Our Story

Our food journey started in Hyderabad, India – where living through the rule of Qutub Shahis, Mughals, and the Nizams, culinary arts have transformed into a specific niche.

Nooruddin Fazal, founder of Zyka: The Taste, was born in Hyderabad. He later moved to Mumbai where he enrolled in a hotel management school to follow his passion for cooking, with a focus on Indian cuisine. Nooruddin says, “The kitchen is the heart of a restaurant and mastering quality and consistency is key to pleasing the palate.” Hence, he picked “Zyka” as the name of his restaurant, which means “taste."

After completing his training in Mumbai, Nooruddin moved to New York City to further his culinary goals. He worked at the French restaurant, Chez Louis, for over six years. and later decided to make Atlanta his home where he established Zyka to serve quality food at fast-food prices, making fast-casual a thing before it was even a concept.

Zyka opened its doors to the public in the summer of 1997. Within three months of its, Zyka was a local hit! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an extremely positive review on Labor Day Weekend which resulted in long lines of customers in the following weeks and months. In the winter of 2020, we opened our second location in Alpharetta, GA. Customers keep going back to Zyka again and again to enjoy Hyderabadi hometown food, which is authentic, nostalgic, and affordable.

Nooruddin continues to visit India and learn from chefs at renowned establishments such as the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Nizam Kitchen of Hyderabad, as well as Pista House. He has made consistent additions to the menu to fulfill his commitment to serve the best quality food representing the taste of Hyderabad.

Due to the pandemic, to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, we’ve had to pivot our business to only offer take-out services. We hope to reopen our dining halls as soon as it is deemed safe to open. We invite you to visit us today!

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