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!

Annie, January 20, 2020

Tasty fast and good customer service

Eli, January 10, 2020

Good service

Seth E, January 1, 2020

Nice ambient music selection. Kind host

Roy, December 26, 2019

good selection of ingredients/options and fast service.

Nicole, December 20, 2019

Quick and easy for lunch. No wait time and the food was decent.

Nettie, December 17, 2019

Merzi is great!

Danielle, December 14, 2019

Authentic cuisine

Kayla, December 8, 2019

fast and flavorful!

Zachary, December 7, 2019

Tasty; fast good service

Matthew, December 6, 2019

Affordable and convenient Indian cuisine!

Josephine, December 2, 2019

the food is healthy but also very delicious

Logan, November 29, 2019

Quick and unique — only fast casual Indian place in area

Dana, November 23, 2019

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.

Jorge, November 14, 2019

Appreciate the vegan options!

John, November 6, 2019

Nice straightforward, gives hefty portions that I enjoyed

Julia, November 6, 2019


John, November 5, 2019

Delicious and affordable

Elise, November 4, 2019

great portions and the food is amaazing! short lines at lunch too.

Mike, October 25, 2019

Good portions and decent prices

Eunice, October 24, 2019

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!

Carlie, October 24, 2019

The food was really exceptional. The portion and flavor was outstanding. Using the nift was easy and seamless. Thanks!

Ashley, October 24, 2019

Great variety of options to choose from and very tasty food!

Diana, October 23, 2019

Amazing! Will definitely come back.

Elizabeth, October 21, 2019

quick, liked how many options there were, and overall good quality food! I'd eat there again

Antonia, October 20, 2019

Really cheap for how good it was

Johanna, October 20, 2019

The service was fast, portions generous, and very fresh!

Christopher, October 18, 2019

Very quick, tasty, easy to customize, plenty of veggie options, and fairly healthy, filling food.

Ilana, October 16, 2019

I really love the food here! Customer Service was great! The Ice Tea was soooo good! I will definitely be back!

Sarah, October 15, 2019

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.

Amanda, October 14, 2019

Food is fresh, fast and large quantities

Natasha, October 14, 2019

It was great! Super easy to redeem

Becky, October 9, 2019

It was a fresh take on Mediterranean food with a chipotle serving style. I went back within a week. Really fresh food.

Keyshawn, October 9, 2019

Meatless Monday discount was an exciting surprise! Their mango lassi is delicious!

Melissa, October 9, 2019

The best. Will go back

Emiko, October 6, 2019

Good, hearty food with generous portions.

Steve, October 5, 2019

tasty, efficient, and good service

S, October 5, 2019

Good food - got a salad with chicken and lots of veggies. Somosas were OK, but not my favorite.

Claire, October 3, 2019

Good prices great food

Erick, October 3, 2019

tasty options, with calories well displayed

Lex, October 2, 2019

Good food, polite service, clean restaurant, quick fulfillment.

Marjorie, September 29, 2019

The food is always fresh and full of flavor

Daniela, September 29, 2019

enjoyed a healthy chicken bowl!

D., September 28, 2019

Healthy and large portion food with a variety of veggie and topping options. I have enjoyed it.

Wei, September 28, 2019

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!

Paul, September 27, 2019

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.

Francoise, September 27, 2019

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.

Ericka, September 26, 2019

So good!!!! Definitely went back again

Nicole, September 23, 2019

Had a naan bowl which was fantastic! Quick easy and delicious.

Todd, September 22, 2019

So delicious and unexpected!

Lexi, September 21, 2019

Thank You to Anna who took excellent care of me while ordering my 1st Merzi meal!!!

Kelly, September 19, 2019

Delicious and a ton of food for the price

Lauren, September 18, 2019

So many good veggies!

Kate, September 18, 2019

The food was delicious and high qaulity

Lo, September 17, 2019

Quick to order. Tasty food!

Elizabeth, September 16, 2019

I liked all the bowl options, and it was very filling. The somosas were not good though- very salty

Liz, September 16, 2019

Good to go Indian!

Emmie, September 15, 2019

Good food big portions

Erica, September 14, 2019

The scale doesn’t let me select a number but I’d give it a 5 and will go back

Lori, September 14, 2019

Service great and healthy food!

Sunny, September 11, 2019

I love Indian food and this fast casual place hits the spot. It’s fast and delicious!

Candida, September 11, 2019

Good quick bite

Sara, September 11, 2019

Good food, nice stuff

Sanja, September 11, 2019


Wendy, September 10, 2019

The food was delicious and the service was very efficient

Serena, September 10, 2019

Delicious and fun flavors

Emily, September 9, 2019


Sarah, September 9, 2019

Its counterserve indian! Good flavors, portable bowl. Get the tumeric lemonade, if you get a drink. Its incredible.

Hank, September 9, 2019

The variety of toppings were very tasty and nutritious. The portion was too large, so I would have preferred a lower-cost, smaller option.

Christina, September 7, 2019

Delicious meal and great service. I will definitely come back to Merzi!

Maya, September 7, 2019

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.

Marguerite, September 7, 2019

It was great!

Joseph, September 6, 2019

Really good! It’s like a chipotle Indian food 🥘 yummmm

Sammy, September 6, 2019

The food was delicious, the service was quick and friendly

Andrew, September 4, 2019

I am a big fan of Indian food—this had a bunch of variety that I wanted!

Maria, September 4, 2019

Great fast casual bowls and the server was quite nice

Lara, September 4, 2019

It was amazing!! The location was great, good vibes, and most importantly, the food was delicious!

Quinn, September 3, 2019

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.

Keith, September 2, 2019

Lots of options!

Charlotte, September 2, 2019

Hey, it was great! I enjoyed trying a new place in the area. The staff was kind and food was flavorful.

Shivali, September 1, 2019

Good paneer and quick service, like Indian chipotle! Def would consider going here again

Emma, September 1, 2019

Great vegetarian option.

Claire, September 1, 2019

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!!

Rachel, August 28, 2019

Really tasty food - great spices - very cheap.

Jack, August 28, 2019

Fast service

Philip, August 27, 2019

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!

Edene Shirley, August 27, 2019

Great food and service!

Sam, August 23, 2019


John, August 22, 2019

Merzi was a great place. Super affordable. Great customer service. And the food was delicious. I'll definitely go back!

Baktash, August 19, 2019

Very good food for fast casual. Tons of options for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Claire, August 19, 2019

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.

Emily, August 16, 2019

food was yummy!

Hillary, August 9, 2019

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.

Seth, August 6, 2019

It was good - could use a crunch factor to improve.

Alana, August 5, 2019

Yummy food for a good price! Nice option in the Penn Quarter area

Sonia, August 2, 2019

Great spot! We will be back for sure! The only thing that wasn’t our favorite was the rice.

Shelby, July 28, 2019

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.

Twanna, July 26, 2019

The food was DELICIOUS and the mgt awesome. Will definitely return

Juria, July 26, 2019

The food was really tasty and the mango lassi was very delicious!

Michaelle, July 23, 2019

One of the best fast casual spots in the city! Worth going out of your way for.

Frank, July 18, 2019

Delicious, nutritious food and great staff!

Anna, July 17, 2019

Loved my naan bowl from Merzi! And the service was excellent. I will definitely be making a return trip.

Rob, July 17, 2019

Very friendly staff and great food!

Bhavana, July 17, 2019

Amazing customer service and food.

Theodore, July 15, 2019

Merzi was a great find and we enjoyed our meal today. We’ll definitely be back.

Ali, July 12, 2019

Very nice

Fika, July 12, 2019

I really enjoyed my bowl from Merzi! I will probably go back!

Jamie, July 11, 2019

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.

Carter, July 9, 2019

Great food and service!

Amina, July 3, 2019

Could use a little more flavor, but the service was great and quick.

Brett, June 27, 2019


Jamese, June 20, 2019

So yummy!

Elizabeth, June 20, 2019

This place is like Indian Chipotle! It's DELICIOUS!! If I'm in Chinatown again, I'll definitely be going back!

Jillian, June 18, 2019

Everything was so delicious and the price is great for the meal portions!

Evelyn, June 18, 2019

It's good fast/casual Indian food. I'd go back when I'm in the neighborhood.

Jennifer, June 18, 2019

The food was delicious and great service!!

Maddie, June 14, 2019

Great job! Thank you for taking my gift card and making everything so easy!

Blythe, June 13, 2019

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.

Kat, June 11, 2019

So delicious! I wish the food was a little less salty. And they asked me if I wanted it separated.

Alana, June 11, 2019

Great food and service!

Mike, June 7, 2019

Good food … I enjoyed it!

Helen, May 28, 2019

loved the options! would go back again!

Katherine, May 22, 2019

" I loved the location in Penn Quarters intersection- the great thing about it is that it is easy to find."

Blondell, May 15, 2019

Very good naan

Allison, May 8, 2019

Delicious and great service!

Niko, May 5, 2019

Delicious, I will definitely check it out again!

Emily, May 1, 2019

The food was great.

Kirdasha, April 22, 2019

Delicious, quick meal with lots of tasty options.

Anne, April 18, 2019

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.

Rachel, April 16, 2019

Absolutely amazing flavors. We were disappointed they were out of multiple options, but our food was DELICIOUS!

Mary, April 6, 2019

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

Maria A, April 1, 2019

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.

Stacy, March 25, 2019

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.

Kelly, March 24, 2019

Very speedy service. Owner was very nice and helped explain how I can order the food. Thanks!

Mohammad, February 26, 2019
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