Review on Zaika of Kensington
Zaika, a critically acclaimed Indian restaurant that opened its doors in 1999 was closed in December 2013, when the premises became home for a short period to the One Kensington restaurant. The Tamarind Collection Group re-opened their long-term Indian restaurant in November 2014 on its original site, situated opposite Kensington Palace in a grade II listed building that was The London & County Bank in 1885.
The kitchen is under the leadership of Executive Chef Sanjay Gaur previously of Gordon Ramsay's Maze in Mayfair, the Savoy Grill and Angela Hartnett's Murano, together with Head Chef Shoeb Haider. Zaika means sophisticated flavours and the menu reflects this offering authentic dishes from the subcontinent with an innovative and modern twist, showcasing contemporary cuisine from the Awadhi traditions of Northern India.
Kick off with seared scallops. curry leaf, coriander and chilli crusted scallops served with a smoked red-pepper chutney before a main course of Nihari Gosht, slow-cooked lamb shanks with browned onion and aromatic spices or from the sea choose Mahi Musallam, oven baked stone bass on a bed of onion and homemade Awadhi spices. Close the show with intriguing desserts in the shape of Chocolate Bounty Bar, gluten free coconut bounty bar with nougat, apricot and popcorns or Cassata Landscape, a classic version of cassata revisited the Zaika way.
There's a first class wine list that brings together some great wines from around the globe, as well as an excellent selection of champagnes and a cocktail menu.
Zaika of Kensington is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Sanjay Gaur and Shoeb Haider
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.45pm (5.30 - 9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express