Whilst the Indian restaurants of central London have moved on leaps and bounds in terms of quality and innovation, most local places are still putting out the same menus that established the industry 30-odd years ago. So when a restaurant such as Indian Zing comes along with the promise of an interesting menu without charging a Maharajah’s ransom, it’s definitely time to take notice.
The restaurant’s interior has apparently been designed following the principles of ‘Vastu Shastra’ – a practice believed to create a harmony between the five elements – earth, sky, fire, water and air in the environment. In practice, you have a textbook contemporary dining room with dark leather chairs, white table cloths and little else.
Chef/proprietor Manoj Vasaikar has created an extensive menu full of genuinely interesting and appealing dishes with inspiration taken from across India. We started with their Mixed Platter which included some of their more intriguing dishes. Highlights were the Vegetable Bhanavla, which was a baked and then griddled version of the ubiquitous onion bhajji; Green Peppercorn Malai Tikka which cleverly carried an insidious heat; and the comforting Lamb Salli (intricately spiced minced lamb stuffed with cottage cheese, served with spicy tomato & onion relish).
Mains were of a good standard too. Chicken Miravna was an incredibly rich and creamy dish with natural green fresh herbs and spices to lighten the heavy load. Conversely, the Khyber Pass Raan Lamb Shank was a wonderfully earthy dish which had been braised in a robust gravy of poppy seed, onions, ginger and spices. Our side dish of New potatoes in a tomato & onion gravy was also interesting enough to make it noteworthy. Unfortunately desserts weren’t really worth writing home about, but then again, good puddings in an Indian restaurant are a bonus not a given.
With starters for around £6 and most mains around £9, value was certainly impressive, whilst the food was interesting and enjoyable without trying too hard.
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £50
236 King Street
London W6 0RF