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“Enjoyable experience in exotic surroundings”
Review of Zaika Restaurant - CLOSED

Zaika Restaurant
Price range: $50 - $100
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Dubai
Description: A refined restaurant serving the best of North Indian cuisine in a very traditional atmosphere. Sensational surroundings, exceptional food and impeccable service are a feature. The outlet is designed on two floors and offers 3 private dining rooms for up to 8 guests each.
Reviewed December 18, 2012

The journey to the Zaika is interesting. if you're staying on the coast side of the city (we were almost opposite it) then it seems to be about a 5 mile taxi ride to cross Sheik Zayed Road - the main highway! Fortunately taxis are cheap. The Zaika is in the Murooj Rotana Hotel near the Burj Khalifa. Once there you are whisked from the hotel in a golf buggy down some short side streets in this modern complex to Zaika - it's a laugh! Weather permitting, ask to sit on The Terrace and enjoy the greenery, bridges, pools and stream and the views of the biggest tower in the world. The staff during our visit were friendly, helpful and efficient. There was no hurry but we were not forgotten about or neglected. The food is plainly presented (by some UK standards) but flavourful and more some. The Tikka Chicken Salad (not the name on the menu) was smoky and tender, the Chicken Bhuna with Chick Peas was nutty, not too hot and full of spicy flavour. I've never tried Chicken Tikka Masala in the UK but thought it would be a safe bet in a City that has a 30% india/Pakistan population. It was a good choice. Typical Tikka flavoured chicken in a fruity, sweet and spicy hot sauce. Beautiful plain boiled rice complemented the flavour perfectly.

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Thank Stuart B
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

This is a solid performer that is located in the Murooj Rotana hotel. You have to walk downstairs (several flights of a round staircase) to arrive at the restaurant. They will try to seat you against the central collonade unless you tell them no. The fare is what you would expect of this type of restaurant. The rogan josh was hearty and the butter chicken savory. The staters were all excellent with good spice. The wine list is ample, but you will have to dig for a good value Pinot Noir to go with your meal. I would visit here again.

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Thank alleydw
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Buggy takes you to a very beautifully decorated restaurant. Food was excellent and the overall experience was good

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Thank nadadnan
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Zaika Restaurant is located in Al Murooj Rotana, five stars hotel near Dubail Mall and Burj Khalifa. I arrived into the hotel and I indicated my desire to eat to Indian restaurant. They told me that this restaurant is located near the pool. To my surprise, the braught me to it in a golf buggy.

The restaurant is designed on two floors and has 3 private dining rooms accommodating up to 8 people each. The framework is tastefully decorated and has beautiful views on the hotel pool. The fine menu featuring the best food of North India. Specialties tandoori dishes: do not hesitate to go near the baking of bread and skewers in the tandoor. The restaurant is opened daily from noon to 15h (16h Friday and Saturday) and from 19h to 23h30. Entries from 22 to 62 AED 80 AED flat on average. The welcome is warm and the server gave good advice and explanations of the dishes to a novice like me.

For starters, I enjoyed 2 kinds of papadum (pink and yellow) accompanied by four sauces, including mango, others I didn't remember, but one was green and brown a little "spicy ". Beautiful presentation.

As main dish, I'm tempted by the "Hyderbadi murgh korma", which is chunks of chicken without bones, marinated in a sauce of yogurt, yellow chilli, small potatoes and saffron mainly. With this the garlic naan. Particularly beautiful presentation of naans in a silver container. The chicken was delicious with cooked potatoes. A pleasant surprise.

The service was quite helpful, too sometimes, but pleasant nonetheless. I would definitely enjoy a great pleasure TANDOR specialties. Prices slightly higher than Indian base, based on the decor and location.

Areas for improvement: - Service too present

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Thank Lugano22
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

I was invited by a business associate to have dinner here with him and his colleague.
The service was really friendly and efficient and the food was excellent.
It was his birthday and after the meal, they presented him with a personalised birthday cake - brilliant!

Thank JohnT-Hemel
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