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Zaytuna

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    ( 1 reviews )
Contact 203-456-6204
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395 Main St, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, 06810

Serves meat, vegan options available. Grocery store and casual eatery offering Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian food. Has curries, biriyani, and several classic vegetable dishes.

Category: Lacto, Indian, Take-out, Bangladeshi, Pakistani , Non-veg

Reviews (1)

First Review by jlbco

Indian.... But Different - Edit

A new restaurant caught our eye, so we thought we would check it out. We also thought it was Indian. WRONG. It's Bangladeshi, Pakistani AND Indian, and almost everything we sampled was similar to traditional Indian fare, but not the same. The menu is not extensive by any means, and there isn't a great deal of vegetarian/vegan choices, but most of the things we had were outstanding.

First to come out of the kitchen are on just about every Indian menu in existence: vegetable somosas and vegetable pakoras. The samosas were good, but nothing special, but the pakoras were excellent— and the chutneys & sauces that came with them were all terrific. The next appetizer we ordered was something new to us: Futchkas. They're little golf-ball sized spiced potato in shells, and they were absolutely delightful; we've never seen these anywhere else. Another Indian standard is daal— always reliable, albeit somewhat dull— but not in this place. I don't know how they do it, but this may have been the best I've ever had— and if I've had daal once, I've had it 100 times. With an order of naan, it was almost too good to be true.

For entrees, we had vegetable biryani, and an order of (duller-than-dull-sounding) "mixed vegetables", which were both superb. Everything seemed much more like "home cooking" than what you generally get in Indian restaurants— but then again, the place isn't exactly "Indian" at all.

Now, here's a great feature: although the vegetarian options are somewhat limited, it just so happens that they are the least expensive things on the menu, which qualifies as "inexpensive", since nothing we ordered cost more than $8 and change.

The service was great, and everyone was very friendly, but since we were the only ones there (an hour before closing), I wouldn't have expected otherwise. It's obviously a family-owned business, which is generally a good sign.

The menu states that they have an "All You Can Eat Buffet" from 11:30 to 3:30 ($10 M-Th, $12 F-Sun), but I cannot speak for the amount of vegetarian offerings (let alone vegan offerings) that are included there.

Anyway, the bottom line is that we'll be back there frequently, since we're in Danbury on a regular basis.

Pros: Terrific food at reasonable prices, Friendly staff, good service, nice & clean, Plenty of private, off-street parking

Cons: Not a great deal of vegetarian/vegan options, No herbal tea, no sparkling water


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