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mdibiaso | Feb 26, 2003 04:23 AM

We went to Zaika for lunch on Sunday just before flying home. The room is very comfortable, there were several families with children, it was warm and quiet with lots of fabric and the staff was very kind and helpful, even if they had trouble finding the wine we chose (a half dry german riesling which worked almost as well with Indian food as with Thai). The chutneys and relishes were very good. For appetizers my wife has a tandori salmon served with salad greens that was light, fresh and flavorful. I had the Zaika platter of assorted tidbits. These were traditional Indian appetizers with a twist. All were excellent including a goat cheese samosa and blacken chicken. My main course was lamb biryani. It tasted great, was very tender, but somewhat dry. And I give them credit because the waiter told me it would be dry (lot of rice and a pie crust on top of the dish). But the flavor was great. Same goes for my wifes chicken tandori. The saffran naan was also excellent. For desert we had some great ice creams (rose petal, mango). This was a very nice lunch and I would love to come back for dinner and try the rest of the menu. At lunch time if you choose from the lunch menu and avoid wine it is also very reasonable (my main course, not on the lunch menu) was more expensive then my wifes 3 course lunch which had several choices for starter and main). My wife gave it the top vote of our trip. I had it in second place behind Nahm.

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