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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 #367 of 1,899 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $39
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
Neighborhood: New Town
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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
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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Darwen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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
39 helpful votes 39 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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26 reviews 26 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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35 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Nice enough. We found the sauces to be a little watery and lacking in flavour. The nan breads, however, were delicious, lovely and light. Staff were very attentive. A little overpriced, but use of the Tastecard made it more reasonable.

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Additional Information about Zest

Address: 15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 556 5028
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
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
Average Prices: USD 23 - 39
Cuisine: Indian

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