Sliced citrus fruits on a wooden board
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A Feast at Zest Restaurant

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Sat 27 Oct 2018

My friend and I had a feast at Zest Restaurant last night. This Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant just off St Andrew Square has been around for about 20 years, but this was my first visit.

It was fairly quiet when we arrived at 7 pm, but it soon filled up and there was a real buzz about the place. It had a friendly, happy atmosphere. The owner had invited us to sample a few things from the extensive menu, so we left it up to him to choose our dishes. And we were not disappointed!

Interior of Indian Restaurant with large table and purple chairs

For starters we had popadoms with a pickle tray, garlic mushrooms, chicken kebab, lamb kebab, sheekh kebab and vegetable pakora. They were all so fresh and tasty, with some lovely dips on the side.

Mixed starters at Indian Restaurant

Then, for the main course we shared two curries, the Sir Walter Scot Lamb Sarisha and the P297 Special. With them we had basmati pilau rice, plain nan, sag aloo and tarka daal. Again, everything was delicious and flavourful. My favourite was the P297 Special, a chicken curry invented by the owner himself.

Curries and sides at Indian Restaurant

I had white wine with my food, a Sauvignon Blanc, which was actually really good for house wine. And although we ate so much that we couldn’t manage dessert, there was a wide selection of liqueurs to choose from. So I had a nice Gran Marnier as an after dinner drink.

We had a wonderful meal at Zest Restaurant. It was great letting them choose the dishes for us. We just asked for medium spice and no seafood, and they did the rest! I would really recommend doing this if you’re not too fussy, as you get to try things you normally wouldn’t.

Exterior view of Zest Restaurant at night

The prices looked reasonable at about £12 for a curry and around £5 per starter and side dish. Thanks so much to Zest Restaurant for having us, we hope to see you again soon!

Zest Restaurant, 15 North St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1HJ