Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Indian fare at Zaiaka.
Zaiaka packs its menu with low-fat, low-cholesterol entrees and vegetarian options from various regions of India. The vegetarian baingan bharta's medley of tandoor-roasted eggplant, minced onions, and tomatoes ($9.95) appeases meat-free maws, and the keema mutter's posse of ground lamb, peas, and spices ($12.95) boasts a protein-packed punch rivaled only by the Hamburger Helper glove's left hook. The kitchen crew prepares malabar salmon ($14.95) by bathing fresh fish in mild spices and ground mustard, and the chef's special palak paneer ($11.95) grants house-made cheese cubes adulation from spinach.
Sleek black chairs tuck beneath crisp white linen tablecloths inside Zaiaka's elegant dining room. Rich tapestries cascade over large glass windows, adding sumptuous texture to soft tan walls and distracting eyes as wall portraits sneak out of their frames to steal samosas.
The chefs at Zaiaka draw on their knowledge of 1,000-year-old recipes to fill their menu with authentic Indian dishes, which they say helped earn them a 2012 Readers' Choice Gold Award for Best Ethnic Food from Trib Total Media. They cook vegetarian dishes including palak paneer, house-made cheese cubes and fresh spinach cooked in ground spices, and vegetable biryani, the chef's specialty rice entree. Naan bread baked in the eatery’s clay tandoor pairs with rogan josh, lamb cooked in a gravy of aromatic spices. During dinner, the dining area swells with soft music, which is punctuated with the clink of wineglasses full of beverages brought from home. Like a maitre d’ arriving late to work, the dark tables are draped in white tablecloths, and light flutters across the rich tapestries that cover the walls.
924 Presque Isle Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15239