Having something for everybody is a good thing except, ordinarily, in restaurants.
Usually eateries that claim to be jack of all trades miss the mark slightly — but Zyka in Newton Mearns is different.
With a grill menu and a traditional Indian menu, the choice is somewhat overwhelming, until you remember where you are.
Newton Mearns doesn’t have the same breadth of options as is fast becoming the case in Shawlands, and restaurants really have to be more mindful to provide something for everybody — and that’s why Zyka works.
On this occasion, on the advice of my helpful waiter, I took all three courses from the Indian menu.
To start, I had balochi chicken tikka — and there were absolutely no complaints from me. The chicken was cooked and spiced perfectly.
For my main, I decided on the seabass hara masale. Zyka didn’t fall into the all-too-familiar trap of serving only one bass fillet, which quite simply isn’t enough.
The creamy spinach sauce did not overwhelm and the seabass was seasoned to perfection.
Despite being rather full following the fish, rice and peshwari naan, I struggled on and managed a dessert.
Not wanting to break form, I went with a traditional Indian desert, gulab jamun.
It was far too sweet for my liking, but one would probably have to consult a critic who had partaken in far more gulab jamuns than I to properly assess Zyka’s efforts.
For a Monday night, Zyka was busy and decorated beautifully — however, if I was to pick holes, the music is somewhat off-putting.
Girls Aloud may have had their moments, but to hear Sounds of the Underground three times was a tad to much for one curry.
Otherwise, a commendable meal at fairly reasonable prices.