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09 Apr

Last week, I decided to redeem a Groupon that I had had laying around for quite some time.  Boy, am I glad I did!!!  Probably some of the best North Indian food I have ever had!

Zaiaka: Authentic Indian Cuisine

http://www.zaiaka.com/

Fresh ingredients in EVERYTHING we had.  Competent service.  Friendly owners.

Zaiaka literally means”the flavor.”  Perfect name for this place!  They even start your meal off with the Indian equivalent of chips and salsa- a basket of crispy pappadum, served with sweet tamarind and mint chutney sauces for dipping.

We started off our meal with the Zaiaka Mixed Vegetarian Platter.  This dish won’t win any awards for being, let’s say, heart-healthy, but it could win some for taste!
Vegetable Samosa, Vegetable Pakora & Paneer Pakora.  All of it was tasty and the perfect amount for 2.

Main course:

Malai Kofta: Homemade cheese stuffed in mildly spiced vegetable rounds in a creamy sauce. I have never had these lovely cheesy vegetable puff balls before, but I will now order them anywhere I can get them.  Delicious!  And the sauce that they came in was amazing- the perfect dip for the poori and garlic naan!

Aloo Gobhi: Fresh cauliflower and potatoes sautéed with freshly ground spices.  It’s pretty hard to beat SPICY fresh veggies on top of perfectly cooked Basmati rice. All the veggies were cooked perfectly- still crunchy and very colorful.  Really the perfect, fresh pairing with the Malai Kofta.

North Indians are known for their flatbreads, so we got two different kinds- garlic naan and poori.  The naan was perfection – chewy baked bread covered clarified butter (ghee) loaded with fresh garlic and herbs.  The poori, while a bit more simplistic was just as tasty and naan’s fried counterpart.  I would recommend both, for sure!

I have been to a lot of Indian restaurants in many different states and this was absolutely one of my favorites, if not my favorite to date.  Fresh, spicy ingredients.  Very friendly service.  Gracious owners. And a great assortment of veggie offerings.  They also have a lunch buffet every day of the week.  I am already looking forward to going back!

Overall grade for Zaiaka: Solid A

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Indian, Plum

 

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