It’s so rare that a restaurant hits it perfectly on all counts consistently, but Zaiko hits the mark every time! It is tied for first place as one of my favorite restaurants in all of Bakersfield (the other being Great Castle for Chinese.) Although you wouldn’t know it by its modest exterior in an otherwise typical strip-mall, the interior has been designed beautifully. The ambiance is comfortable, peaceful, and beautiful with warm, simple, and classy décor. They have mixed contemporary design with ancient colors and motifs. The ambiance is matched by their fantastic staff who are informative, efficient, warm, and friendly….But then there’s THE FOOD! A M A Z I N G! Every meal we’ve had there has been exciting, perfectly balanced, with robust flavors and happy surprises. And just to confirm our experience, we are usually the only gringos in the place. Expats from India are at every table and there’s usually a large family celebrating something special. The portions are generous and a very good value. We have only ordered off their menu at dinner time but there is also a lunch buffet offered daily. Although you have other options for Indian food in Bakersfield, don’t bother going anywhere else!
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