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Zest Restaurant

#387 of 1,783 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
New Town
Bangladeshi, Indian, Asian, Halal
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15 North St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ, Scotland
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food and service good and friendly. The place felt a bit grubby and in need of a clean but it was late and we were hungry having walked from the Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. After we sat down a number of people sat on the entrance lobby steps drinking and smoking. Won't be rushing back gave me a bad impression.

Thank Steve F
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to dinner here this past Sunday evening. We shared a rogan josh. First time we have had lamb curry that was not grisly or tough. It was so good and had an ample amount of gravy to go with it. The chicken jaipur was also tender and excellent. The naan was huge and the basmati pilau delightful. We are... More 

Thank greymansmom
Oslo, Norway
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we are not Indians, my family loves Indian Cuisine. We were walking around trying to find an Indian restaurant and bumped into this place. It's tiny but cozy. Service is good and food delivered fast. Will definitely comeback to this place when I am back in Edinburgh. Only minor negative was that I ordered Raitha and got plain yoghurt.... More 

Thank YvesStGullbekk
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner Saturday and was pleasantly suprized the food was to die for service was out of this world would recommend

Thank tim p
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7 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think my caption says it all. I haven't been to a place that serves butter chicken the way they do. It's all sugar and butter. Awful was the taste. I'm not sure if the chef has tasted butter chicken before? I went there just because they had good reviews on trip advisor, not sure why they get good reviews.

Thank 126nitinb
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this Indian recently and were really pleased with our meal. The service was impeccable and staff could not do enough to help. They were very welcoming and made our evening a pleasant one. Food was very tasty and there was a good choice.

Thank Karen L
Shanghai, China
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

The food was very tasty and we enjoyed the Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Roganjosh and Chicken Vindaloo with Pilaf Rice and Lentils. All was very tasty and reasonably well priced however I thought that .95p for a single papadam was the only thing that created a bad taste when you can buy a packet of 24 papadums for the same price.... More 

Thank JMBA888
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Awesome Indian food, even late at night. We were by far their last table for the night, but still finished up before their closing time. The service was lacking, though. I've never heard so many "thank yous" in a single exchange before. One for every item he placed on the table (7). It made me uncomfortable and undermines the sincerity... More 

Thank John H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Genuine, authentic and simply very very tasty. After a busy long day at the office on Friday we needed somewhere to eat and seeing as Zest was across the road seemed ideal. From the outside looks nothing special, and not the biggest restaurant when walking through the door but this was where it ended. The service was polite and very... More 

Thank NewcastleNeil
United States
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176 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

We visited around 6:30 on a Sunday in June. We were seated right away. The service was very professional. There was background music which was very nice. The décor was minimalist compared to most Indian restaurants we have been to and although it was nice you didn't get that cozy feeling. We started with pompadons and chutneys and the chutneys... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $33
Bangladeshi, Indian, Asian, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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: 441315565028
Not your usual Bangladeshi 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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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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