Zest Restaurant @ JW3

4.1
118 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
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 118 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Everything was great but the menu was a bit limited.

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Super food, different and interesting Great atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 26 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 26 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 19 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

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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2.0Dined on 14 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

An excellent meal.
I loved the small portion sizes

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2.0Dined on 28 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

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

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2.0Dined on 28 March 2018

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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1.0Dined on 25 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 22 March 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 14 March 2018

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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3.0Dined on 5 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 15 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

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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2.0Dined on 29 January 2018

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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3.0Dined on 28 January 2018

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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3.0Dined on 21 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

Fabulous Otolenghi inspired cuisine, always a pleasure

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5.0Dined on 9 January 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 20 December 2017

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

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3.0Dined on 2 December 2017

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

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3.0Dined on 18 November 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 16 November 2017

Great food great service great buzz
A notch above other kosher restaurants in London

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Food very tasty, generous portions and helpful, friendly staff

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3.0Dined on 6 November 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on 17 October 2017

I would have preferred a more extensive lunch menu but we all enjoyed everything & would certainly go again. Hopefully soon.

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3.0Dined on 15 October 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on 8 October 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 3 October 2017

Good taste, good atmosfere, friendly waiter, a bit expensive side

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4.0Dined on 1 October 2017

I appreciate the wait staff. They're patient and explained anything on the menu we weren't sure about.

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5.0Dined on 13 September 2017

The meal was brilliant. Excellent, unusual food - Sephardic (Spanish Jewish) I think - couldn't recommend it highly enough.

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5.0Dined on 11 September 2017

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.

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