Zest Restaurant @ JW3

4.2
129 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern
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  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
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ZEST is the restaurant, café and bar at JW3. Our ambition is to be the home of modern Sephardic cooking, its food a reflection not just of the vibrancy, it blends culinary cultures and the Tel Aviv vibe to create a more contemporary approach to Jewish cooking. Whether you want a drink, a snack or a meal, you’ll find a fresh, delicious experience at Zest.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Kosher, Vegetarian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 1030pm
Saturday: 8pm - 1030pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 4:45pm and 6pm - 1030pm
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Phone number
020 7433 8955
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Payment Options
Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer premier Kosher catering to anywhere in and around London
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Parking Details
If you are driving, please note that we are situated in a residential area, and we remind you to be considerate of our neighbours if parking locally. Paid parking is available at the O2 Centre, 400m away. Free parking on Finchley Road and adjacent side roads after 7pm (6.30pm side roads) Mondays to Saturdays and all day Sunday.
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Public Transit
UNDERGROUND:
Finchley Road (Metropolitan, Jubilee) and West Hampstead (Jubilee)
OVERGROUND:
Finchley Road & Frognal
TRAINS:
West Hampstead Thameslink
BUSES:
13, 82, 113, 187 & 268
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Thu 6:00PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 9:30PM

What 129 People Are Saying
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FB
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab supper great sharing dishes with super taste combinations. Serving staff really enjoyed making our evening a pleasure.

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JO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very tasty, innovative and reasonably priced.

Portions were fine. A very enjoyable eating experience.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and very good service. This was a 95th birthday celebration and the staff were very pleasant, kind and sensitive.

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PT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love the food here. It's fresh, nicely presented, and delicious. Plus, if you time it correctly, you can go to the JW3 cinema afterwards and it makes for a great evening.

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Delicious food & good options for vegetarians as well as omnivores

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JR
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Creative food. A step above other kosher restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice presentation of the food.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, really of the highest order. Best meal I have had for a very long time. Thoroughly recommend the chicken and beef dishes in particular. Service and ambience/ layout of restaurant excellent too. Obviously not cheap given quality Kosher meat but I think worth it.

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AL
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautiful interesting menu choices. Attentive staff. Reasonable prices.

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IP
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We ordered braised lamb with potatoes and salad. Excellent dish. Lamb soft and succulent, potatoes crisp, salad with a light dressing - simple and tasty; not overdone with spices or sauces, just natural flavours.
Wine was less impressive (Duc du France and Gaillard... ).
Good prompt service (much improvement since 3-2 years ago, which is why I stopped going then).
Aubergine appetiser was great in itself, but was served with white pita bread (I would have preferred artisan or whole wheat sourdough).

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S
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, interesting and tasty. We ordered a number of dishes and shared which meant we got to try an array of great dishes. The service was excellent and all in all the meal was great value for money. Looking forward to coming back again

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed meal with husband
The Waiter ( from Donegal ) Ryan ? Made the evening. Friendly helpful excellent service excellent advice

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H
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Zest and we had a great experience.
Food was delicious - great, friendly staff.
Will definitely go back again!

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but the menu was a bit limited.

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Super food, different and interesting Great atmosphere.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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G
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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J
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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L
London
20 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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 !

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HH
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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D
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal.
I loved the small portion sizes

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SQ
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Not sure I like the share menu. Some of the portions very small.
Nothing encouraged us to repeat the experience.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal! The new meat menu is amazing! Highly recommend trying.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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K
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasent staff.
Nice food.
Food and drink very over priced.

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AC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely, airy lunch spot with a small but delicious menu. Staff were friendly and efficient. The white wines were all very disappointing.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fine, unusual menu with a strong Middle Eastern flavour. High quality and good for vegetarians.
Pleasant informal atmosphere

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FL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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ME
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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....

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Otolenghi inspired cuisine, always a pleasure

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to come before a film or performance .
Food is great and the young waiters are divine !!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal but there was not a lot of choice on the menu. Waiter was rather irritating.

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EE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Wine overpriced and served at wrong temperature. Food good but portions small for price.

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