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Zayka is a well-liked restaurant offering a traditional Indian and Nepalese menu with attentive service.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Sun-Thu 12:00-14:30 & 18:00-23:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30 & 18:00-00:00

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Great food and service. Our waiter was most attentive and was proud of his own homemade carrot chutney! Some of the best Indian food I have ever had, never found a peshwari naan to compare! Would highly recommend.

By Cathy S.

I'm sorry that I seem to have 'upset' people with my honest report of what happened. The lady we'd taken out for her birthday was also very upset. This all honestly happened, I'm just reporting our experience, and as a fellow member of the local community (not that it should matter to service where someone comes from). As someone who works with the public I understand it can be upsetting to hear bad reports of you and your team: but I've also had to change my team's practise when someone truthfully fed back that it upset them or let them down. As paying customers, it's unrealistic and unfair to 'sweep things under the mat' in case they aren't nice for the manager, staff or other customers.

By Kimberly D.

We loved the "old" Zayka for home delivery, but have to admit we love the "new" Zayka even more... the food is just as fantastic, the staff is incredibly friendly and warm, and they really invested in revamping the decor to make it a pleasant ambiance. It's obvious Daniel, the new owner/mgr?, and his team are working extremely hard to make the restaurant not only a success but part of the community- I bet Squeeze's review really upset them (heck- it upsets me!). Something clearly went wrong during Squeeze's visit, but it's definitely not the norm.

By Cathy S.

The food here was excellent, sadly the service was not.

Although the staff seemed really nice and friendly, they just kept forgetting things (drinks, side dishes etc') and although we sat down - in a half empty restaurant- at 7.30pm, we did not get our meals until 8.45pm.

When the bill came we discovered that 'reminders' of forgotten drinks had been added (ie they forgot a glass of coke, we reminded them twice, we were charged for 3 cokes).

They forgot to provide an ordered tea, when we reminded them they brought lollies as a nice gesture...but not the tea.

Service was not included- we paid the bill using £20 notes as we were splitting the bill between 5 (it was all the cash machine was giving out) but our (intended to be) quick meal cost far less per head.

We never saw the change- they just whipped it all away and feigned smiling and 'not understanding' so that asking for the change so we could set our own tip (which would NOT HAVE BEEN 25%!! If anything) would have caused a scene and made us look mean.

I accept a couple of the waiters may have been young, inexperienced and perhaps have limited English- but the manager was the worst for this 'smiling and nice' poor service.

By Rebecca H.

Zayka is one of Ealing’s best kept secrets, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Broadway but close enough that you could walk there in five to ten minutes. Zayka has a great reputation with the locals for providing fresh, authentic Indian and Nepalese food in a contemporary setting.

The Venue
From the outside, Zayka looks like a fairly modern establishment which is a theme that is consistent throughout. Even though the restaurant has been there a fairly long time, they have managed to keep it fresh and bright with tiled flooring throughout, white painted walls adorning horizontal mirrors which give the feeling the place is bigger than it is. Situated close to both South Ealing tube station and Ealing Broadway, this is a great place to eat after sampling some of the great local watering holes. It is also a stone’s throw away from Ealing Studios, if you happen to be visiting.

The Atmosphere
Zayka has a great feel to it when you walk in, a bit like when you enter a nice gastro pub where they have an open fire on the go. It is welcoming and warming with hundreds of different conversations going on throughout the restaurant. The staff are extremely polite and friendly and you can be left to enjoy your meal without feeling like you are going to be ousted for the next arrival of hungry punters. Booking is highly recommended, otherwise you could end up sitting by the door, which means sharp drafts and food that doesn’t stay piping hot for very long.

The Food
A great way to kick off your meal is with a mixed starter which consists of cubes of lamb and chicken tikka, which have a real barbecue flavour to them, as well as a sheek kebab and a quarter of tandoori chicken. Incidentally this tastes exactly the same as the cubes of chicken except it isn’t on the bone. The lamb can be a little bit chewy and somewhat bland in taste whereas the sheek kebab is soft and flavoursome with chopped up spices and a sufficient amount of seasoning.

The mains include a number of traditional dishes such as the dopeaza, bhuna and rogan josh, as well as a number of house specialities that are worth sampling. The chicken tikka jalfrezi lacks that real chilli punch but is packed full of tomatoey flavour and perfectly cooked meat, and no shortage of it. If you like your curries a bit spicier, the staff are more than happy to accommodate your personal preferences. The sides include the mouth watering sag paneer which comes with cubes of cheese in spinach which has been cooked with spices and a bit of chilli, albeit very mild. This is a really tasty accompaniment to a main course, although the amount of cheese is a bit limited compared to the spinach. Another delight is the aloo gobi and this entire dish is turmeric yellow with black mustard seeds and a semi-rich onion like sauce. The potatoes are soft and fluffy and the cauliflower is just slightly more than al dente. This can be nicely finished off with a garlic naan to mop up the remnants of your dishes. All hot dishes arrive on a little stand with candles underneath to keep them warm. For starters you can expect to pay between £3 and £6, side dishes are a similar price mains are £6 to £8.

The Drink
Zayka boasts a good selection of wines ranging from £15 to £25 and the quality isn’t bad either. You’re certainly not going to find a cheeky vintage on the menu but there is a good enough selection to come away with a hearty glass of red. You wouldn’t go far wrong with a mid-range bottle of Merlot, medium to heavy with a hint of chocolate and oaky flavours. Equally, if you’re not a wine connoisseur, you’ll find a decent selection of lagers to choose from.

The Last Word
If you’re looking for a traditional, authentic Indian meal in a bright and bustling setting, then Zayka is the place to go. You may not come away from there thinking you’ve had the most amazing meal in your life but you’ll certainly want to re-visit.

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