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“Faultless”
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Ranked #8,801 of 23,849 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Faultless food, service and a bloody good mojito! What more can you ask for?! A real mix of customers (including a certain Sherlock actor) - a world apart from the usual kosher offering.

Thank hkm77
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This place fills a gap in an area with few good dining choices, and also brings genuine top notch Israeli food to London - more authentic than Ottolenghi. The starters were amazingly flavoured "classics" such as cauliflower with tahini (if you haven't eaten this before, it sounds dull, but so isn't!). The mains are mainly fantastic tasty fish dishes. I was only there yesterday, and I already want to go back ...

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3  Thank JonathanKlein
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the amazing Middle Eastern style vegetarian and fishatarian food being served in a culinary oasis in the desert of Finchley Road (nos 341-351), close to the O2 Centre. Located inside JW3, a Jewish cultural centre displaying an exterior glass-eyed bleakness which disguises the richness purveyed inside, it more than repays the adventure of even entering. The all-day Zest restaurant and associated cafe, which are at the cutting edge of that kind of kitchen art pioneered by Yotam Ottolenghi, is feeding a growing demand for something more exciting, tasty, ZESTful than the Lebanese restaurants of Edgware Road with their traditional meze selections and re-heated kebabs. The meze here is truly something else and, be aware, a selection of two or three will not just dull your appetite for a main course. It will kill it. Jews do not favour small portions. But there is no meat at Zest. Instead, familiar fish - bream, snapper, cod, etc - are given a polyglot Mediterranean going over to emerge as fresh, new, exciting eating experiences. Criticisms? Yes, the Middle Eastern palate favours slightly more sweetness (the desserts at Zest, especially the bread and butter pudding,, are all-out killers) than savoury dishes. But the bill is rather more savoury than sweet. However, pick your way carefully through the menu and you will get good value for your money.

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1  Thank gdavidp
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Family visit quite recently .Very glad we had booked as the restaurant was full with a lively atmosphere. Zest is downstairs in the architecturally impressive JW3 Centre in Swiss Cottage - a large "clean" pleasant dining space with adjacent bar. Parking is a problem in this area but there seems always something available nearby
The menu is Dairy and not extensive - but for all that there is plenty of variety with some traditional Israeli dishes and consideration for vegetarians
We found the service very friendly and helpful , the food service a little slow but all dishes were delicious and everything was well prepared and presented
Quite expensive but a welcome addition to the Kosher scene and will definitely visit again

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Thank newmarket18
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We had a lovely dinner and evening at Zest.

The food we chose was excellent; the service was excellent and the ambience was very good, not least because a large group celebrating a birthday added to the atmosphere without impairing our service and general attention.

Between us we tried the mezze hummus, yellow tuna, cauliflower and aubergine served with a mixed bread basket. All these were of a high standard, including the fresh bread.

For main courses we tried the sea bass, a beetroot salad and an artichoke salad. The sea bass was excellent though some might prefer not to have to deal with the bones (and fish head). The salads were very good, though portion size was not generous.

For dessert, we shared the sticky date pudding that was rich and dense, and a challah bread and butter pudding which was very good too.

So, why is the overall rating only Very Good, and not Excellent. The rationale for this relates to the limited menu. After all this is a Kosher restaurant and the place has chosen the dairy (non-meat) menu route with a Mediterranean accent. This means that choices are limited by these constraints. Within its class and type perhaps it deserves better than Very Good, but not by absolute measures - sorry!

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Thank David G
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