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Zaika

Maybe we hit a bad night but our visit to Zaika left us underwhelmed last Saturday. We were placed very near the kitchen - maybe our punishment for being a few minutes late. The service was very rushed and overly fussy. We've eaten in many Michelin star restuarants and many more good (and not so good) Indians. But for us the fusion of the two didn't quite work. The room is unusual and classy but the light is poor with many shadows being cast on the food. One starter of spicy salmon with mustard and honey was good, another prawn dish very bland. For main courses, guinea fowl was nicely cooked and spiced but a prawn coconut curry was dreadful. Its presentation on a large bowl was a bit of a dog's breakfast and the comment ' tastes a bit like a sauce from a jar' should never be thought, never mind said in a place of this ambition and cost. Okay we should have complained but we didn't. Unlike the German couple next to us, who received a personal apology from the chef for a mistake that remained a mystery to us. We just paid our bill complete with compulsory service charge and left. A pity but maybe it just was a bad night...

Monday, May 08, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1


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