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Monday 22nd Oct 2018

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ZAYNS, DRAYTON

Portsmouth is awash with Indian restaurants, we are a nation of curry lovers after all! And the ratio in Drayton is no exception to this statement. Drayton has just five restaurants; four of them are Curry houses, so you are not exactly spoilt for choice in the area, it feels as though Drayton is gradually becoming Portsmouth’s answer to Brick lane…

Zayns is the new kid on the block, so I was fairly sceptical about trying it so prematurely. I usually prefer to wait for a restaurant to find its feet before reviewing it, to give it a fair chance. But not only have Zayns found their feet, they’re running miles ahead of the competition too!

Upon entering, you are greeted with the bar area. A comfortable, lounge style bar to have a relaxing drink before moving through to the dining area if you wish. It is tastefully furnished with comfortable sofas and has a beautiful large tank of tropical fish that catches your gaze…

The food at Zayns is delectable, beautifully presented dishes of Bangladeshi perfection, with delicious flavours using quality ingredients. The prices are very reasonable, with a Tikka masala costing £8.95 and a special Biryani with Chicken, Lamb and prawns setting you back £10.95, very good value when you experience the quality of the food.

For those of you that do not favour a curry dish, Zayns also offer an English range on their menu! Usually, when a restaurant specialises in a certain cuisine, they are often let down by trying to cater for an alternative market, but not in this case… From fillet of beef, served with asparagus, garlic new potatoes and mushroom gratin to beer battered cod, the English range is equally as delicious, cooked to perfection and plentiful. Children are also catered for here, with Zayns also offering a separate modestly priced children’s menu.

The service in Zayns is very good, the servers are a little thin on the ground at times but the service is friendly and knowledgeable. The ambiance is soothing, with its soft lighting, tasteful décor and comfortable seating, it makes for a very enjoyable experience.

Do you know a restaurant you believe is worthy of making my must visit places to eat? Drop me an email and you could see your favourite eatery recommended here: b.heath@postcodepublications.com

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