Zama Punjabi Restaurant

4.2
83 reviews
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Spicy
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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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ZS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

LA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

S
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

RA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First visit and we thought food was very nice and since our party included a Vegetarian and a Vegan there was a wide selection.

As newbies we massively over ordered but that was our fault.

Staff were all friendly but some of our Vegan questions had them stumped.

Will certainly return and be more circumspect when ordering

BG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great addition to Hove, full of flavour - the Samosa is a must

We will be back

ML
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Starters were nice but the main was disappointing. Service was very slow and not very organised. Bright halogen lights mixed with ambient lighting, not great. Although at about 10pm the bright lights were turned down slightly. Never normal for us not to leave a tip but didn't feel it was worthy. Had high hopes for Zama as the marketing was fun, unusual and slick but unfortunately food was very average and staff seemed like they really didn't want to be there! Shame.

CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the only negative is that , with all curry houses, the chicken is cooked earlier in the day. But in the main dishes it was tough and dry. Sauces tasted great ... but the chicken should be avoided. Starters great, Dahl great, breads nice and fresh. They had run out of big bottles of cobra so two small were being priced as one large... but they forgot that when it came to the bill

M
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good all round however my big bug bear is that the waitresses both leaned across the table to serve rather than walk round as they should do. If Zama management read this maybe you can pass on to your team who otherwise did fantastically and the food was some of the best Indian food I've eaten outside of India.

SM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening. The food was excellent as was the service.

RA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent quality food with a wide choice on the menu. Prompt and friendly service served in a comfortable clean environment that overall made for a very enjoyable dining experience. Will definitely revisit and recommend to others.

HB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience, the house white wine was particularly impressive for a house!! We'll definitely be back for more delicious food

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, excellent service and a very nicely designed space. The Green thali was delicious.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Waiting too long for the food. But when it arrived it was delightful

S
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was extremely slow, we were sat down but not given and menus. Drinks and starters quite slow to arrive, main course we waited ages. We were not the only diners to experience this, others had wrong glasses too (i.e. Not suitable for the wine).

AE
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food great service will return soon would recommend to friends and family

MC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience great food
Our second visit and will come again

CH
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!! Delicious food, great service and a lovely atmosphere

JM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at Zama! Food was gorgeous & the staff were super lovely. We’ll be back.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic as was the food! This is the first truly authentic Punjabi restaurant in Brighton which has met many curry lovers expectations! We were served by a lovely lady, I believe her name was Emily.

EM
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My second time in Zama and I would definitely go back for a third time. The food is really authentic and delicious. I am in love with the paneer and samosa. They also have a really nice, well priced Mocktail list - perfect for mid-week!

My only fault is that the noise level is quite high, potentially fixable with some wall hangings or drapes.

IR
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a superb new addition on Church Road.
Food is exceptional.
Strongly recommended

SL
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Expensive for what is served up, poppadoms from a crisp packet - possibly M&S looks like no cooking happens on premises except use of microwave and poor service.

Zama Punjabi Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Thank you for your review and we are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your time with us. Would you be happy to share more details on your visit? Please send your email to hello@zamarestaurant.co.uk with more information on the date and time of dining so we can investigate. Thank you The Team @Zama

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited 45 minutes for starter which we had to remind staff about. Lukewarm when it eventually arrived. Thali was nice though. Good house wine

Zama Punjabi Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Sorry to hear your starter was a bit slow but glad you enjoyed your meal generally - we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed dining experience. Friendly staff. Samosas were absolutely delicious and a great sized portion. House wine nice but at £20 a bottle a little pricey. Main meal of the meat Thali was really nice. Certainly would visit again.

Zama Punjabi Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

So glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us - we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday
Lovely’s staff
Fantastic food

LB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time I e been since it opened and it seems to be doing really well. A lot more tables now. Food was delicious. Really friendly service as previously.

Zama Punjabi Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Thank you for your great review - see you again soon!

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CD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in stylish surroundings. Service good.

Zama Punjabi Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Thank you for your great review - we hope to see you again soon!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - absolutely delicious food with lots of choice. Great, friendly service and really lovely ambience, for groups or couples - would highly recommend.

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