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Nov 6, 2009 06:36 AM

Zayka Indian restaurant in Brierdale shopping center near Brier Creek, Raleigh

There's a new Indian restaurant near Brier Creek in Brierdale shopping center (corner of Lumley and Brier Creek Parkway) that has the Wachovia, Chik-fil-a, and EarthFaire.

I went there yesterday for lunch with some coworkers.

They have a buffet which is $9.99

Someone who went with me had been earlier in the week and said they had changed the dishes on the buffet.

Yesterday, they had five meat dishes and probably 8 vegetarian dishes plus salads and 2 desserts.

The meats were lamb curry, Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, shrimp pilau, and a spiced ground meat.

There were two rices plus the pilau.

The vegetarian dishes include dal, aloo, saag, samosas, and onion fritters.

They brought fresh naan to the table.

The food was very good, similar in quality to Saffron but with more choices and a better dining room layout and better placed buffet table. Unlike Saffron, we didn't have to wait for a table or stand in line for the buffet.

The room was well lit and the tables have tablecloths and cloth napkins.

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  1. Thanks for this. I just saw it mentioned in today's N&O (just as having opened). I wasn't sure exactly where in Brier Creek it was - so I appreciate the context. And I look forward to checking it out.

    1. I wonder if they are somehow affiliated with the Zayka in Atlanta. If so, this place should be good. Azithra may be in trouble. Thanks for the heads up. Definitely will give it a try.

      1. Just took a look at their menu on their website. Their prices are high! Weekday buffet price is okay but kids > age 6 pay full price.

        1. Thank you for your suggestion,
          I went here with my 6 year old and she enjoyed the Tandoori chicken so much that I had to get a take out for the evening. They DO NOT Charge for kids 6 and under for the buffet.

          I was personaly greeted by the owner and treated very well. I feel this place is one of the best in the area. and they made the naan tailored to my taste. (I asked them to put some hot peppers in there and they did that even during a full house buffet). and did not charge extra for it. These guys mean some serious business. I am sure the other restaurants in the area are in trouble

          1. I went to Zayka for dinner. Had a appetizer sampler to start. The items were most definitely microwaved. They had a cold center and hot exterior. The meat was rubbery like it was just heated up.

            For the main course we have lamb curry and chicken curry with rice. It was very good, I don't know if it was the best I had but it was mediocre at best. The lamb dish was 18.95....very pricey. To me it was worth... tops 12.95.
            The booth we sat at had a glass top. Not my favorite but whatever. There are two entrances in the restaurant so you have people walking by your table attempting to get to the front. very annoying. the food came out so quick I don't even know how they had time to prepare it. We were the 3rd couple in the restaurant on a Friday night at 6:30pm....not a good sign.

            I have not tried the buffet and don't think I will be back to this place. The menu was too large and complicated. I've read many cook books and watched many shows that say keep the menu simple. I don't know how they can keep all these foods in stock and fresh. The menu is about 4 pages of 20 items on each.

            I give this place less then 1 year then they are out of business, just like the Euro pizza place right around the corner.

            If they want to stay in business they need a simpler menu, one entrance, Indian staff, low prices a bit. clean the bathrooms (nasty sticky floor with water dripping out the side of the toilet). Anothony Bourdain quote for you "You can sense a well-run restaurant just as you can sense the fear and uncertainty—the smell of certain doom—in a disorganized, flailing one. A clean bathroom tells you a lot, surprisingly. If the people running the restaurant can't keep it clean—and this is a part of the restaurant they allow you to see—you can imagine what their prep kitchen, downstairs, hidden away, looks like."