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Zest

15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland (New Town)
+44 (0)131 556 5028
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Ranked #379 of 1,855 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $42
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: New Town
Description: Not your usual Indian restaurant, Zest is smart and modern with a terrific menu combining classic and inventive dishes. The decor in this bright, airy, centre-of-town shopfront is clean and open, with white walls, blond chairs, contemporary styling. The menu includes dishes like starter of Zest's own tandoori trout, main course of medium-spicy Jaipuri chicken with fried mushrooms, onions and capsicums with Punjabi masala in thick sauce. Peshwari naan and bhajis are excellent. The service is hip and friendly and the wine list well matched to the flavours. And yes, there is chicken tikka masala, if you must, but this is a great place for exploring new flavours.
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

... but we were very happy with this. We went because it was so close and the reviews here are generally good. J & I shared veg pakoras - spicy, tasty, a salad garnish and yoghurt sauce with chili. Not a big portion but fine for us. Then she had green herb prawns and I had green herb veg. She... More

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Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We're just back from a visit to the Fringe as part of my 40th birthday celebrations. We had dinner at Zest on a Wednesday evening. Food was fab - himalayan crushed chilli chicken was superb! Staff were really friendly & always there when you needed anything. The missus did ask for them to sing happy birthday to me but I... More

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St. Louis
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

vindaloo was super spicy as it should be, garlic shrimp had a lovely sauce, with fresh chopped garlic. Rice overpriced for the amount, but we didn't care as it was our first night in a long day of traveling and we were just happy to get a good comfort meal. Overall It may have been a bit pricey but we... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We found zest based on this site's recommendations. It's a small, busy restaurant in central Edinburgh. The service was ok, everyone was polite and helpful but the staff don't communicate, we have been asked to order drinks by 3 waiters in the space of 2 minutes! The food was very average, we went for a mix of zest specials and... More

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Southport
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited Zest while staying over the road at Blue Rainbow. We'd read good reviews on Tripadvisor so were hoping it would be good and we weren't disappointed. The food was excellent, especially the lamb which was very tender. The service was really warm and attentive. I'm only sorry I'm not in Edinburgh more often so I could visit Zest... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We came up last night to go to the stand comedy club and the restaurant was ideally located unfortunately this is all that was ideal about this place! We read all the reviews - and can't believe that we've had such a bad experience! 10 of us choose to eat at a Saturday night at 6pm. No beer on draft... More

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Croughton
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Great food , hard to find better and the service was also Spot on. We shall return on our next visit of which we are already Looking forward to.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great friendly service with great authentic food and atmosphere. A good wide ranging menu with a well stocked bar. I would recommend this as a good old place to have a curry!!

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Sussex
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We chose Zest for a Friday evening out for 10 of us on a long weekend break. We had booked ahead but the restaurant wasn't busy. We had a lovely meal, the menu has so many choices and everything was very tasty. Portions aren't huge, no food was wasted!

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Lerum, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our first day in Edinburgh this time meant that we wanted to eat relatively close to our hotel, and the concierge told us that the indian restaurant just across the street had been positively received by other guests at the hotel. We decided to try it out, and did not regret that for a second! Warm & kind service with... More

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