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15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland (New Town)
+44 (0)131 556 5028
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Ranked #378 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $24 - $41
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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Haddington, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Really enjoyed my meal here at Zest. Good menu, tasty starters and a nice curry. The interior could do with a little upgrading but it's the food that counts !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had an absolutely great time at Zest! Very nice personal:)! Mirage was doing a great job :)! And of course food:)! It was absolutely delicious! Nice background music as well:)! You have to come here:)! <3

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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Recommended by our hotel, we were directed to an unpretentious restaurant close to the city centre. Warmly welcomed by staff. The menu started with a list of assorted specialities featuring lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian. The more common dishes were put in a small section at the back. We had a vegetarian samosa and a ¼ Tandoori chicken as starter.... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

... 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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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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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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