Kensington’s much-loved Indian restaurant is reopening with a stunning new look and menu.
The first ever Indian restaurant to be awarded with a Michelin star has remained a firm favourite amongst the residents of Kensington and Londoners alike. The highly anticipated Zaika re-launch will reintroduce Indian fine dining to the Kensington area in a stunning new restaurant.
Brought back by popular demand Zaika will re-introduce Indian fine-dining to the Kensington area this November, offering Londoners and tourists a taste of Awadhi cuisine and an introduction to dishes unseen in the Capital alongside gastronomic desserts, premium wines and opulent cocktails.
Located at 1 Kensington High Street, in the heart of Kensington and just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Kensington Gardens, Zaika have transformed a former banking hall into a unique and elegant restaurant space whilst retaining original wood paneled walls, high carved vaulted ceilings and double-height windows, offering views over Kensington Palace Gardens.
Kensington’s much loved restaurant will be brought to life with a living wall of greenery and an abundance of plants and fresh flowers around the room, reflecting the tropics of India. The walls will be adorned with over 150 pieces of artwork and the spotlights throughout will offer adjustable lighting from day to night, creating a magnificent setting in the 120 cover restaurant.
The kitchen will be headed up by Mumbai-born executive chef Sanjay Gour, who previously cooked in Dubai at Verre, under Jason Atherton, before moving to Maze London, the Savoy Grill and Murano; working under Angela Hartnett. At Zaika, Sanjay will return to his culinary roots, bringing together fresh, aromatic and healthy ingredients for a Northern Indian inspired menu.
Alongside sister restaurant Tamarind, the original Zaika was the first ever Indian restaurant to be awarded with a Michelin star, and the Tamarind Collection will be firmly taking the reins on the newly launched Zaika, assuring the level of service and epicurean experience parallels the Tamarind restaurants.
Rahul Khanna, who is responsible for business development within the group, comments; “It is a very exciting time for the Tamarind Collection to be launching the re-imagined Zaika. Sanjay is an extremely talented chef and brings so much life to his cooking and the project as a whole.”
Sanjay will be supported by head chef Dayashankar Sharma, who has been with the Michelin star Tamarind Collection for 11 years.