Zama Punjabi Restaurant
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!!
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.
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.
Amazing food and staff, had such a good night. 100% will be back soon!!
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!
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.
Food was good it was just the service that was a bit shambolic.
Great tasting food. Not sure how authentic it is but tasted good. We went for small plates and over ordered a bit.
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!
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.
Lovely decor with great food and efficient polite staff , Will definitely go again
Great food! Better than Chilli Pickle, delish and will be back for sure
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.
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.
Fabulous in every way but nirvana ain’t cheap !
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.
Charming! Very good food and atmosphere
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
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.
Great food. Great service. Been a few times and would definitely go again
Love the food and the service was great. Was just quite loud on Friday when we attended
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.
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!
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,.
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.
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.
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.
One starter a bit cold; long wait for main course. Otherwise, the food was excellent.
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.
Nice food, pleasant, airy modern restaurant, pleasant staff although service a little slow
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.
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!
Third time I’ve been here and the food is exceptional. Good service. Quite pricey but worth it. Highly recommend
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.
Great food, great service! One of the few Indian restaurants in Brighton and Hove which serves authentic food.
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!
Really loved our meal here ! Authentic Indian food , not greasy , really flavourful of herbs & spices ! Delicious !
Sufficiently different restaurant to make it stand out from the rest. Drinks slightly expensive but otherwise very good value for the area.
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!
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.