Decatur >Food & Dining > Zyka
Tuesday To Thursday From 12:00 PM To 10:15 PM Friday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 10:45 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 10:15 PM
The naan is great and the Chicken 65 is as good as it is red. I like the unconventional service setup. The food is spicy but it is so worth the burn!
Definitely try the Chana Masala! – We went with a group so we got quite a few things to share including Chicken Boti; Chicken 65; Butter Chicken; Chana Masala; Mutton Masala; Mutton Biryani; and another dish with some potato dumpling things. The sauces were amazing! The mutton masala was tender and the sauce was my favorite, but the chana masala was my favorite dish of the night. I would suggest ordering the raita if you’re going to get the Chicken 65. My favorite version of Chicken 65 is the non-fried version at Bhojanic, but this is my favorite fried/authentic version. The servings are not huge – they are individual sized servings – but still large enough to share with others if you plan for 1 entrée per person.
The prices were extremely reasonable. It's not fancy or pretentious.
A few other reviews I’ve read were upset with the Styrofoam plates, etc. but I couldn’t care less about what the food was served on as long as it was good – and I thought it was. You bus your own table, so it makes clean up easier. For first timers it can be a little intimidating if you don’t have someone to tell you the process. When you go, grab a menu off the front counter and get in line (it might be a good idea to have one member of your party grab a table if you’re in line on a busy night). The cashier is trying to get through the line as quickly as possible and doesn’t offer suggestions or upsells. You do need to order saffron rice and/or naan separately if you want either. Drinks are in a can so suck it up if you want a refill and buy another. There are pitchers and Styrofoam cups available if you want water for the table – again, it’s serve yourself for the water. Once you’ve placed your order and you’ve paid, you can wait at your table for them to call your name. As for the one reviewer who said that you get funny looks if you’re not Indian, well, I didn’t notice any funny looks from the other patrons, but who cares about looks from other people – just enjoy your dinner.
Tasty Strange Goodness – My wife's old boss who was of Indian decent and raised in London got me hooked on Zyka. He had gotten married and at his reception he had a lavish table with lobster, filet, and wonderful cheeses but there was a little table to the side with Indian food for his out of town relatives. I placed a little Chicken 65 on my plate. I then proceeded to eat 2 additional plates of the 65, Masala, and Naan.
Since that day, when I am close to Decatur and sometimes just when I have to have it I go get the best Indian in Atlanta. I have over the past 5 years tried other Indian restaurants but they never compare.
The atmosphere is a bit strange because you order at the counter, spend realistically $20-30 per person, eat with styrofoam plates, eat with plastic silverware, the service is not fast, and you would think this would somehow make it bad but it doesn't it adds to the experience. A few years ago you had to get your water out of a water fountain. That's crazy and I was still hooked.
The Aloo Gobi, Chicken 65, Tiki Masala, and Naan are outrageous. I haven't had a bad dish but if I found that one I just wouldn't order it again.
If your reading this and trying to decide whether to go or not, decide if you like chain type restaurants with everything the same or if you like great food and a little adventure.
Avoid ! – Just spent $17 on take-out from Zyka. Paid $6.39 for chicken kebabs... they gave us four - yes four kebabs no bigger than my little finger and completely dry... we also ordered the Aachar gosht - received a tiny styrofoam cup with nothing but sauce and bones.... where's the meat Zyka ?? On top of this the gosht was horrible - just gratitous heat - no flavor.... just avoid this place! Portions and quality are awful !
tiny tiny portions not worth it ultra spicy – Not impressed at all. Being new to Zyka was fine when I ordered a couple of appetizer dishes but going a second time to try some different dishes I was really disappointed and embarrassed for my parents to eat from Zykas. I would not recommed Zyka's being 1) portions are ridicoulosly tiny for the price! 2) They will always make the food very spicy even on request to make food somewhat mild! I have been to many many indian restuarants in a few countries and Zyka is overhyped. Dont waste your money. Service is not great, its just ok, plus we dont get real plates or cups!
Go for the food – I had the Chicken 65, Goat Curry, Naan, and Masala Chai. Everything was wonderful and the Naan was the best I've ever had. I thought the orders were plentiful. The Naan was pillowy, fresh, and buttery. This is not a typical restaurant, so don't expect service. You order at the counter and eat your food off of styrofoam plates, but who cares when you just want high quality food and zero pretention. I can't wait to try their butter chicken and saag paneer next time.
average at best – average food quality with scant portion sizes in a self-serve cafeteria... too many other indian restaurants around to stick with this one.
Tasty! – Delicious, inexpensive and fast. If you are looking for ambiance, go somewhere else. If you want great Indian food and a good value *and* you don't mind ordering at a counter, this is the place for you.
Can't wait to go back!
Quantity of Food is a Major Issue / Food is great tasting – The food here is great, no doubt, but the QUANTITY OF FOOD is of major question. We ordered the chicken tikka masala and ONLY received 3-4 small pieces of chicken which costs $6.99!! Give me a break. I'm sure other people have felt this way. More people NEED to complain and bring up this problem. We love going there, but the amount of food prevents us being frequent customers. My wife and I ordered two orders of chicken tikka masal and two naans for total of ~$18. I warned the cashier to put more chicken based on previous order, but the problem still occured. We felt like we paid $18 for two pieces of naan, gravy, and some side onions/peppers!!
Great food, Avoid on Indian Holidays, Not for people who want fake Indian food. – Great restaurant, all those people who have posted poor reviews here don't understand indian cuisine, or the styling of this restaurant. One person stated that this restaurant was "styrofoam city" the purpose of the styrofoam its to create ease to the customers, while keeping traffic in the restaurant down. Plates are easily thrown away. Another reviewer stated that the food is very oily. That person clearly does not know that this restaurant specializes in food in the style of Hyderabad, normally hyderabadi food is oily, but this is half of the pleasure, please do not let the people who wrote negative reviews deter you from going to this GREAT indian restaurant. You Can't go there and not have the Chicken 65. IT IS A MUST, WITH NAAN.
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