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“The worst dining experience in Sweden”

Zaika - Flavour of India
Ranked #886 of 1,250 Restaurants in Gothenburg
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating
edinburgh, scotland
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The worst dining experience in Sweden”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

There is so much to criticise here, so I will list things in chronological order:
Upon arriving on a quiet Monday night with a work colleague, was offered a table at the back of the room, in between tables of uncleared away dirty plates- looked like they'd been there for a while. We politely refused sat in the middle of the room instead- the waiter remained sitting at the back of the restaurant playing on his iPhone. When we eventually got some menus, we were just asked what we wanted for our main courses- we asked if we could have poppadoms as well and reluctantly the waiter agreed.
I asked what beers they had available and was told that the premises no longer had a licence! However we could order lower strength beer if we wanted instead, as they had some cans 'under the bar'. He then proceeded to crack open one can of Carlsberg discretely and bring it over to the table. "Sorry we've no more of this left, can one of you have a different beer?" said the waiter as he came over. So it was now a bottle of Corona that also came from the carrier bag under the bar next!
Next to arrive were the Poppadoms- sorry I mean, the 2 poppadoms!! That's right, we were treated to 2 microwave poppadoms for a starter!
The main courses both looked very similar- both chicken and both in the same watery mild sauce. And both with exactly 4 pieces of chicken with no vegetables to pad out the rest of the dish. Maybe it's a Swedish preference, but each was also very salty as well. Maybe it's a rouse to get customers to buy more beers from the carrier bag under the counter??
However I'll leave the best dish of all to describe till last- peshwari naan with...... Glacé Cherries!!
Never before and hopefully never again will I eat such an Indian culinary disaster. The beers by the way (yes those ones from the carrier bag) cost us £6 each.
My recommendation is that you avoid this place at all costs- unless you like salty, mild curries and warm beer. Also it is the first curry restaurant that I've left and still felt hungry afterwards!

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English first
Oslo, Norway
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Would have never found this restaurant if not for the great reviews on TripAdvisor, but will definately recommend to anyone going to Gothenburg! The restaurant was modern, the staff was friendly and the food was extremely tasty! Reasonable prices as well (about 650 SEK for dinner + drinks for two people) Worth a visit!!

  • Visited November 2012
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really good indian food”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Loved it! The food was really good, well prepared and reasonabely priced. Good service. We will definately visit again.

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Pune, India
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96 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurant in Gothenburg”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

U can get enough of this restaurant...
Each nd every dish is delicious and a must try...
Would love to come this place again and again ad again...

Visited August 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Not an ordinary Indian restaurant”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

We went here to eat dinner on a Saturday night and were a little bit surprised at first since the restaurant was completely empty when we arrived.

Their menu is somewhat different from a "typical" Swedish-Indian restaurant. They don't have a the any of the "typical" dishes, and everything is considerably more expensive.

The food was very good. Me and my girlfriend ordered two separate dishes which both had the same "spiciness" indicated on the menu. However, we had to swap our dishes since my girlfriend barely could eat her dish. Not a problem for me since I love hot and spicy food.

We tried two of their desserts, and both were absolutely delicious. Our final bill ended up being around 900 SEK, which is about twice as much as I normally pay for the same amount of food at an Indian restaurant. The food was however not your usual Indian food as mentioned before, which made it worth the money.

The waiters were both friendly and service minded.

They only had people sitting on three tables (including ours) during our stay, which I found a bit odd. They definitely deserve more customers, even though their prices are a bit higher.

  • Visited May 2012
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