Zari Zardozi Zari Zardozi

Though no longer the best Indian in the city, this former award-winner still hits the mark Reviews

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Like all old-timers, this former 2006 award-winner has picked up a few eccentricities. First and most bafflingly, there’s the TV screen in the corner, looping episodes of Mr. Bean ad infinitum. Then there’s the menu. It’s a beast, featuring so many pages that you could happily batter a man to death with it. In reality, though, much of it could be done away with – starting with the ‘tandushi’, an ill-advised fusion of tikka-spiced meat rolled in rice and seaweed that we’re amazed hasn’t seen the Japanese army storming the beaches of Chennai.

More traditional dishes are, thankfully, where Zari Zardozi’s strengths lie. Curries are light on grease and big on rich, creamy sauces, sporting subtle flavours that make the tender chunks of meat sing. Hardly a wise lifestyle choice, but chances are you’ll be back soon enough. With a tighter focus on the things it does well, Zari Zardozi could well storm back through the ranks and show the new boys who’s boss. But even with Rowan Atkinson pratting around in your peripheral vision, it’s still a great place for a satisfying curry.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Al Raha Mall, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 556 5188
  • Travel: Channel Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: UK on 07 Apr ' 13 at 16:31
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Poor service and the veggies in the food taste like out of frozen packets.

Posted by: Inaayah on 10 Mar ' 13 at 12:48

I was a big fan of this restaurant the first time i went there 2 years back....but to my disappointment....every trip I made after that....the food was bad...staff not attentive and the decor looked beautiful initially with nice compartment separations...but now!!....tacky music.....just not a delight any more!!!
Hope Zari fixes it all soon!!!

Posted by: Mak on 04 Nov ' 12 at 11:18
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Claire on 12 Nov ' 11 at 03:34
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Delighted to have tried this place. Sure we will become regulars now. Excellent food along with top notch service. Naan Bread the best we've ever had and husband said his Goan fish soup was the best he had ever had also!

Posted by: KJ on 26 Aug ' 10 at 10:38
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Lovely Staff , authentic Indian Food and Ambiance . A must try and then you will be hooked. Their Goan Fish curry is what I am a big fan of and for appetizers dont forget to give thier Potli Samosas a shot as well . Good for a nice friendly get together which was how I came across this place at first .

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