people kept coming in the
people kept coming in the afternoon. i went with two of my friends. Had lamb dishes. we had a good time.
Location is a bit challenging.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Zaika (fka Tandoori Nights)
Zaika (fka Tandoori Nights) is a personal favorite and was a great spot for a small 40th birthday celebration. The food is delicious - their crispy spinach app. rivals that of the downtown restaurants. Bonus, we were able to bring in an outside dessert without any problem. Highly recommend!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was great -- prepared
The food was great -- prepared with care and skill.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and great service.
Wonderful food and great service. Can't wait to return.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love it here. Lots of competition
Love it here. Lots of competition in the area. Parking tough enough but I live the food. Service was super.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Continues to be exceptionally good!
We have been going to this restaurant every since it opened as Tandori Nights, and were very concerned when it changed ownership and became Zaika. There are many Indian restaurants but not many that are exceptionally good and we rated Tandori as one of the best in the area. We have found from experience when a restaurant that is really good changes hands it rarely maintains the same standards and quality of food. We were delighted to find that everything at Zaika is still as good as it was under the previous ownership and will continue to frequent this restaurant.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always love Zaika. The
We always love Zaika. The one criticism I have is that their tables for 2 are right on top on one another, so it can be difficult to have a private discussion and distracting to hear your neighbors. Food and service are always great!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We tried Zaika for the first time last week-end and were pleased overall. Service was quick and attentive, and the food was delicious. Our server was good about making mild menu suggestions fit for kids who do not like spicy food. The nan was hot and fluffy and every single dish we ordered was satisfactory. Great find, we will be back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
I took my wife to a Mother's day buffet in which we found the food very tasty and the staff pleasant.
We definitely plan to return to Zaika at some point in the future.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed myself and the food was excellent!!!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined outside which was lovely. The food is quite good - not the best Indian I've had, but good. Prices are a bit higher than you'd expect but not totally unreasonable. Great service. If you're going on the weekend, definitely make a reservation. If you park in the garage they validate which makes it only 3 bucks for up to 2 hours.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spicy Asian Treasure
If you like Indian/Punjabi food this will be a place you'll remember.
The decor is clean and contemporary. The food is delicious with one caveat. Almost everything on the menu has a good bit of spicy heat to it. Even the dishes marked as mild. On both occasiopns when we've eaten at Zaika my other half (who truthfully has no capacity for spicy food) found his meal too spicy for him to eat. On both occasions the waiter didn't hesitatate at all to have something prepared off menu that he found delicious. This is I think emblematic of the all around excellence of the service at Zaika.
I heartily recommend this great eatery only a couple of blocks from the Clarendon Metro station on the Orange line.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rarely have I found a restaurant where the service is impeccable, the food dreamy and the place elegant. We went to celebrate my daughter's birthday and our wedding anniversary, It was a memorable evening. I will definitely go back.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Indian food -- you
Excellent Indian food -- you have GOT to try the Malai Kofta and the Cheese Naan bread!!!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-wedding family dinner
Zaika set up our party of 8 (with places set for the extra 2 I put as a note on our Open-table reservation as possible additions) in a quiet alcove. The food was great and the service efficient and unobtrusive as the families of the bride and groom met for a quiet dinner the night before official wedding festivities began. It was a great experience.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we had was absolutely
Everything we had was absolutely delicious. In fact, it was better than what I've had at Rasika West End, there was more of it, and it was less expensive. The outdoor sitting area is a lovely place to have dinner and relax. The naan with dried fruit and nuts was wonderful as was the crispy spinach. The Chili Chicken had just the right amount of spice.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Indian in Clarendon
Good food, friendly service and super balcony on a nice evening.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Pleasant Surroundings
Dined here with 3 others, we all liked our food (onion kulcha, garlic nan, beighan bharta, lamb vindaloo, veggie biryani and a ground lamb and peas dish) and had a good time. The crispy spinach appetizer was a real highlight, not quite as good as the similar dish at Rasika, but extremely tasty and very generous. All portions were generous. We did not find the level of heat over the top. At first the service was a bit overeager, expecting us to order immediately, and bringing food while we were still having our drinks, but later relaxed and let us sit and talk. We will go back for sure.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fantastic, and
The food is fantastic, and I have never had a bad dish there.
My only complaint is that they often do not give you a good time estimate when you have to wait for a table. Also, despite having made a reservation, we were not able to use that reservation to sit outside (which was first come, first serve).
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Indian cuisine at its finest
I purchased a LivingSocial deal for this restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. The appetizer was superb, the entrees were filled with flavor, and the desserts were actually homemade. Delicious!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, service a
Food was great, service a bit less so. We seemed to have different waiters each time a dish came and they weren't always the most pleasant of people.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zaika is always pretty solid.
Zaika is always pretty solid. Consistently good food and service.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Big win for a first date!
I had been there several times when it was Tandoori Nights, but this was my first as Zaika... and it was great! Highly recommended for a great meal, friendly service, and a good atmosphere if you actually want to chat with the people you're with.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
It seemed that the waiter
It seemed that the waiter was trying to get us out of the restaurant quickly due to a bigger event. I was not to impressed with this as this was my wife's birthday with friends from Australia and seemed that you needed us out so we could not stay there to enjoy the ambiance and therefore my visitors would have stayed longer and drank more.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Indian Food
Finding an Indian food menu that accommodate a single diner is rare. Zaika has offerings that can be enjoyed by one person without an entourage.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Indian food within miles
This past Friday we had adage night at Zaika, and I must say it was excellent as usual. It's not a loud place and the ambiance is nice and modern but not over stated. The service was pretty good. I wished our waiter was in a better mood, but our food came out way too fast. We ordered martinis, and 2 minutes later the appetizers showed up which we absolutely loved. Crispy spinach and a delicious chick pea salad. I kid you not 5 minutes later the entres showed up which was entirely too fast. I initially wanted to order a glass of wine with my entre but was only half way through martini. Our main dish was chicken vindaloo which was perfect and the dom aloo or cottage cheese balls in an incredible. You will not be disappointed!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot..first time there but would definitely go back..great ambiance..tasty food...authentic flavors.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for lunch and the buffet was fantastic and great value. We will definitely go back when my parents are in town as they love Indian cuisine too.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorites...
I've been going to this restaurant since it was Tandoori Nights and through the change to Zaika. One of my favorites for Indian food. Always consistently good and, for the most part, they have my favorites on the menu (although I wish they would reintroduce hara bhara tikka, which I used to love). Service is sufficiently attentive without being too intrusive.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Indian cuisine. I am pretty picky... This beat the test!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Indian food for a good price
It was my first Indian food experience in years, and I must say that it was a good one! The food was really good: my girlfriend and I split an appetizer sampler platter and for entrees she got a chicken makhani and I got the paneer tikka masala. The entrees were truly delicious, with the sauces containing just the right combination of cream, tomatoes, and spices. The only disappointment came from the appetizer sampler: the simosa was a bit dry and didn't contain much else other than potatoes. Other than that, the food was excellent!
We sat outside, so the ambient noise was a little bit high. Also, because we were outside, the plates at the table had some dust on them, but they were quickly exchanges for clean ones, so it was no big deal!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than Tandoori Nights
Food was absolutely excellent! I had soup, salad, bread, entree, and desert, - all were excellent!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm not Indian, so can't speak to the authenticity of the food other than to say that my dinner partner and I were probably few of those there not Indian. Service was attentive (they kept the water coming) and we were asked if we wanted the spicy or mild version, something I might not have thought to ask about. Meals were served attractively, were very tasty, and generous enough for us to have a repeat the next night with leftovers. The decor is attractive, the noise level very low, the front desk welcoming. The manager (probably) came by to be sure we were being taken care of. There is a bar we didn't go to but it looked inviting. This is a nice neighborhood spot and we will certainly go back as often as we can.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM