Cafe Zouk “tea bar and grill” is one of a new breed of Indian Restaurants such as East z East and Akbars that are finding favour with curry fans. With more modern styling and an emphasis on traditional cooking styles this new breed is attracting a younger, urban audience.
Zouk have two restaurants at present in Bradford and Manchester, so we sent some of the team down to take a look.
Here’s our 60 second guide to Cafe Zouk
Ambience 8/10 – We were a party of 4 and the first impressions of Zouk were good, it has tasteful decoration and a real buzz about the place with a largely 20-30 year old group of diners.
Service 6/10 – The service was just about OK but could be better. On arrival we had a 10 minute wait for the table, no problem, but when we asked for drinks we were told to go to the bar and get them ourselves. Everything arrived on time through the meal but there was an automatic service charge added at the end and we had to ask to have this taken off – which was done without fuss.
Food 6.5/10 – Between us we tried the mixed tandoori, king prawn tikka and tandoori haddock for starters. All lacked a bit of kick on the spice side which was shame, but we still enjoyed them. Their mint chutney is delicious. For mains we again had a selection of dishes which were all fine but there was far too much cinnamon in the pilau rice which spoiled things a little.
Overall – We like the look and feel and will go back for a Shisha in their lounge but Zouk need to be careful not to let their service and food quality slip.
For more information about Zouk, visit their website here.