetarian dishes (it is a good touch that one can enjoy two half portions of any vegetarian dish for £13 – in other words doubling your options). Each was highly different and yet exquisite in terms of flavour commbination and texture. Okra is rarely prepared well, but Zayna showed how to do it properly, especially when mixed with onions and dried pomegranete seeds. The wine list had improved since our last visit and a bracing Domaine Champelou from the Loire acted as a perfect food match. Indicative of the Zayna approach, we also appreciated not having ‘service’ automatically added to the bill. In this case, there was no dount in our minds to recognise fully the experience we had had here.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

07 August 2012

Zayna is an amazing restaurant! I really enjoyed my evening when I went and must say that the food and level of service was exceptional. I can't wait to go back and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. It is one of my favourite indian restaurants in London!