Zoya is a sleek suburban Indian restaurant in the heart of Oulton village, just south of Leeds. On arrival you are instantly impressed by the broad smiles and warm welcome from the staff, who are impeccably turned out in stylish uniforms. The decor is a delightful fusion of Indian and contemporary Western design features. You really need to book – people just don’t want to leave!
The menu is imaginative and includes many innovative and tempting specials and signature dishes, as well as traditional favourites. The healthy main courses are popular – dishes such as ‘Healthy Choice Chicken’, cooked with no oils or fats, just water and its own stock.
Zoya is in the middle of Yorkshire’s Rhubarb Triangle. On our visit we especially enjoyed the Rothwell Special Rhubarb, chef’s own creation of tender spring chicken with rhubarb. It was a symphony of Eastern and Western flavours – sweet and spicy! Zoya’s Oulton Special Naan is indeed special, stuffed with spring onion, cheese, diced chicken tikka and garlic.
Chef will modify any dish to customers’ personal fiery preferences. Curries are served in individual frying pans – a slightly quirky experience.
Zoya has a deserved reputation for excellent food, attentive service and a buzzing atmosphere.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor