Zaika is a Indian restaurant, located in Rawdah close to Turkuoise. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you immediately feel as though you have begun a mystical journey through India. The decor was absolutely breath-taking with attention to detail in every corner. There were jars filled with Indian spices nicely set up on shelves in the waiting lounge and the inviting aromas of incense burners fused with Indian flavours filled the air. We were then escorted to our table by very friendly waiters, dressed in traditional Indian attire and our eyes didnt get tired from observing the immaculate aesthetics of the place. The colours of blue and purple and the lay out gave it a very intimate feel. There were sketches of the Taj Mahal and elephants on the wall. The Indian chill out beats that were playing in the background only made the Indian mystical experience ever more believable and all the more soothing.
The waiter then placed a basket of papadums, a thin, crisp Indian preparation and mango and lime chutneys, a family of condiments containing a mixture of spices, vegetables and/or fruits, on our table. The papadums were by far the best Ive ever had. The waiter then presented us with the menu, it was quite large and there wasnt enough room for our menus on our table for two. However, it offered a myriad of options.
If youre a vegetarian, worry not because at Zaika Jeddah theres an entire section on the menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes. The variety didnt stop at appetizers and mains but there were also plenty of choices of Indian cocktails and desserts. We ordered one serving of plain nan (7 SR), a Murg Karma, chicken in a creamy sauce with cashews (65 SR) which is actually a Murg Korma but calling it a Murg Karma ties in with the restaurants ambience, a Chicken Tikka Masala(65 SR) normally roasted chicken in a creamy, spiced orange sauce, one serving of saffron rice (40 SR) and two soft drinks (20 SR).
Our food was soon ready and it was served. There were 3 loaves of nan bread, which was good value for money. We thought the mains portions were relatively small compared to other restaurants but they were filling. The Chicken Tikka Masala wasnt as creamy and orange as I wouldve liked but nonetheless, it was very good. The Murg Karma was unique as the different flavours married well.
Although I wasnt 100 percent satisfied with the food – that couldve been our particular orders. As I mentioned before, they offer a varied menu. Overall, Zaika is certainly an interesting, one of a kind Indian restaurant which is worth a try.
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