Zaika Restaurant

4.7
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£41 and over
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Indian
The reimagined Zaika of Kensington, newest addition to Tamarind Collection, is now ready to serve the finest in authentic Awadhi cuisine from the North of India. Heavily influenced by the Mughal and Nawabi culinary traditions, Awadhi preparations are an indulgent mix of flavours and spices, creating gourmet spreads fit for Kings.
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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4.2
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j
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They confirmed our reservation in the morninig. We were going to celebrate our wedding aniversary and when we arrived it was closed. True it was the last day they could be open, but why then confirm the table?

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Well prepared dishes set in a beautifully lit and decorated, wood paneled former bank.

NK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, staff and atmosphere.

Only let down are the toilets! They seem run down and dirty in comparison to the restaurant.

OS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Lovely food and a beautiful, spacious setting. Very good and attentive service.

D
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at Zaika and really enjoyed our food will return when not rushing to a show so can enjoy it all the more

CW
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, excellent location. My first time but it won’t be my last! Highly recommend!

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is such a great Indian restaurant.. It's expensive but worth it especially if you like lobster

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, eaten here before several times and always been spot on. Very attentive polite staff. Really convenient location before going to Royal Albert Hall.

k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best Indian food! Lovely presentation. Complimentary sweets at the end!

E
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, atmosphere and service. Highly recommended for nice atmosphere.

A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jiten and the team were kind and such wonderful hosts. The food was a great blend of classical Indian dishes with just the right amount of a unique twist that did not threaten the roots of the dishes.

DH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat at Zaika when we are up in London (usually to attend a theatre show) and also travel up from Reading in the evening just to taste the delights of this superb restaurant. The atmosphere, staff attentiveness and food quality are all brilliant.

M
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely venue and atmosphere

T
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food is amazing here but it’s a shame that the service is very slow. Waiting for 40 minutes for food to be served on a Tuesday (not busy at all!) is not the way service is done!

It also costs 30 pounds to bring your own cake (which they don’t advertise anywhere!)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

The place was absolutely beautiful, however the food was not all that, not worth the price at all!

GA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

Despite arriving on time for our booking we had to wait for 10 minutes to get a table.
Also, we had an unpleasant surprise regarding the food options, as only a Valentine's day set menu was offered, so basically there was no chance to choose our courses, as the items on the main menu and the other set menus were not served on the Valentine's day night.

OT
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Came in at 21:16 and my table was already given away. I understand the 15 min policy but then to wait for 45 min at the bar. For the rest it was excellent! Will come back for sure

D
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Indian food I’ve had in London
Great service
Highly recommend

F
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really delicious food in the impressive setting of a former bank - original wood panelling and beautifully carved stone windows still in place. Great cocktails too and friendly, efficient service. It was busy, so a bit on the noisy side, and there was a slight mix up with our coats when we left, but we had a great evening. Particularly loved the lamb biryani dish, beautifully cooked and seasoned, and unusual to see it arrive with a pastry topping

S
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place and service, though it took a lot longer than expected, it was a fab evening.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous food, great service and a free dessert and 2 glasses of fizz for my birthday which was a lovely surprise. The spicing of the main courses was fantastic and the kulfi was the best I’ve tasted.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was impeccable and the surroundings great.
The food wasn’t outstanding but that was probably because we had the theatre menu so not as interesting as it could be if ordering a la carte. It did mean we got to the show on time though.

KS
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked this place for my boyfriend’s birthday before the show in Royal Albert Hall. Loved the fact that it is within walking distance from Royal Albert Hall and it seemed to have a lovely menu. When we went there on the day and we were both amazed how cosy and gorgeous this place was. Extremely helpful waiters provide an amazing unforgettable experience, they really make you feel special. Once again beautiful atmosphere and would definitely come back again!

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

An evening well spent. Thanks for the hospitality...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The food was fantastic and our waiter was very friendly. The only issue was the hostess that greeted us was rather unfriendly and one waiter who came to clear our table was rather unprofessional. Other than that, the food was very delicious and the ambience was fantastic.

FF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere with amazing food. Perfect sized portions as well. Will definitely visit if ever in London again.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a refined and enjoyable experience. Menu is somewhat limited but well worth the visit

l
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for a get together with friends for a special occasion

PK
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience, great food, lovely staff & beautiful setting.

H
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

It's a beautiful building and the service was excellent. The food was well seasoned but it also luke warm. The lamb in the entree was over-cooked (tough). Several dishes didn't look or taste like food cooked to order. More like food that had been re-heated, and not well enough. The naan bread was very good (definitely fresh).

NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Conveniently located, friendly atmosphere, food pretty average but pricy.

AH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good indian food , nice location , recommended

GB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The best indian food I have ever had.
Great food, staff, service.
The restaurant has a unique atmosphere.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Attended Zaika for dinner on Thursday 2nd January and ended up with a stomach virus. The food arrived really quickly after ordering, which makes me believe food was recycled from. Unacceptable considering how expensive the restaurant is. Will not be attending again.

MR
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience2

Really great food. Piping hot and very tasty. Served quickly. We were in and out in under 20mins so requested no service surcharge which was 12gbp on an 80 gbp meal for two. Two curry two nan one rice one starter and 3 bottle beer. Waitress was quite upset and said wasn’t her fault we only stayed 20 mins. Not quite the point. Later apologized

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner was lovely. Great food and atmosphere.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was great however I keep getting seated in and around the kitchen which isn’t the best place to be eating in this restaurant, due to heavy staff traffic and used glassware left around the bar..

c
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

This year there was no special new years eve menu and the regual menu is limited and uninspiring and expensive. Simple things like no popodoms and only chicken tikka masala and prawn or lamb curry nothing special or interesting and all much more expensive than in a local curry house. The restaurant has good service and is always buzzing but it attracts a noisy crowd and we will not go there again for a special occasion and we had been 3 times before.
we were in and out in an hour and it was New Years Eve!! No interesting starters or desserts so a main course that had clearly not been made fresh and we were out

CC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I first went to Zaika in 2004. Now again in 2019. It is my favorite restaurant ever. Wonderful food and great service. I was worried because it had been 15 years but it was as good as I remember.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always happy to come here. Best Indian food in London for me, quality curries with fine ingredients used. Wonderful customer service as always, a big factor to keep coming back :) very attentive, smiley and welcoming. Along with going out their way to make the night special; birthday dessert or a glass on the house. Thank you!