We are a group of 4 curry and beer enthusiasts, Niggles, Joebeak, Davekins and Chossmops who decided to trawl the curry houses of Ipswich to find the best and worst the town has to offer, we are rating each place in 5 categories: atmosphere, service, food, menu and drinks. Survey score is posted at the bottom of each review.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Review of Zaika

Zaika situated at 17 St. Nicholas Street Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1TW - 01473 210 110 and is a generally popular restaurant, so we hoped for something good. We arrived at about half 8 and so it was peak time, they were surprised to find we hadn't booked and so I would generally recommend if you wish to eat here on a Saturday call ahed. We were seated in a cosy alcove and the atmosphere was warm and generally friendly with low lighting, however this did make it a little of a challenge to read the menu. We were very quickly served with a round of drinks and popadums, however after taking our main orders and clearing away the starter plates we had another hours wait before the main courses arrived. The food arrived (with the waiter persistently calling me "sir", being a busty young lady this was a little odd) and I had a vegetable masala which was very very sweet and could have done with a little more variation in the flavour, Nigglybeak said he thought it was "overpriced and underflavoured" and Davekins who opted for the chicken jelfrazi said he thought that the My Keralam version of the dish was far nicer. Needless to say we were all a little dissapointed already, however when the bill arrived we were shocked to find that it worked out at £30 more than the average price we normally paid anywhere else. The verdict is that this would be a nice place for a quiet date mid week if you dont mind being a little cramped, but dont expect the food to be very exciting and take a little extra cash as you'll need it.

Survey Score: Zaika: 58%

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