I come here more often than any other similar restaurant in the area. In fact it's probably my favourite curry in London.
Why is that?
1. I can sit down immediately almost every time
2. The food is excellent. As good as, if not better than, everywhere else around, including Tayyab's and Needo.
3. The staff are friendly and the service is fast
4. Unlike most other places nearby, the whole place is clean, including the toilets
5. The decor is a cut above the standard you find elsewhere. It's not amazing, but you can see they've at least put a bit of effort into it.
I don't get that excited about eating out around Whitechapel Tube station - it's a lot of fast food fried chicken and questionable hole-in-the-wall spots covered in 10 years' worth of grease and grime. Imagine my surprise to stroll into Zaza's, at the heart of Whitechapel (a stone's throw from the Mosque) and get great, friendly service and fantastic food and drink.
On the recommendation of a co-worker, I had the kebab roll off the starters menu, with is minced lamb and comes with naan. At £2 and with such a basic sounding description, I wasn't expecting much. But a wonderfully presented entrée that included two kebabs piled on a fresh-baked and perfectly cooked naan, topped with fresh tomato, cucumber and red onion and drizzled with mint sauce really impressed. I tend to find lamb entrees too salty, but this was not. It was simple, good quality meat and well-spiced. Not only was it an ample serving, the ingredients were good - the veggies fresh and crunchy and naan doughy and crispy in all the right places. And for just £2?! Consider me a fan.
I also sampled a mango lassi (a yogurt based drink, I would call it a smoothie) that was tasty, of good consistency and not too sweet, but in my opinion should have been served colder (was slightly less than room temperature).
Note: They take cards but with a £10 minimum.
Came here late one night with a friend, when many other places were closed (open late = convient).
Service was really good, and the waiters were friendly and tried hard to keep us happy.
Had lamb samosas, which were very good (and decently priced), then a lamb tikka massala...which was good, but not amazing. (meat was good quality, but i've had better sauces).
Also had some mango lassis. We asked for one without sugar and one with less sugar, both came out just right (on the sweetness level) but they were a little too liquidy for my taste.
Overall, nice place. Would come back if i was in the area and in the mood for indian food.
Zaza's restaurant delivers this traditional Punjabi cuisine to the UK in emphatic style. Conscious about their health, these wrestlers chose a strict diet of healthy grilled food, the most popular amongst them being Chicken Malaye Tikka and Chicken Kasoori Tikka. Other favourites includes Haleem, Nihari, Rogni Nan and Chicken and Lamb Karahi.
Based around these traditions, the family recipes have been added to and passed down for years, and these flavours have now drifted onto the streets of Whitechapel in London.
Established in 2010.
Zaza's would like to bring to you the authentic tastes of Punjabi Cuisine from Pakistan. We have been in the food industry for the past 15 years in Gujranwala, Pakistan and would now like to bring to East London the famous curries and grills of Gujranwala, Pakistan. We have catered for large parties and weddings at Rida Banquet halls on the famous GT Road in Gujranwala Pakistan and would now like you to experience our mouth watering flavours and generous hospitality. Our chefs have international experience and are experts in producing tantalising dishes that will make your taste buds go wild. Our menu caters for all your needs as we have a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and all our dishes are freshly prepared using the finest spices and guaranteed Halal meat. We have an exotic juice bar where we provide a variety of refreshing freshly prepared juices and lassis for you to enjoy.