"Cooking From the Grass Roots," Pakistani Style, at Zaidi's Grill

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Syed Zaidi tells me he believes a lot of Indian food in America has gone the way of a lot of Chinese food in America.

"They are not the same flavors, they are modified," he says. "In my style of cooking, we want to be as authentic as we can be."

He's doing a stellar job of it. Syed, along with his wife of 32 years, Tabassum, own Zaidi's Grill, the nine-month-old Pakistani restaurant in Scottsdale. In a style he calls, "cooking from the grass roots," the two serve up classic dishes made from family recipes and memories of meals in their hometown of Karachi.

Tasty grilled meats, curries nearly tripping over themselves with flavor, spicy Pakistani street foods -- you'll find them at Zaidi's. And odds are you'll enjoy every bite.

Here's an excerpt from this week's review:

"More memorable than the grilled meats are the curries. And if Zaidi's becomes famous for one of them, it most likely will be the chicken qorma.

Don't be put off by the bones in the bone-in chicken. Stewed together for hours with large handfuls of spices, they are partially responsible for making this rugged concoction so delectable. The rest of the credit goes to its rich gravy, which is lusciously intense, and packed with enough cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon in its mix of spices to camp out in your mouth for hours."

Hungry for more? Read my full review of Zaidi's Grill here.

Follow Chow Bella on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.