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!