Zest Restaurant @ JW3
Saturday: 8pm - 1030pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 4:45pm and 6pm - 1030pm
Finchley Road (Metropolitan, Jubilee) and West Hampstead (Jubilee)
Finchley Road & Frognal
West Hampstead Thameslink
13, 82, 113, 187 & 268
See availability for 1,000 point tables
Mon - Thu 6:00PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 9:30PM
Really enjoyed meal with husband
The Waiter ( from Donegal ) Ryan ? Made the evening. Friendly helpful excellent service excellent advice
Post cinema meal with a friend ( not Jewish). It was great to take her for an unusual and delicious meal which for me was Kosher and meaty and for her was exotic and full of fantastic vegetables. Service very friendly and energetic but a bit erratic. I will definitely return.
Our first time at Zest and we had a great experience.
Food was delicious - great, friendly staff.
Will definitely go back again!
Everything was great but the menu was a bit limited.
A busy (even on a Monday night) but friendly restaurant, one of the best authentic kosher places to eat. As suitable for large gatherings or family meals as it is for business lunches or dinners. the true taste of Tel Aviv in North West London. We sat outside by the summer beach for cocktails before dinner. Service was friendly and no problem at some of our group were delayed. Lots of sharing plates plus mains meant that everyone was able to try all the dishes and no one went home hungry.
Super food, different and interesting Great atmosphere.
Excellent food, tasty and creative, although we had to return a steak that was over cooked. However, it was replaced without any problem and was perfect second time. Service was first class from the manager and every member of the team. We were eating with family members who are French. They were very impressed.
Since dining I learned something about the Kashrut of the place which is suspicious. I will not be returning because of it. In addition it was severely overpriced and very little meat to the amount of salad offered. £32 for a supposed shared steak with a few grilled vegetables was outrageous. Their sharing menu seems like an exercise in screwing the customer.
Fabulous, tasty and original Kosher eatery. It is a sharing menu and we ordered almost all of it. I can highly recommend the Kubaneh, cauliflower dish, lamb koftas with an incredible peanut sauce and all the desserts. Will definitely return. Delicious. Great service!
I wanted to try the new zest as they switch to a meaty restaurant a month ago. I was expecting better. The service at zest has always been bad. The service last night was just ok. Still some improvement there. We had the salt beef which was barely eatable although with some flavour. The meat was hardly chewable and showed poor quality. The cauliflower dish impressed as well as the aubergine baba ganoush and the dumplings. The chocolate mousse was just bad and was graciously taken off our bill.
I love the place and spend a lot of time at JW3 but this needs a lot of improvement !
Fabulous food and really lovely ambience. Decor is really fresh! Only downside was it was really really busy and could have done with 2 more waiting staff.
Portions too small to share as a tasting menu.
Very limited menu with hors d'oeuvres and main courses mixed together.
Presentation of the food was good but the taste of dishes was bland and forgettable.
An excellent meal.
I loved the small portion sizes
Service was poor. Not sure I like the share menu. Some of the portions very small.
Nothing encouraged us to repeat the experience.
Awesome meal! The new meat menu is amazing! Highly recommend trying.
Very limited menu; of the 4 main courses 1 not available. The cooking was uninspired, lacking in taste. The bread in our basket was stale. When I asked for butter, it was off flavour and had obviously been served before.
Appalling service . No record of our booking and after being allocated a table we still had not been able to order after 20 minutes. even though the place was only half full. This continued even after complaining, so we left without dining. My comment on the poor service was met by blank indifference by the staff. We will not be going there again nor recommending the restaurant to friends
Food and drink very over priced.
Lovely, airy lunch spot with a small but delicious menu. Staff were friendly and efficient. The white wines were all very disappointing.
The food was really good but we made a reservation for 21:30 and no one bothered to tell us inadvance that the place closes at 22:30. We couldnt even eat dessert properly or choose what we wanted because it was late. Such a shame.
Fine, unusual menu with a strong Middle Eastern flavour. High quality and good for vegetarians.
Pleasant informal atmosphere
Zest was a find and an absolute delight. The food, I only had vegetables, was fresh and imaginatively prepared. The white winé Carmel, was also very good. The staff are charming, fun, knowledgeable and efficient. Zest made a super evening out of a simple movie date.
The place is pleasant if rather badly lit. The waiter greeted us by saying that the manager was off. He rushed around rather noisily in a virtual caricature of an overworked waiter.
The menu is imaginative but there are no descriptions of the constituents of the dishes and the waiter's explanation proved to be very inaccurate, and hard to understand. Both fish dishes we selected came heavily diluted by wedges of potato - not in the description and not expected. Extra carbohydrate in the form of the chips we ordered was not needed and more fresh vegetable would have been much more welcome.
The cauliflower starter was just OK.
The staff tried to be polite and the food came hot enough. One dish was served in the pan which helped.
Not great value but we knew that before we came.
The on-line booking form asked us to select the special occasion we were coming for, but that was not followed up by so much as a sparkler!
Overall, not a 'special' meal. Luckily, the menu changes often. But we concluded that we wouldn't be rushing back....
Usually love the food and service at Zest. Did seem however that they may have been understaffed the evening we were there and service was painfully slow.
The food was very mediocre and the menu has been significantly reduced in size with very little choice. Have always liked this restaurant and have not been for a while but was very disappointed with the variety and the food itself. Definitely don’t expect bargain prices but £21 for a very tiny portion of fish accompanied by some tasteless steamed fennel is quite frankly a joke!! Will definitely think twice before booking again. None of the party were very impressed. The staff were lovely but the restaurant was completely empty at 8pm on a Sunday evening
Fabulous Otolenghi inspired cuisine, always a pleasure
Perfect place to come before a film or performance .
Food is great and the young waiters are divine !!!
We enjoyed our meal but there was not a lot of choice on the menu. Waiter was rather irritating.
Wine overpriced and served at wrong temperature. Food good but portions small for price.
Service haphazard. Food quite tasty but not as hot as should have been. Advertised strongly as being mediterranean - specifically of Tel Aviv - but it's really not. Also, the menu is very limited.
Great food great service great buzz
A notch above other kosher restaurants in London
Food very tasty, generous portions and helpful, friendly staff
The bread and butter pudding used to be so great. Now it is off the menu. The Creme caramel was not nice at all. The cocktail was not what we were expecting.
I would have preferred a more extensive lunch menu but we all enjoyed everything & would certainly go again. Hopefully soon.
Our order took a very long time.
When it did arrive, the fish was cool and the crust soggy and the potatoes lukewarm. Dinner tasted good - but it was not hot enough and the fish certainly was not crisp and hot.
Waiters were very pleasant.
The food was good. As always the attitude of the waiter was atrocious. Rude. Hangs around the table often making us feel uncomfortable. Our requests were ignored. No apologies were proffered for mistakes. Not the first time this has happened.
Disappointing because I like restaurant atmosphere and food but it puts me off going again
Good taste, good atmosfere, friendly waiter, a bit expensive side
I appreciate the wait staff. They're patient and explained anything on the menu we weren't sure about.
The meal was brilliant. Excellent, unusual food - Sephardic (Spanish Jewish) I think - couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Delicious food, attentive service, and a quiet peaceful atmosphere (on a Monday night anyway).
Lots of contrast too - the bream main course dish quite rich / creamy, whereas the salmon tartare was light and subtle. The menu isn't enormous but we still found it difficult to choose because what they do is attractive.
Having opted for the aubergine (which was especially good) and hoummus starters, we were too full for dessert.
Overall - not cheap but worth it for an unusual and interesting meal.