Thursday, January 23, 2014

Zinda - Triangle Restaurant Week Review

As a rule for restaurant weeks, we only go to restaurants that we have never been to before. For Triangle Restaurant Week 2014 we chose to try Zinda on Fayetteville St. The restaurant is beautiful and has a very relaxing vibe. This could be unique to a quiet, Thursday evening dining time on a very cold night, but from the moment I was seated until we left, I felt like we were dining at a day spa. Our dining experience was the perfect end to a long workday. I left the restaurant feeling very serene and calm, not to mention full of delicious food.

It was FREEZING in Raleigh tonight so I decided to start with a pot of loose leaf Jasmine Pearl Hand Rolled White Hot Tea. Each pot is brewed at the table and is continually refiled throughout the meal. For 2 people, it will definitely last you through dinner without loosing any flavor.

1st course - Malai Kofta in Makhani sauce. 2nd course -  Hong Kong Pan Fried Noodles with Beef, chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, & Chinese broccoli.

3rd course - How could I resist the Tandoor S'mores?! Chocolate and marshmallows on a crisp coconut wafer cookie baked in a tandoor oven paired with vanilla ice cream. Every course was flavorful and well balanced!

I give Zinda 4 out of 5 stars. I am holding off on the last star because enjoying dinner and drinks there is definitely a splurge. We probably wouldn't go back for dinner without a gift card or unless it was a special occasion. Maybe I will try the lunch menu for a more wallet friendly meal.

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