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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 #340 of 1,836 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $26 - $43
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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132 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Lubbock, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We happened upon Zest when we could not find another restaurant we were looking for. It was very crowded with a big party, but they squeezed us in anyway. The food was very good - it was the best vege pakora I have ever had. The wait staff was attentive. We enjoyed a very good meal.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

My Wife and I had a good takeaway from here.........very spicy......good heat too !!! Good location just off the main drag.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The best Indian meal ever. Stay in Edinburgh? Go to Zest and have the same experience! Just 200 yards from Queen Street.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely meal here when on a solo weekend visit to Edinburgh. It doesn't look much from the outside but inside it's very nicely laid out with pristine white cloths on the tables, polished cutlery and glasses, and a nice simple fresh decor. Welcome and service very good. Popadoms still warm but not oily, onion salad and lime pickle... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Had post marathon curry (saag gosht) and partner had Jaipur chicken. Both very good. Decor needs a lick of paint here abd there and the seats are starting to look tired. Classic curry house music and dog eared menu. But if you're not so fussed about plush surroundings and just want good food, it's a winner

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Had a good Saag Ghost and peshwari naan here when staying nearby on business. Service was good and food arrived quickly and hot. Decor was modern and stylish. Fresh roses on each table. I came in based in TripAdvisor award in window and wasn't disappointed. I was the only one here at 7pm although it was a bank holiday monday... More

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