"We cheered when the owners of Tamarind bought Zaika, and they have resurrected the veteran Indian with new vigour."
True to the name, Zaika of Kensington offers authentic flavours of the subcontinent with an emphasis on refined, creative and contemporary cuisine from the Awadhi traditions of Northern India. Awadhi is heavily influenced by the Mughal and Nawabi styles and offers preparations that are an indulgent mix of flavours and spices, creating gourmet spreads that may be described as nothing less than royal – indeed, royalty was the intended recipient of this rich cuisine. Not content with just great, classic flavours, they are served with a modern twist in an elegant former bank building with an ambience that is as fit for kings as the cuisine itself.
Zaika of Kensington first opened its doors to diners back in 1999 and is one of the few Indian restaurants to hold two prestigious AA rosettes. It wasn’t until November of 2012 that Zaika joined the ranks of Tamarind Collection, thus joining two of the most distinguished and celebrated Indian restaurants in London, and indeed in England. Reinvigorated, it opened its doors to customers once again as a tour de force of Indian cuisine in 2014, earning its accolades in the short time since. The reimagined Zaika is now ready to welcome guests with a menu that features all the usual favourites as well as many new options to titillate the tongue. Under the able guidance of Head Chef Shoeb Haider, Zaika is all set to serve epicurean delights that are sure to satisfy even the most sophisticated of palates, making it one of the best places to eat in Kensington serving perhaps some of the best Indian food in London. Perhaps most importantly of all, its contemporary approach to the Awadhi cuisine does not forsake tradition, but rather it maintains the roots of this classic Indian cuisine whilst giving it a new, creative flair to inspire the imagination.