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Zest

#469 of 1,817 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere and excellent food

Visited Zest with a colleague during recent business trip to Edinburgh. Received a friendly welcome on arrival, the young waiter was extremely courteous. The interior decor is modern and tastefully decorated. We were given ample time to select our meal, the menu included dishes unique to Zest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
Jackdaniels26
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Lesmahagow, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Went here with a friend and could not have enjoyed it more if I tried! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. Would definitely recommend and will be there again

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Conveniently located just of York Place, close to the centre of Edinburgh. Friendly staff with usual choice of Indian meals. Food was ok, not a bad choice if you feel for Indian.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I was recommended Zest from a client at work calling this his favourite restaurant and after visiting this place, I am not surprised! Staff were very welcoming upon arrival and food surpassed expectations. Have been once after and will continue to visit.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Loved the food here. Being an indian, i usually eat other cuisines when out of the country, but am glad i made an exception here. The food at Zest was healthy, tasty, well-cooked and perfectly seasoned, and the service was great. Must try: the Prawn Puri.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Visited Zest with a colleague during recent business trip to Edinburgh. Received a friendly welcome on arrival, the young waiter was extremely courteous. The interior decor is modern and tastefully decorated. We were given ample time to select our meal, the menu included dishes unique to Zest. The food was excellent as was the attentive service throughout the evening.

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Leeds, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Just a little bit downhill from the St Andrew Square tram stop. The food was your regular Indian fare but was really tasty. Don't remember if they specialised in a specific cuisine. Service was friendly and quick. Would go back.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Coming from USA, we are used to eating Indian food in non-descriptive shopping centers with little charm or elegance. That's how most ethnic restaurants can be described here. Zest, however, is not that - it is cozy, unpretentious, yet elegant. And the food is to die for! While staying only 4 days in Edinburgh, we chose to eat there twice... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had our worst experience with this restaurant. We ( family of 3 - 2 adults and 1 child ) went and asked for a table and were given a table which can seat only 2 people , so we asked for a high chair for our daughter and were given a " rude no" as the answer after which... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Great selection of dishes and reasonably priced. Staff was attentive to us and food came out quickly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Very good and nice staff. Manager was good enough to tell us we ordered too much food. He told us if we wanted to taste two appetizers he would give us two half orders served as one. Food was fresh and authentic Indian. Vindaloo was hot but had great flavor. We would recommend and we were told by concierge at... More 

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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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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

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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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.
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