Merzi was founded by Kaz Kazmi in 2011. Kaz, originally from the UK, found the American dining scene missing something that he knew he could provide: healthy, lightning-fast, delicious Indian food. Using family recipes and consulting with premier chefs from around the world, Kaz and his team developed a system that delivers something that's very hard to find anywhere else. We've continued that legacy through the years, never compromising on flavor, quality, or speed, to deliver something unique!
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Here's what people say after redeeming their Nift gift.
Great food, very affordable!
Tasty fast and good customer service
Nice ambient music selection. Kind host
good selection of ingredients/options and fast service.
Quick and easy for lunch. No wait time and the food was decent.
Merzi is great!
fast and flavorful!
Tasty; fast good service
Affordable and convenient Indian cuisine!
the food is healthy but also very delicious
Quick and unique — only fast casual Indian place in area
All natural ingredients! I ate and didn’t feel that normal sluggish feeling after eating fast casual. The flavors were incredible and they added enough spice to keep me happy.
Appreciate the vegan options!
Nice straightforward, gives hefty portions that I enjoyed
Delicious and affordable
great portions and the food is amaazing! short lines at lunch too.
Good portions and decent prices
Fast service and great portions. I’ve also never had a mango lassi bc they are rarely vegan so to have that option was amazing!
The food was really exceptional. The portion and flavor was outstanding. Using the nift was easy and seamless. Thanks!
Great variety of options to choose from and very tasty food!
Amazing! Will definitely come back.
quick, liked how many options there were, and overall good quality food! I'd eat there again
Really cheap for how good it was
The service was fast, portions generous, and very fresh!
Very quick, tasty, easy to customize, plenty of veggie options, and fairly healthy, filling food.
I really love the food here! Customer Service was great! The Ice Tea was soooo good! I will definitely be back!
fast casual in penn quarter. Went after work on a weekday. no line and quick service. the server was great - super nice and speedy. Food was good for the price - got a bowl of warm veggies topped with curried lentils, chickpeas, and habanero chutney for $10. great options for vegetarians.
Food is fresh, fast and large quantities
It was great! Super easy to redeem
It was a fresh take on Mediterranean food with a chipotle serving style. I went back within a week. Really fresh food.
Meatless Monday discount was an exciting surprise! Their mango lassi is delicious!
The best. Will go back
Good, hearty food with generous portions.
tasty, efficient, and good service
Good food - got a salad with chicken and lots of veggies. Somosas were OK, but not my favorite.
Good prices great food
tasty options, with calories well displayed
Good food, polite service, clean restaurant, quick fulfillment.
The food is always fresh and full of flavor
enjoyed a healthy chicken bowl!
Healthy and large portion food with a variety of veggie and topping options. I have enjoyed it.
Exactly what I want for lunch or dinner. Heavy on the vegetables, light on the protein is the wave of the future. Not to mention the seasonal veggies -- Brussel sprouts! -- delicious drinks, and decent price. I'll be back!
I love Indian food, so this is a great initiative to have a casual fast-option. Also, I'm allergic to dairy, and this place has yummy vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Food was very good. It's great that Merzi came to market with the mixed bowl idea that is Indian. I got the veggie bowl, and the flavors measured up. There were not as many options as I thought there would be. Overall, a great value alternative for lunch and dinner.
So good!!!! Definitely went back again
Had a naan bowl which was fantastic! Quick easy and delicious.
So delicious and unexpected!
Thank You to Anna who took excellent care of me while ordering my 1st Merzi meal!!!
Delicious and a ton of food for the price
So many good veggies!
The food was delicious and high qaulity
Quick to order. Tasty food!
I liked all the bowl options, and it was very filling. The somosas were not good though- very salty
Good to go Indian!
Good food big portions
The scale doesn’t let me select a number but I’d give it a 5 and will go back
Service great and healthy food!
I love Indian food and this fast casual place hits the spot. It’s fast and delicious!
Good quick bite
Good food, nice stuff
The food was delicious and the service was very efficient
Delicious and fun flavors
Its counterserve indian! Good flavors, portable bowl. Get the tumeric lemonade, if you get a drink. Its incredible.
The variety of toppings were very tasty and nutritious. The portion was too large, so I would have preferred a lower-cost, smaller option.
Delicious meal and great service. I will definitely come back to Merzi!
My "make your own bowl" had good flavor. The service was good, and the restuarant was clean. I wish they had greens other than lettuce, but I was satisfied with what I got.
It was great!
Really good! It’s like a chipotle Indian food 🥘 yummmm
The food was delicious, the service was quick and friendly
I am a big fan of Indian food—this had a bunch of variety that I wanted!
Great fast casual bowls and the server was quite nice
It was amazing!! The location was great, good vibes, and most importantly, the food was delicious!
Merzi uses the "build a bowl" concept around simple Indian-inspired food. The ingredients were fresh and tasty, and the service was fast and friendly. I got the smaller size ("light") and an order of samosas, which turned out to be a lot of food. The price was reasonable.
Lots of options!
Hey, it was great! I enjoyed trying a new place in the area. The staff was kind and food was flavorful.
Good paneer and quick service, like Indian chipotle! Def would consider going here again
Great vegetarian option.
I had an awesome first experience at Merzi! They were patient and very helpful with explaining as it was my first time and were even offering multiple discounts at the time including happy hour and non-profit/government employee discount! Both the atmosphere of the restaurant and the food were delicious! Thanks to Nift for this recommendation!!
Really tasty food - great spices - very cheap.
The staff was nice and explained all the options to me. It was my first time there and they made me feel super comfortable and welcomed!
Great food and service!
Merzi was a great place. Super affordable. Great customer service. And the food was delicious. I'll definitely go back!
Very good food for fast casual. Tons of options for vegetarians and vegans alike.
There are a few fast casual Chipotle-like Indian restaurants popping up. I've been to three of them in the area and I'd say Merzi fell right in the middle. The salad, rice, etc options were nice to have and I liked the flavors of all of the ingredients. They all came together very nicely. There were just a bit fewer traditional options than another place I went to.
food was yummy!
The service was friendly and helpful. The food was quite tasty. I liked the options and how you can customize your bowl. The price made it a decent value.
It was good - could use a crunch factor to improve.
Yummy food for a good price! Nice option in the Penn Quarter area
Great spot! We will be back for sure! The only thing that wasn’t our favorite was the rice.
Mertz was so good, absolutely delicious. I loved it. Thank you for the gift card. We now have a new place to eat for our once a month family dinner.
The food was DELICIOUS and the mgt awesome. Will definitely return
The food was really tasty and the mango lassi was very delicious!
One of the best fast casual spots in the city! Worth going out of your way for.
Delicious, nutritious food and great staff!
Loved my naan bowl from Merzi! And the service was excellent. I will definitely be making a return trip.
Very friendly staff and great food!
Amazing customer service and food.
Merzi was a great find and we enjoyed our meal today. We’ll definitely be back.
I really enjoyed my bowl from Merzi! I will probably go back!
The only issue I had was that I felt slightly rushed at first, but when I explain ed it was my first time they slowed down and they were super nice to me.
Great food and service!
Could use a little more flavor, but the service was great and quick.
This place is like Indian Chipotle! It's DELICIOUS!! If I'm in Chinatown again, I'll definitely be going back!
Everything was so delicious and the price is great for the meal portions!
It's good fast/casual Indian food. I'd go back when I'm in the neighborhood.
The food was delicious and great service!!
Great job! Thank you for taking my gift card and making everything so easy!
Was tasty, but needs to provide: 1. Whole wheat chapati (w/o butter/oil) or at least brown rice. 2. Non-fat sauce options 3. More vegetarian options, like plain (no sauce/seasoning mock meat or tofu) Also, the cauliflower was over-cooked.
So delicious! I wish the food was a little less salty. And they asked me if I wanted it separated.
Great food and service!
Good food … I enjoyed it!
loved the options! would go back again!
" I loved the location in Penn Quarters intersection- the great thing about it is that it is easy to find."
Very good naan
Delicious and great service!
Delicious, I will definitely check it out again!
The food was great.
Delicious, quick meal with lots of tasty options.
Thought my bowl was delish. Loved all the toppings I could include and the tasty sauces. The free taste of chai when I first walked in was a nice touch. Would order both on a return visit when in Chinatown next.
Absolutely amazing flavors. We were disappointed they were out of multiple options, but our food was DELICIOUS!
The food was fantastic, absolutely amazing selection and very flavorful, spicy, traditional options. Really good portions too. My only disappointment was the service: neither of the girls serving the bowls seemed to want to be there. They looked angry, even. After being really really nice throughout the transaction I could get a 1/2 smile from one of the ladies -- it seemed like she had a pretty horrible day and didn't want to be there. That's why I would give it 4 out of 5 instead of 5
I really enjoyed the variety of vegetables and assortment of proteins. Price was affordable and food was delicious. Proximity to the museums is nice so I'll definitely be back and bring friends.
Delicious! At first the store owner said he did not have an arrangement with Nift and would not honor the gift card. But eventually he did. Very happy he did as I had never been there before and was super happy to try the food - it was delicious and I'll definitely go back in the future.
Very speedy service. Owner was very nice and helped explain how I can order the food. Thanks!
415 7th St Nw, Washington, DC 20004