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At the heart of Zayna stands one man, Riz Dar, whose vision, history and experiences have culminated in the creation of a unique restaurant in central London.


Born in the Punjab, Riz grew up in a family passionate about food surrounded by the delights of Indian spices and culinary flare. His father owned a restaurant, which fuelled his love for food and in particular, the delights of North Indian cuisine.

After working in high-end restaurants in California for many years, he moved to the UK. The opening of Zayna in 2009 was the result of his lifelong love of food and his drive, experience and passion for the restaurant industry. The difference is in the subtleties, which you’ll notice are all around you.

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I would like my guests to taste the food I grew up eating.


What Critics and Customers Have to Say…

When a Restaurant is named after the owner’s daughter you know there’s going to be a lot of love around. Zayna reflects the personality of Riz Dar who spent his formative years around Kashmir and Punjab and whose first job was in his father’s restaurant in Pakistan. It’s no surprise then to find a menu of North Indian and Pakistani delicacies. It comes divided according to cooking method, from the pan, grill, tawa or oven; but look out for the refined streed food using offal. He is passionate about produce: spices are roasted and ground in house and only halal meat and free-range chicken are used. Dishes come packed with flavour [...].
— The Michelin Guide
A complete makeover of the interior has rendered Riz Dar’s Pakistani and Punjabi restaurant a seductive haven in this little West End street pleasingly filled with singular shops. Low-slung sofas and intricate woodcarvings distinguish the décor. Free-range meat and traditional recipes such as gurda qeema, where spiced minced lamb is mixed with finely chopped kidneys, make the menu unusually inviting.
— Fay Maschler, Food Critic for thisislondon.co.uk
There is no other restaurant in the world that I have visited as many times as Zayna.
— David Hasselhoff, Actor
I love coming to Zayna. The food is always on point thanks to Uncle Riz!
— Amir Khan, World Champion Boxer

Opening Hours

Thu – Sun:
12:00 – 14:30 (last order)

Mon – Thu & Sun:
17:00 – 22:30 (last order)
Fri & Sat:
17:00 – 23:00 (last order) 



25 New Quebec Street
London, W1H 7SF

020 7723 2229

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