Zama Punjabi Restaurant

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£25 and under
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Indian

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Zama Punjabi Kitchen offers tandoori feasts, Indian spices and marinades with select prime cuts of meat, and a buzzing atmosphere ~ a place to socialize over drinks and sharing food.
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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was pretty next level. Particular stand-outs were the tandoori prawns (huge, beautifully cooked with a genuine charcoal quality) and the Zama chicken curry (complex, rich slow-cooked gravy). Breads were exactly right. Bit of a mistake with a missing dish, but it was very busy and we were offered free dessert to compensate. Had over ordered so nobody went hungry anyway. New favourite in town!!

SS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went with friend for lunch food very good spicy and at lunchtime the naan with fries was enough for me.. will go again good value.

CD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff handled a difficult situation with calm professionalism after two men on another table, who were being rather loud, became abusive to myself and my partner. Our evening was not ruined thanks to the way it was handled by the staff and we will be back. Food was great and we highly recommend Zama.

RW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff, had such a good night. 100% will be back soon!!

MF
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great food and nice, friendly service. One small complaint: please provide warm dinner plates for your customers - eating off small, cold side plates doesn’t work!

LF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good tasty food, friendly service but not warm on a cold night with few other diners. Just to note, the restaurant operates a policy of not allowing bookings between 6.45 and 8.15pm through Open Table, so we booked for 6.30pm and had the restaurant to ourselves until 8pm. would return.

LA
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good it was just the service that was a bit shambolic.

TS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tasting food. Not sure how authentic it is but tasted good. We went for small plates and over ordered a bit.

EG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little find. Incredible food. Generous portions and wonderful staff. It’s not often you find a lunch deal on a weekend either and this one was well worth the visit!

C
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were disappointed. We ordered cocktails. Two of our party had the espresso martinis but one tasted unpleasant. We pointed this out and the staff said they had some espresso left so added it to one of the drinks. They offered to change it, but seemed incredulous when we said yes. I ordered something which they then didn't have so swapped to a cosmo which two of the party also had. Mine arrived looking and tasting completely different and was much sweeter so not at all the mixture of sweet and sour i had expected. I didn't send it back as we had already had enough fuss, but if you are going to offer cocktails at quite a high price it is reasonable to expect at least some attempt at consistency.
We ordered the food and the staff checked if we wanted to have our street food/small plates separately which we did, however they brought on of the main dishes with the other small plates. Then the rest of the dishes arrived they brought a chicken dish that no-one had ordered. We said we had asked for a fish dish and they said that this was it and they were just mistaken in what it was called. However, it turned out to be a chicken dish which was only discovered after one of our party had added it to his plate which had the masala chips on it. He doesn't eat chicken and fortunately hadn't actually tasted it before we realised it was wrong. The staff took the dish away and there was a delay in getting the fish dish. I don't know if the order went wrong or if someone else ended up with the fish. when they did deliver the correct dish there was an apology but it didn't occur to them to bring some additional masala fries as we had wasted the best part of a portion. When the bill came there was no goodwill deduction to recognise the poor service. The waiting staff are young and the whole thing felt very slapdash. They were very busy but the staff need much better training in how to manage in what is not a cheap night out. Some of the food was very nice but we won't go again.

A
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor with great food and efficient polite staff , Will definitely go again

CE
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Better than Chilli Pickle, delish and will be back for sure

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

lovely place, service was little up and down, sadly didn't get all the food in same time as we asked, starters Mix grill tasted great, but the main thali dish for wasnt that impressive, didn't feel like the flavour was there and meat was dry.
our Vegans were happy with their choices, it would be great if there was thali options for vegan as well.
over all lovely place and the staff was friendly and food was good.

TE
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I gave 3 stars only for ambiance as the restaurant was very hot and the noise level was 'energetic' due to a very noisy party of men.
Food was very good and not your usual curry house fare, only experienced similar in Birmingham previously.
Staff were attentive without 'hovering' - we couldn't eat all we'd ordered and when we commented on this fact the waiter suggested a doggy bag which was much appreciated.
We were a party of 2 generations and were pleased that the other customer were also mixed in age range.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way but nirvana ain’t cheap !

B
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Being parents of a little one that loves a good curry, we were not disappointed. We will be going back again. The staff were attentive, the food was 'traditional ' with a twist.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming! Very good food and atmosphere

B
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely gorgeous, really delicious! Also the staff were extremely lovely and looked after us really well...really enjoyable evening there will definitely go again

p
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first visit was to a recently included Sunday lunch opening. We chose from a lunchtime Menu offering two options including a selection of choices for starter and main. Beautifully cooked , authentic taste and so different from your bulk standard Indian meal. We'll return on an evening to try the Thali.

MS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Been a few times and would definitely go again

EM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Love the food and the service was great. Was just quite loud on Friday when we attended

SB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Not much to recommend really, popadoms are not very nice, starter not very good and a lamb biriyani which didn't come with a vegetable curry on the side.
In all the other times I've eaten this in other curry restaurants always has a vegetable curry otherwise it's just to dry. To top it all off they do small canned beers at £5.

AL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Zama on Saturday with my sons and friends. We had the most wonderful lunch two courses with sides and nibbles to start with for £9.95.Unbelievable value for such delicious food this is the best Indian restaurant in Brighton and Hove!! The staff are wonderful very professional but very friendly. Will be going back again this is my second time and I recommend anyone that is looking for good genuine Indian cuisine to visit Zama.I promise you ,you will not be disappointed. 10 out of 10!

RA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our 2nd time here. The smells are intoxicating as you approach the restaurant, and the sauces and dishes you are served live up to the aromas. The tandoori haloumi is great - the tandoori chicken was great on first visit, somewhat drier on the second. Rogan josh was fine as were the aubergine bajis, the taka dhal and the raita. The "Bread basket" gives you three different naans for £4 so its worth ordering. The staff are an absolut delight and the customers all seem to be enjoying themselves immensely. Nicely situated in the centre of Hoves "restaurant mile" and keenly priced to boot. We will be going back,.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The refurb of the restaurant is to a high standard and the restaurant looks fantastic. A varied menu, we had two starters, two mains and two sides but we found that every dish to be too hot for our taste unfortunately. Would recommend the coconut ice cream at the end for a welcome relief.

ZS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,great service. Really nice to have an Indian but not the normal run of the mill Indian.
Shame they ran out of there signature beer.

C
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was very good, but there were too few waitstaff. They were clearly flustered and struggled to manage all the tables. One dish and all our rice had been forgotten and needed to be re requested. This was a Saturday night at just after 8pm, they should have been aware that they would have a full restaurant and therefore plenty of staff were required.

JW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One starter a bit cold; long wait for main course. Otherwise, the food was excellent.

LA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice food, we ordered starter and mains but come all together! Bit odd but worked and was more like eating a Tali.
Would highly recommend and will definitely try an evening next time.

w
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice food, pleasant, airy modern restaurant, pleasant staff although service a little slow

S
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very tasty food and pleasant,efficient service. It's a shame the Thalis were not available on the lunch menu as that's our only negative comment.
Will be coming back one evening to sample them for sure.

BH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and a great variety of options. We tried lots of things from tandoori chicken, to curries, and the 'fish fingers'. All fantastic! The restaurant is beautifully decorated, feels spacious and airy (not crammed in!). Lastly the service was fab, super friendly and offered recommendations. Will definitely be visiting regularly!

M
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time I’ve been here and the food is exceptional. Good service. Quite pricey but worth it. Highly recommend

WR
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for lunch. I am vegan, my friend meat eater. There was no vegan main course on the lunchtime menu but they made me something from the main menu. Starter and main course very good, nice ambiance. This is not typical Indian fayre. It is one of the few restaurants that take it up a notch and the longer established Indians should take note. Given time they could easily lose a lot of trade.

My friend owns an Indian restaurant in Brighton and wanted to check this place out. He is very particular but had no adverse comments and said it was excellent.

AB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service! One of the few Indian restaurants in Brighton and Hove which serves authentic food.

RA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not exactly "modern" indian cuisine, more an update of traditional indian styles. The real change is in the spices and sauces which were all to die for. The tadoori chicken and the tandoori haloumi were both outstanding as were the bindi bhaji & the taka dhal. Nice twist with the bread basket too - giving the table a choice of 3 different flatbreads. The house white is very serviceable at £20 pb and the service was top notch, personal and friendly. Thanks Zama people, we'll be back!

PG
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved our meal here ! Authentic Indian food , not greasy , really flavourful of herbs & spices ! Delicious !

MH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sufficiently different restaurant to make it stand out from the rest. Drinks slightly expensive but otherwise very good value for the area.

Y
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, authentic food that was also a little different. Could be a little on the spicy side for some but well thought out and well presented and very tasty. Very attentive, efficient service. Happy to have such a great new restaurant in Hove. Will be heading back there very soon. Keep up the great work!

N
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We chose this restaurant following positive reviews from friends and were not disappointed. The food was tasty and delivered in timely fashion, and the portion sizes were generous. Four of us ate, probably ordering too much, and struggled to finish everything. The breadcrumbed chicken starter was a little too well cooked for my preference but overall a very enjoyable experience.