|★★★★★ Again, the staff at Zaiqa did not fail to deliver. The customer service was excellent, the environment relaxing and friendly, and the food ... well, the food was phenomenal. The chai (tea) was so good that I would stop by for many more years to come, just to have another relaxing sip.|
Thank you very much, Zaiqa. We finally have a great restaurant wherein we can dine to our hearts' content with our families, right here in Buffalo.
|★★★★★ excellent customer service, food and price! one of the best zabiha restaurant I have been to in the States.|
|★★★★★ I am visiting Niagara Falls with my family. its a great trip but trips without food is incomplete so we all search for halal restaurant from Zabihah.com...first we visit different halal restaurants but honestly they are good for nothing like the style the serve food and specially in aspects of price they are very expensive|
We have found Zaiqa, a Pakistani halal restaurant,
The most special thing overther they had a plenty of variety in thier dishes like they serve Biryani,Naan,Charcoal grilled (chicken pcs,kebabs)and their Qurma is just true and typical Lahori qurma and their Nihari is just a speciality in itself and all includes in BUFFET with such lowest prices in allover town........the atmosphere is just very neat,clean and religious they also have Parda for those ladies who use to cover head with ''hijabs''..the staff is attentive and concious about their customer's happiness which relates to their food to be honest this is the most great place(halal)in buffalo in aspects of price,food,everything.....and very close to Niagara falls.....i would to come back again and i recommend every visitor to comeup there to enjoy great food in such less price....
|NR Very very veryyyy dirty place.|
|★★★★★ I visited Niagra Falls with my family and my uncle's family..i was'nt had that sufficient money to purchase such expensive halal food and i wanted to give a treat to my uncle soo i was a visitor in buffalo...the restaurants in Niagra Falls were very expensive and the food quality was'nt that much impressive so i find out another halal restaurant in kenmore i was just too much worried about prices but when i reache there the food in thier buffet was totaly halal and their style was sooo unique they have more then 30 dishes in their buffet they have a plenty of variety for vegan/vegetarian and their prices were just tooo much nice veryyyy much low prices in allover that area in respects of a buffet ...apart from that their sizzler was just great they serve fresh grilled chicken pcs and kebabs to non-veg and they serve grilled black pepper potatoes and paneer to vegetarian/vegan customers and their ''Naan'' were just tooo much soft and just fresh made out of tandoor and their Rabri was more then perfect i suggest every visitor if they want to enjoy their trip to Niagra falls in such lowest and adequate prices they should go to Zaiqa restaurant who serve alot of food in their buffet with grilled items and with drink just 13.04 per person.......i will definately come back whenever i'll cum to buffalo. |
|★★★★★ Last week i had visited zaiqa restaurant in Buffalo with my sister and her family. Actualy it was my first time overethere but honestly I'would love to go thier again n again because they have the most lowest prices in all over town and just awesome place for Halal Food. Their ''NAAN'' and biryani,qurma and mostttt special thier Sizzler is just unique which they serve with Buffet and their every dish carrying individual taste and fregnance they use apt spices which is adequate for every kind of taste....they have a great customer service the staff is quiet attentive over there.....i'would love to go their with my family,,,friends infact thier price and their style impress me alot....such halal in town with amazing lowest prices......strongly recomended espacially for visitors.|
|★★★★ We stopped at this restaurant while travelling to the Canada, food was nice, we prayed there as they have dedicated corner for it, customer service was excellent|
|★★★★★ 4/12/2013. From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted warmly by the owner. At that first glimpse, he was immediately perceived to be a caring, attentive, and customer-oriented individual.|
The decor was not flashy and over the top, but it was surely homely and comfortable. The restroom was clean (a good sign that is indicative of a presumably clean kitchen) and so was the designated prayer room; which I personally used.
On to the food ... well, that very first bite of soft and buttery naan dipped in hot curried chicken instantly transported me 15 years back to that awesome restaurant in Karachi where I used to dine. There is no question of the authenticity of the Pakistani cuisine offered by this establishment. I ordered a cup of tea as well. My only regret was that I did not order 2 more. After having that first sip of tea, I was finally at peace from my occasional craving for genuine Pakistani foods and drinks. I was at peace with the knowledge acquired from that one sip that whenever I wanted that one relaxing cup of tea, I could always come to Zaiqa - the place where authentic and genuine Pakistani cuisine is warmly served.
My wife, two little boys, and I, had a wonderful time eating at Zaiqa. The price was very reasonable. The most bang for our buck coupled with the warm service is the primary reason why we would be regular customers at Zaiqa from now until a very, very long time to come.
May Allah SWT bless the owners and keep them in business for a very long time since they were more than fair in their business.
This is a review based on my personal experience. In no way is this a guarantee that the experience will be same for someone else. Also, NO. I was NOT paid by Zaiqa or compensated in any way to write such an amazing review. I was simply a customer there today and thought that I would share my great experiences with others. The food and service were THAT good!
Thank you for reading this far. Assalaamu Alaikum.
|★★★★★ Last week i had visited few of my friends in NIAGRA FALLS,BUFFALO....they invited me for a dinner to thier most favoraite halal restaurant ZAIQA halal restauran......and when i had a glance on thier dishes,the way they treat the customers that was most fantastic element and their another additive quality....they just use finest halal ingredients in thier dishes and my friends told me that ''Always the Naan is prepared fresh to order in tandoor''. and the prices are realy suitable and realy lowest as compare to all other restaurants in town. I'would LOVE to come here again whenever i'll visit NIAGRA FALLS(buffalo)zaiqa halal restaurant....all ''ZABIHA WITH TASMIHA''....|
|★★★★★ it was my first time in a halal restaurant in buffalo...its speciality was not just halal but the taste mesmerizes all over in the mouth and the spices were so adequate for a person who visited there first time,,,I truly love their'' Naan''were superb and the ''chicken tandoori'' was just fresh and hot,'' Qurm''a was just made in such finest way all over the staff and the food was lovely I would love to visit there again......other halal restaurants had such too much spices in their dishes , and heavy food and Very expensive this was the most finest halal restaurant in buffalo while my stay with such apt prices and had an adequate taste..... its Zaiqa buffalo. |
|★★★★★ very good food at an excellent price|
|★★★★★ very good food at very good prices.|
naans are the best
|★★★★★ I went to Niagara Falls with family and stayed there for few days and I visited to few restaurants but I find the Zaiqa the best, the food was fantastic; the prices are very reasonable, best traditional Pakistani food.... fresh the largest buffet with sizzling grill kebabs and chicken Tikka for free and the best Biryani I ever eat, naans, Rabri Kheer and a whole Chicken Sajjii.....a great service and with extremely polite, friendly and attentive staff...|
|★★ Ordered take out, including kabobs, chicken Karahi, and a couple of other things. The only thing made fresh were the kabobs. Everything else seemed like it had been pulled out of the buffet. The Karahi was more like standard run of the mill curry. Quite pricey for stale food pulled out of the buffet. |
|★★★★★ Salam alaykum. I am a Buffalo resident and I have been to zaiqa restuarant many times and have been assured everytime by different staff members that the food is halal. However, I had suspicions after reading one review from December 26th saying that a staff member told him that the meat was not halal. My cousin and I went on the 28th and again I was reassured by the owner that the meat is certified zabiha halal with tasmiya. So, I do not have anymore doubts. I know this a halal restuarant. I love the food and the service. This is definitely a restuarant I will keep coming to, especially for the rice pudding.! It is so creamy and delicious. |
|★★★★★ Salaamu Alaikum, my cousin and O just ate here. We spoke to the owner about the previous review and he assured us that is was Zabihah Halal with tasmihah. The food was delicious, especially the tandoori chicken and kabaab which comes out steaming on a cast iron skiller with onions and green peppers.....Yum!|
|★★★ I went for buffet one time and didn't like it very much... Everything was kind of old by the time I ate. I think I will have to try it again, maybe order off of the menu?|
|★★★★★ I been to this restaurant few times. What a great buffet they are offering?? My God, I wish this kind of restaurant should be in every city. MashaAllah such a great atmosphier, A very tasty traditional Pakistani food, Prayer area and a very friendly service. MashaAllah, keep it up Zaiqa|
|★ [No review submitted]|
|★★★★★ I went to Zaiqa last night with my family. I walked in and the waitress was very nice and had a smile on her face. I could smell the inviting aroma of the food. It was a packed restaurant and it was cozy. Masha'Allah, the food was amazing! I didn't know that this restaurant existed until a friend from work told me. They had a prayer room and this was the first Pakistani restaurant where they had a clean bathroom. |
The tandoori chicken and chicken kebab are one of the best things I ate. The Nihari was very thick and rich. It was true Nihari. I've never eaten Nihari like that in the US. The chai and kheer is amazing!!!! The waitress told us that people come from Canada just to taste the kheer. That is totally believable. It reminded me of my hometown in Afghanistan.
Maybe one suggestion for the restaurant. There should be a little bit more communication between the waitresses and the chefs. A little bit more organization is always a good thing. Otherwise, Masha'Allah, this restaurant is amazing.
Love is in the details, and Zaiqa does a great job showing love for their customers. I will be bringing my family, who are visiting from California, to this fine and delicious restaurant. Subhan'Allah, the food is 100% halal and utterly delicious and the owner is Muslim. That's exactly what any Muslim brother/sister would want.
|★★★★ after we sat down we were given these pink milky drinks which were very nice. kinda like kashmiri chai except chilled and more watery and without the nuts. i wanted haleem but they said they didn't have any (it was night time, it might be only for breakfast idk) so i decided to try the nihari but they only had chicken nihari which was fine for me. it was tasty but the sauce was too watery. i would have preferred a more thicker sauce. they also didn't have rice pudding, which was another disappointment. had to have the halwa instead which was warm and delicious. the prayer area was very convenient. overall a lovely restaurant with lots of potential|
|★ We went there with my family. I am Turkish and I wanna say that the worst Turkish restaurant us better than that restaurant. We wanted to eat our dinner but the restaurant was so dirty, the restaurant was stink and the foods when you look at them were not look good. My wife said instead of eating here let's go home and eat healthy and not waste our money in this kind of place. So do not go there and don't play with your health. |
|★★★★★ Zaiqa is a wonderful place with a family friendly environment. I loved all the buffet dishes and the service was excellent. It’s true and authentic Pakistani food. I have never ate food like the kind that I ate at Zaiqa. If there is one word to describe this restaurant, it would be Masha’Allah. This restaurant truly lives up to its name and has exceptional food. The kebab rolls are amazing if you want an on-th-go snack. They are filling and tasteful. The chicken biryani is my personal favorite. The owner is benign and came to our table personally to greet us. He is so proud of his restaurant and he has good reason to be. I just moved from North Carolina to Buffalo and I’m so happy that there is a great Pakistani restaurant here. I love Zaiqa and will Insha’Allah be a regular customer. |
|★ I have been to a lot of restaurants, and I felt, that after reading all the good reviews about Zaiqa, I would have an amazing experience however i was wrong with my expectations with them.|
The owner himself, doesnt know how to welcome their clients,
The food buffet as they say looks like they do not make fresh food they make it once, and thats really it. You get whatever is the left over food.. we travelled far away to visit the city and try Zaiqa's food.
Biryani and their Chicken Kebabs (That he states comes with the buffet) are the only good things to try.
We wanted to try halwa puri, the guy encouraged us to go for breakfast buffet, (Which should have included Nihari, Paya & Haleem) Had nothing but, same old buffet style that we had tried on the weekdays. The cholay he said are in the buffet were CHANNA MASALA, nothing like halwa puri, maybe he needs to taste his own food for a change.
HE CHARGED $30 for two people buffet, when there are only 2 dishes in his buffet that are worth eating. (The little tiny kebab with bbq wings or leg pieces & grilled kebab that are so tiny, it looks like a kids meal)
I called him, exactly at 11:30 (The flyer clearly says he closes at 11:59) However, the had an excuse as to why they are closing early and sorry they cant make food.
Anyways bottom line is, I am disappointed in this service from welcoming your clients to the fresh food and the 50 dishes for buffet reviews that I read are a LIE. Please close your restaurant if you feel, You are DOING US A FAVOUR BY OPENING HALAL. there are OTHER GOOD PLACES THAT KNOWS TO VALUE THEIR CLIENTS IN THE CITY.
NOT WORTH $30 for WEEKEND BUFFET.
|★★★★★ As a very picky eater, I was so impressed with Zaiqa Restaurant. I went in during Maghrib with my sister and prayed in the prayer room before I ate. The dinner buffet was absolutely delicious, and the sizzler was an extra bonus that we got. The buttery naan was fresh and reminded me of home. The kheer was the icing on the cake. I visited Niagra Falls from Las Vegas and I wanted to eat Pakistani food. Zaiqa is definitely a place to visit. There is a large buffet and every food has a different and delicious taste to it. Our waiter and waitress were extremely polite and were taking care of everybody. I love this restaurant and I hope to come back soon. I recommend this restaurant not only because of the food, but because of the prayer room, no alcohol, halal food, and a clean and friendly environment. Keep it up Zaiqa!!!!|
|★★★ I thought that I should try the food here when visiting the area, but cannot say that I was overly impressed. The service was good.|
|★★★ It is nice to find more halal restaurants in the Buffalo area, but I am sad to say that I did not enjoy the buffet when I tried it.|
|★★★★★ employees prays, place to pray for customers, alhamdulillah to see this, i make dua more muslim business people follow, was on my way to niagra falls prayed magrib with kids and ate halal, alhamdulillah...and food was good and hot..|
|★★★★★ I have recently moved to Buffalo Area. I was curious about the availability of good Halal Pakistani food. Once I searched the internet and found Zaiqa the only Pakistani / Indian restaurant who serve Halal food clear from all prohibited items. I read a lot of reviews on Zabihah.com some for good and some against but after I visited the place I found the people who have been writing against the restaurant has either never visited the restaurant or they are serving someone else’s purpose. Once I visited the place on Sunday before Memorial Day the hall was jam packed and we had to wait for few min to get a table. The smell of food and spices was so tempting that it was difficult for us to wait. The buffet was beautiful arranged and every dish had its special adorable taste. The Nan (someone has disliked it toooo much) was the special and best item of the feast. My son enjoyed the Nan even without curry. Service was so cordial and smart that no table was feeling being ignored. The owner was present throughout in the hall looking after every one personally. Although it was like mid night but whole restaurant was working untiringly. Very well done keep it up.|
|★★★★★ A GREAT REVIEW FROM LOCAL NEWSPAPER FOR ZAIQA HALAL RESTAURANT. ZAIQA KEEP IT UP PROMOT AND FEED HALAL TO EVERYONE|
April 29, 2012
Halal in your backyard
By Danielle Haynes
The Tonawanda News
KENMORE — Rashid Qureshi, of Niagara Falls, Ont., says depending on traffic, he spends up to an hour each way driving his family to Kenmore to eat what he considers the be the finest Pakistani fare in the area.
”We come all the way from Niagara Falls, Canada, almost twice a week,” he said, pointing to a table where his wife and two young children sat enjoying the buffet offerings at Zaiqa Pakistani Restaurant.
Qureshi, who originally hails from Lahore, Pakistan, said that although Niagara Falls — on both sides of the border — offers plenty of Pakistani and Indian restaurants, he considers the drive to Zaiqa worth it. It’s all about the taste.
”That’s why people spend the money ... for taste and quality,” Qureshi said. “I recommend everybody go there and I believe once they try it, they will come here permanently.”
But visitors do not need to worry about spending much money on Zaiqa’s menu or buffet, says the restaurant’s owner, Masud Qazi. He estimates he charges about half of what most Indian restaurants in the area charge, pointing out the lunch and dinner buffet can be had for $8 and $11 respectively.
”Why should you live and have a business in Buffalo and charge the prices of New York City?” Qazi said. “This place is for everybody ... the prices are very reasonable.”
Qazi opened Zaiqa — which is certified Halal — in August at 3054 Delaware Ave., in what used to be a Kentucky Fried Chicken. So far business is doing well, and “on the weekends you cannot find a place to sit,” he said.
The restaurant offers at least 30 dishes on its buffet, which is operational all day, myriad dishes made to order on its menu and even offers catering. And yet, Qazi says, this is his first foray into the restaurant world. Before opening Zaiqa, he traveled the world, working in marketing.
Qazi said he’s been cooking for his family and community for a while now because it’s often hard to find good food from back home.
”We always have to eat our own food,” he said, adding that when he travels, “the first thing I always try to find is a Pakistani restaurant.”
”You feel it,” Qazi said of what sets good, authentic Pakistani food apart from the rest. “When people who really know about the spices eat it, they can feel it.”
To find the very best Halal ingredients, Qazi says he drives to New York City once every one or two weeks, searching for the best spices and the finest cuts of meat. And in exchange, he says, he has customers traveling to Kenmore from Canada, Syracuse, Rochester and Erie, Pa., to taste his creations.
Some drive from Canada “just to eat the rice pudding and then they leave,” he mused.
For Qazi, the customer is king. He’s willing to drive University at Buffalo students back and forth from their dorms for free, as “a community service.” For newcomers to Indian and Pakistani cuisine, he says he will walk them through the buffet line, explaining the different dishes and their ingredients. And always, the naan is prepared fresh to order in a tandoor, never sitting out on the line to get soggy.
From the poor college student who can’t drive themselves to Zaiqa, to the Pakistani ex-patriots traveling from Canada, “this place is for everybody,” Qazi said.
|★★★★★ If you Visit Niagara Falls make sure you have lunch/dinner at Ziaqa. they have amazing indian/pakistani food. The people serve you as you are special.|
Its a must must go restaurant.
|★★ The biryani was very good, but everything else was a disappointment. I probably won't be back...|
|★★★★★ A great restaurant. Fresh buffet, wonderful curry pakora, outstanding Kheer , great barbecue. |
Wonderful breakfast on weekends.
The owner Masud is a wonderful and kind person.
|★★★★★ We have eaten at this restaurant several times now. The food is delicious! The staff is courteous & friendly. The buffet is a terrific deal (note that it's cheaper if you go before 4 pm on weekdays). The other reviews are spot on with their praise of this restaurant, Alhamdulillah. |
I only wish WNY had more high-quality restaurants that are strictly halal (hand-slaughtered) and no alcohol; anyone thinking of opening one can learn from Zaiqa! (inshAllah)
|★★★★★ They have excellent food. Their service is really good. Their prices are very reasonable|
|★★★★★ Masha`Allah very, very good food, bright & clean interior, friendly staff. 100% halal, buffet is so large you'll get full just tasting a small amount of everything. Plus, very tasty mango lassi (my fav). Excellent place!|
|★★★★★ I absolutely LOVE the food here! It's always fresh, incredibly tasty, and best of all, it's AUTHENTIC Pakistani food, which is a first in this region. And ... OMG, they have FRESH made naan made in a tandoori oven! How cool is that? The staff is great, and the owner makes you feel like family; probably why I come eat here multiple times a week. Most likely the best overall Pakistani restaurant in the entire east coast.|
|★★★★★ Wow what a great buffet, I ever had it in my life at Zaiqa in Buffalo. i am a business traveler and travel a lot and I always find the best Halal restaurants from Zabihah.com. Zaiqa has the largest buffet selection, about 40 Pakistani Dishes in their Buffet and its all a pure Lahori style food, tasty, delicious, and finger licking. Restaurant is very clean, has separate prayers rooms and staff is very courteous. I wish I could go to Zaiqa everyday. I am rating Zaiqa, the best restaurant in service, food and the most clean Pakistani Restaurant.|
|★★★★★ The best nan I've ever had! Their nan is only 1 dollar OMG thats so cheap for how good it is with warm melted butter and sesame seeds on it. I like how I can walk in and there is such a good variety of buffet items at all times not just lunch only. The owner and staff are very respectable and very accomodating. The place is clean and family friendly too. I also like how they do daily iftar buffets in Ramadan. They even have a prayer area for those who want to pray. Plus the prices are super cheap compared to other Indian/Paki cusuines Ive eaten. Pretty cool. |
|★ My family and I went here for the buffet. The reviews were great and the price seemed reasonable. The waiter came and took our drink order. The orange soda he brought for me had a nice roach floating on top of it. I pointed it out and he promptly exchanged it. That was reason enough to leave but we decided we could over look it. Then we come to find out that Nan is not included in the buffet and is over priced. At this point we decide to leave. |
We told the owner we were leaving on the account to unfair pricing and the bug in our drinks. He refused to believe us and argued. When we asked the waiter to confirm he denied it. When we pressed him to stop lying he said it was not a roach but a fly. So now your lying and arguing with the customer and at the same time saying it's ok for a fly to be I their food.
Never have I seen such bad service. Glad I was only visiting the area as there are very few Halal place around.
|★★★★★ Good food ...Good Owner... Aftari buffet is good...Naan are excellent...BBQ tikka, Mutton dishes are good... We just moved from texas and finally found good pakistani food.....|
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|★★★★★ Excellent place, awesome food, the best part- its the cheapest halal/ pakistani restaurant in the area, 100 percent HALAL, owner is very nice and greets everybody, NO ALCOHOL:) overall awesome place... Things to eat-- chicken tikka, seekh kabab and lamb chops--my favor8s :) |
|★★★★★ We went twice and my wife so far, very nice and clean place, the food is amazing and the price is reasonable, absolutely I remind them, I hope it will stay the same way ^_^|
|★★★★★ We were visiting Niagra Falls and we ended up in Zaiqa after a long search for good non-veg. Its hard to find well cooked meat dishes but after eating lunch at this resturant, we thought we are eating in Pakistan. The owner was very cordial and greets everyone personally and the best thing is NO ALCOHOL. Why people think that alcohol is necessary to run the business, what i think is that well cooked food is the key to run a business and Zaiqa has indeed proved it since we have eaten in all the large metropolitan areas of the US but buffalo has the best resturant, wish to go there again and priceeee no matchh, the cheapest food ever with so many dishesssss|
|★★★★★ Zaiqa is a only Pakistani/ Indian Halaal Restaurant in Niagra Falls/ Buffalo Area, which has no Alcohol, having a seprate prayer rooms for men & women. I can say, they have the best food with the cheapest prices in USA.|