There are several good (and not-so-good) Indian restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, but here's what distinguishes Zaiaka. The food is always prepared with the very freshest, high-quality ingredients (paneer is made in house, etc.). The complimentary papadams served with chutney before the meal are always fresh and crisp. Anyone who has ever been served chewy papadams that have been sitting around soaking up humidity all day will appreciate this. They do a wonderful job on favorites like rogan josh (lamb always very tender), chana masala, chili chicken, and my wife's favorite, palak paneer, but their menu is more interesting than the typical Indian restaurant because of their numerous specialties, like chicken with fresh mango, baingan bukhara, and tilapia in mustard sauce (they are adding even more specialties to the menu at the first of the year). As for bread, they do excellent garlic naan, onion naan, paneer kulcha, and mouth-watering poori (make a special request – it's not on the menu). Even for the lunch buffet the bread is made fresh individually and brought to the table, not simply placed out on the buffet to sit around like most places do. Zaiaka is also set apart by their atmosphere and their honest and generous hospitality. The owners, the Kumars, are among the nicest people you could hope to meet. They make absolutely certain you truly feel comfortable and welcome. The tasteful decor is more upscale (with real tablecloths and cloth napkins) but not the least bit pretentious. All this adds up to a superior dining experience. Not only is Zaiaka my favorite local Indian restaurant, it ranks among the best I have tried anywhere during my business travels. Virtually everyone I've taken has raved about it, from knowledgeable Indian food enthusiasts to many “converts” who were initially apprehensive or, based on prior experiences, even believed they didn't like Indian food. Zaiaka is an absolute find.
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My date and I ate here on 4/14/09, in the evening, it was, coincidentally, 1/2 price Tuesdays. The portions were large(some restaurants would try to take advantage of this!, not here) even though the all of the food was 1/2 off. The food was very authentic, and the service was excellent! Any questions about the food were happily answered by the very attentive staff. Food was out quick, and I never once had to ask for a refill of my drink, this staff was on the ball! It is a shame, the other reviewer had a problem with using a coupon, I would say try again, a very big misunderstanding. This is still a newer restaurant,2 years open, I believe?, and they try very hard to be accommodating. We there about 730pm,and they were starting to really jam, the owner, not only checking on our food and our experience there, was right there with his staff helping out. Clean, excellent service, authentic Indian food with very fair prices, make this a regular restaurant for me to visit! I can't wait to try the buffet every Thursday and Sunday, I believe. The owner explained that the buffet has different items every week!
Definitely coming back here for some Sunday night buffet pig outs. Usually I'm an easy pleaser when it comes to Indian food but this really blew my minimal expectations. It had the best of all the other Indian restaurants that I frequent and the Indian households which I impose myself on. It's authentic, and a had a bit for everyone. Meat lovers, vegetable grazers, vegans... As a spice lover, this had it all, a perfect combination of burning my esophagus as it makes it's way to indigestion later and taste. I'd want to describe the different dishes here but that would be pointless. It would be better to go to the restaurant and take a look for yourself and confirm the crowd's opinion.