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Zest

#377 of 1,915 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
New Town
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15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
+44 (0)131 556 5028
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Not your usual Indian restaurant, Zest is smart and modern with a terrific...
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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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Indian Food at sensible price

Myself and a friend were looking for a place for dinner on a monday night. We found Zest and whilst the layout of the restaurant may not be the most fancy place you can dine in, the food quality and service was top class. Would definitely recommend the specials. Price paid was in line with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
David W
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Myself and a friend were looking for a place for dinner on a monday night. We found Zest and whilst the layout of the restaurant may not be the most fancy place you can dine in, the food quality and service was top class. Would definitely recommend the specials. Price paid was in line with expectations for an Indian restaurant,... More 

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Darwen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Had main course only.....staying at tge Ibis near the Scott Memorial so felt we had to have the lamb dish! Hubby had manflu so waiter recommended 297 chicken dish which would cure him!! Possibly the best two Indian dishes we have ever had. Compliments to the chef and thank you for a lovely hour out......and hopefully the subtle spices will... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

I make a point of eating here every month with colleagues whilst visiting Edinburgh on business - the food is always excellent - I can't go long without a fix of their green herb vegetables in particular! The service is always fantastic and the staff are amongst the most friendly I've met. I've never been to Broughty Ferry, but check... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Staff were extremely friendly and the food was simply fabulous. Succulent tender lamb, the salmon was great and the nan perfect. Highly recommend it.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Really great place. Had a nice atmosphere, staff very busy but very friendly. Would definitely go there again as the food was amazing!

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited Zest last night . I hate to disagree with fellow reviewers, but this was the worst Indian food I have ever tasted. We eat Indian food in Bombay Joes in Broughty Ferry at least once a week and it is superb. The staff at Zest are very hospitable but you eat in a restaurant for the food and... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I visit Edinburgh over 20 times a year. Zest is the first choice to eat out. The P297 is a really tasty main course. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

It would be well worth flying here again just for the food!! Absolutely amazing. The staff were so attentive but not over bearing!! Great hidden gem

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We had a takeaway from here when we stayed in Edinburgh. We were with our 5 month old daughter so a takeaway was a good option once she had gone to sleep! All the dishes we had were really tasty and flavoursome. Nice quick service.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

My experience at Zest was quite frankly the best meal out I've had in years. Unpretentious, yet classy, the interior offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, which is reinforced by the brilliant staff. I would be prepared to write a glowing review based on the service alone, were it not for the fact that the food I had was simply sublime.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)131 556 5028

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 37
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?