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25 New Quebec Street , London, W1H 7SF

020 3589 2121

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SquareMeal Review of Zayna

“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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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Marble Arch Tube Station 197m

Bond Street Tube Station 611m

Address

Address: 25 New Quebec Street , London W1H 7SF

Area: Marylebone

Opening times

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

Nearby Landmarks

Odeon Cinema Marble Arch 188m

Marble Arch 215m

Details

Telephone: 020 3589 2121

Website:

Cuisine: Indian

Lunch: £10/13/15 (1/2/3 courses)

Dinner: £25 (3 courses)

Private Dining: 18

9.5

Food & Drink: 9.8

Service: 9.9

Atmosphere: 9.1

Value: 8.9

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Lyndon J. 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.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno 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.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Maria B. bronze reviewer 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!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Noreen C. bronze reviewer 23 June 2011

Zayna is our local Indian and we've visited many times over the past few years since it opened. The owner Riz only wants customers to do one thing when they visit, and that is to eat absolutely sublime, perfectly executed food. He has worked very hard getting Zayna the way it is, from completely refurbishing it with new kitchens, to the comfortable seating. Originally doing all the cooking himself he has now got a team of wonderful chefs who produce the most amazing Pakistani and North Indian cuisine to his exacting standards. Every ingredient is fresh and all the spices are ground in house. Some of our favourite dishes are Karah Murgh – Chicken cooked in a wok with garlic, onions, ginger and tomatoes, spices, coriander and yoghurt, Tandoor Jongha – King prawns marinated in lemon and garlic, Shipketa – a vegetable dish of carrots, cauliflower, peas, potatoes and turnips. In Zayna, they have a very simple outlook towards their customers (and one that more restaurants should and indeed could, adopt), and that is that you are there to have a good time with good food, they are always happy to see you and you are never, ever made to feel as if you are doing them a favour by stepping over the threshold. You want a dish more (or less) spicy? You can have it. You want your favourite meal that is not on the menu? They will make it if they can. You can't make your mind up between two dishes? Easy – just have half a half portion of each one. A vegetarian? Plenty to choose from! Your first time in an Indian restaurant? They will guide you expertly by asking what things you like to eat first, and then suggest what they have to suit. Nothing is too much trouble, the only thing that would upset the staff is if you didn't enjoy your food when you left!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Vik T. 22 July 2009

Came across Zayna's purely by chance – what a gem and what a find. Have been back 3 times and if you enjoy your food bit authentic and like a restaurant with good relaxin atmosphere and great food give Zayna a go. Vik

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Stephen S. 03 January 2009

What a treat to find such marvelous food combined with impeccable service all at a great price! Owner Chef RiZ Dar presents a delicious menu of Pakistani/North Indian dishes. The subtle flavours and aromas make for an adventurous trip to the sub-continent. The restaurant is comfortable and un-cramped. Decorated in rich browns and a tapestry of warm colours, the setting could be just another attempt to put you in the mood; but the service makes the trip all the more worthwhile. Try the sweet mango salad, the Aloo Gobi and any of the ponderous curries. Oh yes, do not miss the marinated lamb chops – they set the meal off with a bang! We will go back again and again.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Antonio C. 09 December 2008

From the outset, I wasn''t expecting much – a curry place set on a side street in tourist central was never going to bother with great or even good food, right? Well, the cooking smells that greeted me at the door told a different story. Delicious grilled, spice meats set my nose fluttering and my expectations soaring. Nicely decorated with comfortable chairs and a well stocked bar the place had an air of quality that you don't always find in curry places. The waiter was very comfortable recommending which dishes to have and explaining the subtelties of their large menu. We all went for pan cooked dishes, and nobody finished without saying that it was the best curry that they'd had. Complex spices worked well with incredibly tender meats. Zayna has a great eye for detail – the waiter told us a bit about their home made ice cream, marination and special pea sourcing. On the plate these things justified their inclusion. This place is so good, I really hope it catches on – because it was fairly quiet : then again, I want to be able to get a table, so hope it doesn't get too popular.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

thomas F. 08 December 2008

had a fantastic meal at Zayna on Saturday night. Quiet around 8pm and only started to get busy later on, but the quality of the food was outstanding and the staff really seemed keen that we enjoyed ourselves. The food has a a real subtlety of flavour and arrived in just the right amounts so you didn't feel stuff to the eyeballs. Try the Ishtu for main – far better than anything I tasted before. Very good indeed – this place deserves to be a success

Room for 18 people
Capacity: 18