Zest Restaurant @ JW3

4.0
150 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.

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What 150 People Are Saying
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LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Avoid the restaurant and go to the cafe instead. Kids meals arrived quickly and they were happy but our meal took over 40mins and when it arrived the roast beef/ potatoes were tasteless, over-cooked and overpriced. Sweet corn fritters/ babaganoush starters were tasty (stale shop bought type pittas though...) but it was a whole big palava ordering outside of the set menu. Unless need to go kosher etc would avoid.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, delicious food which was well presented. Some vegetarian choices too. There was a relaxed atmosphere and staff were helpful to hurry food for our guest who needed to catch a plane!
The rest of us felt unhurried and unrushed.

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MZ
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal for Sunday lunch - the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding was excellent! A truly fantastic kosher roast.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

It's kosher, it's ambitious, they always provide 'interesting' food, along lines of Yotan Ottolenghi - but by and large usually slightly disappointing. This time, sorry to say, it was cold, especially down our end of the restaurant (they said they were having trouble with the heating) and we left, and ate at Tish in Belsize Park.

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Love the sharing plates. Not cheap, but well worth it. Was sitting behind Sir Trevor McDonald...If it's good enough for him, then it's good enough for me!!

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Our meals didn’t come at the same time so most of us had finished by the time the full party had received their meals ...

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The starters were exceptional.
My fish was a bit dry.
Nice place and nice atmosphere.
I was surprised that when I asked for an expresso I was told I could pay for it as part of the restaurant bill but I had to collect it myself from the café, 10 ysrds away from the restaurant.
I thought the waiter could have done this and serve the coffee at our table as in any other restaurant.

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. An all-round terrific experience, and would highly recommend Zest.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly warm atmosphere delightful food

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took a client for lunch who had never been to JW3 before and I believe he was pleasantly surprised. It was a very enjoyable lunch.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

very cold, music (Sinatra on the loop?) too loud, food barely tepid, overpriced

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M
London
21 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant and tasty snacks - but totally tasteless dessert. They said they did not do espresso coffee, though the bar to which the restaurant is attached (and with which they surely share a kitchen) listed espresso. We were also told they had no coffee sweeteners: only as we were leavng did we see a bowl of them on another table!

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F
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was ok, but not great. We were there on Christmas Day, when most places were closed, so they charged a £5 additional fee per person PLUS a service fee. This, plus high prices to start, made it quite an expensive dinner. The cauliflower with hummus was great. Sweet corn fritters were nice. Aubergine fritters were meh, just kind of gooey and fried. Salt beef was tough. All in all, not a great value for money. At half the price this review would have been much more positive.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Five of us enjoyed all the food ordered. Speedy service & lovely waiting staff. Would definitely go again.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On the occasions that I have visited Zest I have enjoyed the ambience and the food choice.
The service is good and I was able to hold conversations with friends and not be disturbed by noise!
My only request is that a coat stand or hooks should be provided on entry. It was a cold day last Monday and we had to drag our coats and scarves over chairs.
Ann M.

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NW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Lovely service. Can't wait to revisit.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a very nice business lunch. Friendly attentive but not over attentive service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice surroundings. Small but very tasty menu. Mainly made up of sharing plates. Definitely plan to return.
Thank you!

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EH
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My friends and I reserved a table here for the Taste of Ukraine festival, excited to sample some Slavic. The aubergine salad was passing, but the other dishes were bland and overcooked...and yet only lukewarm. Extremely dry chicken dishes and desserts. I usually look for the silver lining in a mediocre restaurant meal, but this was so, so bad. We understood that £2 from each meal would be donated to World Jewish Relief, so I initially thought the inflated prices (£12 for a plate of 3 small dumplings when I was expecting a main, for example) reflected the charitable donation. We tried to use this same justification for the poor quality food...at least it was for charity. But then we saw that an additional £2 per person was added to our bill on top of the exorbitant prices. Thankfully, there was a decent house red to numb the pain. Don't eat here, man.

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SG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a special promotion of Ukraine food promoted by WJR to high light th plight of people living in poverty there. A potion of the bill went to the charity
I wasn’t sure what Ukraine food was .... it was delicious. The beef was cooked perfectly, my husband was keen on the chicken Kiev which was very tasteful. We went a group of 4 and shared.
We were well looked after by the staff.

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I know they were having a special Ukraine Food season but it was awful. Overpriced, cold food. The borscht didn’t taste of beetroot. Most of it was tasteless. The waitress disn’t know what the food was. Some of the plates cane without serving sooons
An awful meal. Been to Zest before and was looking forward to a good vegetarian meal.
This is the second time we’ve been to a soecial food season ( Syrian last time which was even worse)
Never again

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FB
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
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
Chicago
5 reviews
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
22 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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