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“A roller coaster experience that I'd probably not ride again...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Zaras

Zaras
Cathedral Road | Oriental Inn 71 1st Floor, Gopalapuram, Chennai (Madras) 600086, India (Nungambakkam)
(044) 28111462
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Ranked #35 of 2,153 restaurants in Chennai (Madras)
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Nungambakkam
Bangalore, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A roller coaster experience that I'd probably not ride again...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We arrived around 1 pm to find the restaurant nearly empty, and were seated in the center at a table for two directly under a full blast AC unit.

I requested a table change because it was unbearably cold, and as there was almost no one there we chose a booth for 4 and sat down.

A few minutes later the waiters told us THIS table was reserved, and asked us to go sit in a small walled-off corner of the restaurant that looks like it's used for overflow.

They left us there FOREVER. We had already seen the menus TWICE - each time we sat - and there were 3 or 4 different menus which we didn't understand because it was our first visit, so we were just waiting for some assistance but all waiters were hanging out in the main restaurant and ignoring us completely. We sat with our menus closed and staring at the staff trying to catch an eye for about 10 - 15 minutes. They came at last and we complained about being banished to a corner, ignored etc. We had been in the place for almost 30 minutes and still not even a glass of water! The waiter didn't seem to understand English so we just asked for the menu to be explained and ordered the Saturday tappas non-alcoholic brunch.

They give all you can eat of the items on that specific menu as well as two mocktails for about 550 rupees. As another reviewer remarked, there is nothing spectacular about most of the choices, same spices, fried, same taste whether it's chicken wings, fish, and so on. Tappas is supposed to be really unique dishes for tasting not a bunch of oily appetizers that are all the same!

What really stood out was the tenderloin (for once a different preparation!) which was great,
and the pepper squid.... which was terrible.

The mocktails were delicious, but again, no attention was paid to us so we had to practically send up smoke signals if we wanted our water filled or anything else.

Oh, and by the way, the next 2 people (a couple old men) who entered the restaurant went and sat at the table we had wanted (the booth) and were allowed to stay there, even though they kicked us out a couple minutes earlier! When we asked who owns the place we were ignored and they refused to tell us.

Well we ended up sitting till the end of brunch enjoying the yummier items (chili fish, chicken quesadilla, and that tenderloin)

and left full to the gills and happy enough, but certainly not intending to return, that's just too much drama for a lunch date!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great nightlife”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

The music a bit too loud, the crowd a bit too swanky, the drinks a bit (never too) strong - this was the PERFECT place to unwind after a long crazy day of sightseeing! Loved it! Highly recommend the calamari tapas.

Visited December 2012
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Saturdays- no other place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

First if you are not a couple call up some VIP's in Chennai to get in. Because this place is normally packed.

Visited December 2011
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Bangalore, India
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Decent hangout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I visited this restaurant with my wife to check out this place, as it was recommended by some of my friends. The ambiance was pretty decent, and the music was also cool, not too loud. The crowd here was a mix of Europeans and people from the corporate/business world.One of the major disappointment was they did not serve any foreign brand beer here( except Bud). They do not allow guys without sneakers/shoes, however they do provide spare shoes just in case you are not wearing one. This was surprising as we saw a lot of foreigners come over here for a drink. They told us that they were out of stock, and they usually have most of the popular brands. We ordered a couple of fillers. The grilled prawns was nice and tasted fresh, and we also ordered Zara chicken. This was OK. This restaurant is expensive, however if you want to just enjoy your drink and spent some quality time with your partner, then this is one of THE places in Chennai.They have a valet parking option as well.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“A Place to be”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I am here whenever i am in Airport. This is good place for food. The quality and the service is excellent

Visited May 2012
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