Zeen, NW1 London
A group of curry lovers which meets once a month is in search of a regular venue. They’ve got the meeting each other every month down to a tee, found a pub they like to start off the evening with and now just need the curry house they like. It’s safe to say it won’t be Zeen.
Order a prawn dish if you like fishing. As one of the group said, ‘I went in for a prawn and was delighted to fish one out!’. Not that Zeen holds back that much on the quantity (to be fair there were a decent amount of prawns in the Prawn Karwari, £8) but the deep bowls of ‘curry’ are extremely watery.
And so it was with all the other dishes. One of the great joys of eating in a curry house – as anyone who has tried to replicate the dishes at home – is their ability to create thick, rich sauces. Without it the dishes are more like soup. And so it is with Zeen. The Chicken Madras (£7) was the same, so were the, er, other soups.
It has to be noted that the contemporary decor does make this a very stylish place to fish through your spicy soup though.
Zeen, 130 Drummond Street, London, NW1 2PA. Tel: 020 7387 0606. Open: Mon–Fri: noon–3pm and 5:30pm–11:30pm, Sat: noon–3pm and 6pm–11:30pm.
Decor ① ② ③ ④
Value ① ②
Atmosphere (Wednesday night) ① ② ③
Service and friendliness ① ②