We decided to try somewhere different than Roti Chai (see review) for some post-pub food from the Indian subcontinent. I have heard that Zayna was good; it is a small restaurant near Mable Arch which specialises in grilled Pakistani dishes.
We we’re put on one of the basement tables, which was not ideal but at least the staff were checked in regularly on the tables downstairs as it does feel a bit cut off. A starter of tandoori salmon (£8.00) was not bad. Kastoori Tikka (£7.50)- chicken marinated overnight with mint, coriander, green chillies and lemon had good flavour but were a touch over-cooked for me. I preferred this to the standard Murgh Tikka (£7.50).
Baati Ghosht (£17.00)was described as ‘lamb cooked up in a piping hot wok with tomato, ginger, onion, garam masala & a whole host of spicy goodness’. This main was pretty good, the sauce had decent flavour but perhaps could have had been more intense and despite the claim above, and the fact we said we wanted our food fairly spicy, it was not as hot as we would have liked. Jheenga Baati (£18.00)- king prawns with a rich tomato based sauce infused with ground spices contained some nice big, well-cooked prawns, the sauce was okay but not great.
A side of Lahori Chunay- chickpeas cooked overnight with onion, garlic, ginger & cumin we’re well cooked and spiced. Also Baigan Ka Bharta- aubergine cooked with tomato, onion & garlic topped with fresh coriander was good. A garlic naan (£3.95) was good quality and boiled basmati rice (£3.50) was fine.
Overall this was a decent meal; however, it was only a touch above the quality of a good ‘high street curry house’. The problem is that it is quite expensive for this quality of cooking; it is well located for Oxford Street so while not a destination place, it may be convenient for a meal.