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Zest

#385 of 1,787 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
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15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
+44 (0)131 556 5028
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 11
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really good

Just a short walk from Princes Street, you are made welcome as soon as you arrive. Friendly and engaging,the maître de and his staff are so attentive and helpful. A busy little place, we, a party of 4, sat at a table in the middle of the restaurant with people from various countries all evidently... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
BladderedBath
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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Steffisburg, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

very friendly staff, great location. recommended if you're looking for authentic and delicious indian food. nothing to complain about

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Zest is a decent impersonation of Indian food. The food has been modified to suit the local tastes and hence has become bland. The rotis for instance are thick not soft and thin, so the Scot can say I ate "Naan Bread" or "chapati bread". The ambience is Ok. The management is Bangaladeshi and hence impersonation of Indian is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Great Indian restaurant, staff were very friendly and polite! Didn't have to wait long for the food too which is always a bonus! Would eat there again.

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We used the trip advisor app whilst in Edinburgh to find this Indian restaurant. My wife and I were just spending the day there. We looked at the previous reviews and decided this was the one we wanted to try, we were delighted that we did. From entering the place we were greeted like we were royalty, the people that... More 

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Bath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Just a short walk from Princes Street, you are made welcome as soon as you arrive. Friendly and engaging,the maître de and his staff are so attentive and helpful. A busy little place, we, a party of 4, sat at a table in the middle of the restaurant with people from various countries all evidently drawn to Zest because of... More 

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liverpool
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Really enjoyed R meal here on a recent visit to Edinburgh. The food was non greasy and full of flavour and the service nice and friendly

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It was my first visit at ZEST and I had ZEST special Lamb Shank. The Best Lamb Shank I ever had in Indian restaurant in Edinburgh. Friendly service, good atmosphere and the prices are very very reasonable. There are few unusual dishes in the menu such as P297 Special, Sir Wallet Scott Lamb Shorisha, Salmon 65 which I could't taste... More 

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Kavala, Greece
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60 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I am not a specialist in Indian cuisine and I can't say if it was the best Indian I 've ever had. But it tasted right to me! I enjoyed all of my dishes same as my partner did. Very nice staff, warm and helpful. I don't find a reason why not to go back again, so if there's a... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We had a gorgeous meal here recently. It was very busy but they fit us in even though we didn't have a reservation, probably advisable to book a table. The food was gorgeous and the atmosphere was good, the staff were all very friendly. Totally excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Zest is an excellent place to eat This is in Edinburgh's new town and it's location is excellent for sightseers and shoppers alike. The lunchtime menu is varied and is excellent value. The service is friendly and very attentive. I have to make one point I respect the min price as they have limited seating and zest gets very busy... 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 23 - 39
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Questions & Answers

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

Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.