We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Zest

#460 of 1,800 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
New Town
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
+44 (0)131 556 5028
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 185 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Indian restaurant Zest

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Gary S
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
Add Photo Write a Review

185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
379 reviews 379 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The pizza here is terrific. Ordered what I think was called a "Tuscana" and it was well presented and delicious. My problem with Zizzi on the canal is its orientation. It rarely gets the sun and can get quite chilly and breezy. Having said that, bring a jumper and enjoy.

Was this review helpful? Yes
York, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We had spent some 2 hours at the National Portrait Gallery and had spotted this restaurant as a possible for lunch. What a wise choice. Excellent food and service. The vegetable pokhora as a starter was fresh and accompanied by a dip which was different and delicious. King prawns and Sir Walter Scott lamb strongly recommended. Chapattis, two glasses of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The food was amazingly tasty and the restaurant was cozy. We were very pleased with the taste of the dishes we've ordered. Staff were very friendly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

The food was excellent me and my parter both really enjoyed the food, both starter and mains. We would eat here again. The only down side we have an 11 month old daughter and they don't have a high chair.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Tasty and authentic indian cuisine. Prices are reasonable and serving size is large. Overall satisfied.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Zest also viewed

 
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
 

Been to Zest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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: Entertaining clients, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Zest staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
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.