An evening at The Zaika Palace

Saturday evening it was and yes we were looking again for another restaurant to feed on some delicious food.

I decided to explore a new place and I ended up at Zaika Palace located near Sainik School, Bhubaneswar to see what it has to offer.

Thus, I set out for a family dine out at Zaika Palace.

Here’s what I felt about the whole experience that night.

It was 8:00 pm on my clock and the first impression was that it was a decent upmarket place.

And we could give a thought to spend more time on our little photo-shoot.

1.     Location accessibility

Here’s the complete address of “Zaika Palace”.

Sachivalaya Marg EW, Sainik School Rd, Gajapati Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

Ease of access:

It’s fairly easy to locate the Zaika Palace restaurant for anyone who is even new to the town as well.

Located on the main road opposite Sainik school square, it is easily identifiable for anyone.

On reaching the place the first thing that bothered me was where do I park my car?

There is no dedicated parking space for the restaurant but luckily I found a spot that night on the main road.

2.     Sanitization

The first thing that the security guard standing outside made us do was sanitize our hands and then grant us an entry.

It feels weird how we have navigated to the new normalcy of Sanitization at every other place.

So, yes you can be rest assured with sanitization protocols being followed at the restaurant.

3.     Waiting Time

At the reception desk, we had to wait for around 10 mins until we had a seat for us all.

Note: They don’t accept any pre-booking.

The first thing that I observe when I enter any restaurant is its ambience, because as famously said, “It is the ambience which builds up or kills the appetite”.

Here’s what I felt about the ambience of Zaika Palace Restaurant.

4. Ambience and Service

  1. Area: It’s a single floor restaurant occupying an area of 600 sq. ft. (30*20) on the ground floor.
  2. Lighting: Its dim yellow-tinted light combined with soft music would give you a feel of being at peace.
  3. Occupancy: The restaurant can have roughly full house occupancy of 40 customers at any point in time. They also have a big table in a private room for 12 people who seek more privacy.
  4. The vibe of the place: The vibe of the place was calm and charming. You could consider it a good place to have your private time with your family.
  5. Service offered: The services offered at the restaurant were quite good. The staffs were very courteous and I had a very pleasant experience at the restaurant.
  6. Serving Time: The food was served roughly in a time interval of 20 mins when it was ordered. So we didn’t have to wait long to get started.

5. Taste and Price of the food

Pricing of the food

The food was not overpriced. I had to pay around Rs. 1900/- for 4 of us. Now that’s  Rs. 475/- for each.

The food served was enough for some blurps in the end.  

Here’s a quick overview of what we had for dinner:

Starter:

  1. Chicken Hot and Sour Soup – 4.1/5
  2. Masala Papad – 4.1/5
  3. Crispy corn – 3.8/5
  4. Charcoal chicken – 4.3/5

Main course:

  1. Garlic Nan – 4.6/5
  2. Masala kulcha – 4.6/5
  3. Lal maans (Was not in the menu) – 3.9/5
  4. Murg Patiala – 4.1/5

Desert:

  1. Caramel Custard – 4/5

Drinks:

  • Masala Cold drinks – 4/5

Taste of the Food

The garlic naan and the masala kulcha were the best among all the items ordered for the day. It was very soft which blended well with other items.

Both would definitely easily top the list of best ever tried to date.

Overall Rating :

  1. Ease of access – 4.5/5
  2. Ambience – 4.1/5
  3. Service – 4.2/5
  4. Taste – 4.2/5
  5. Price – Value for money

Here’s my final take on it

10:45 in the foodmaniak’s clock of 1-12.

1 stands for “No venture zone for foodies”.

12 stands for “This is THE place for Food Maniaks”.

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