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Zen Japanese Sushi Bar & Teppanyaki

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Japanese, Sushi, Diner
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Portomaso Yacht Marina | St. Julian's, Malta, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta PTM01, Malta
+356 2138 6500
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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Zen was Malta's first Japanese restaurant and it is still widely regarded...
Zen was Malta's first Japanese restaurant and it is still widely regarded to be the best, with a wide selection of specialities and delicacies including miso soup, sushi, sashimi, vegetable & prawn tempura, as well as fish, meat and vegetarian dishes traditionally cooked and served in our Teppanyaki private room. The contemporary style of the restaurant blends effortlessly with the chic menu, providing an all-round, Japanese-style dining experience. Japanese cuisine is a ritual in itself - a celebration of time-honoured traditions, fresh ingredients and charming hospitality. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to guide you - whether this is your first taste of Japanese cuisine or the latest of many!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fantastic sushi! Had a great time and the local fresh fish combined with their amazing chefs provided the best sushi I've had in years!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Joe C
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fantastic sushi! Had a great time and the local fresh fish combined with their amazing chefs provided the best sushi I've had in years!

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Ware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Initial visit was in the main restaurant. Asked for the staff to recommend a selection of food. Simply superb. A few days later, we returned for the Teppanyaki. Great entertainment, but doesn't lose sight of the fact the food again was 5*.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I have tried many Japanese restaurants and it is quite obvious that a lot of them offer food that is a bit fatty or give you the sensation of being full. For my surprise, this food is very light and very tasty also. I think this is the best in this area. The service is perfect and the staff is... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We decided to try Zen as our last dinner of the holiday and were glad we did. They have an excellent tepenyaki table and a talented and entertaining chef. If you haven't seen the show then you should go here. The food was good quality and very tasty, we had a mix of fillet and ribeye beef and chicken. Perfectly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Been to loads of Japanese restaurants and they are always great fun with the chefs the main entertainment however ive had more fun at my aunty Nells funeral. This place has no atmosphere, is over priced and got our bill wrong twice.

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aellul, Owner at Zen Japanese Sushi Bar & Teppanyaki, responded to this review

Rubish...or "Rubbish?"...please make up your mind..... We do hardly entertain this kind of vocabulary, yet we are not surprised at reading it as it seems to be a common use in the reviewer daily language judging from his/her previous contributions. The fact that one can state to be entertained during a funeral says it all. We are not a "circus"... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have been visiting Zen for 4 or 5 years. Loved the sushi, but for our main both my daughter and myself went with our usual a beef tenderloin. They have changed it! The quality of the beef wasn't stunning and the lack of sauce didn't make for a nice dish. Manager was very good and replaced using something close... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It's far the best Japanese restaurant in Malta. Food is amazing, stuff- professional and chefs are geniuses! Perfect place for dinner with friends, especially in Teppanyaki room- fun guaranteed :)

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Hillegom, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The sushi is one of the best we ever had. Visited twice in one week. Nobu San rocks. Sympathetic crew and charming owner. You cannot go wrong. Not cheap but worth it. If you want cheap....don't dine. Go to Mc Donalds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We did not book but stumbled into Zen. We were told all the tables were booked but we could sit in the area where a chef cooks for you....not sure if it was to get us to spend more money but we sat & ordered some items from the menu & some for the chef to cook. After a good... More 

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aellul, Owner at Zen Japanese Sushi Bar & Teppanyaki, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer. Thank you for your feedback. We do endeavour to follow up on our "genuine" customers’ input; consequently we always take “constructive complaints” seriously. However up to date we are still wondering about the level of your comment constructivity since this was limited to our booking system, which with all due respect, does not pertain to our guests. Reason... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Love my Japanese food and I was not disappointed eating here. There is lots of variety but also there were plenty of sushi and sushimi boxes to chose from. Naturally the fish was fresh as this is an Island and the staff like nearly all Japanese restaurants, very attentive and friendly. You should love it here. Thanks and if you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Portomaso Yacht Marina | St. Julian's, Malta, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta PTM01, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Saint Julian's
  • Phone Number: +356 2138 6500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 56 - 103
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Zen was Malta's first Japanese restaurant and it is still widely regarded to be the best, with a wide selection of specialities and delicacies including miso soup, sushi, sashimi, vegetable & prawn tempura, as well as fish, meat and vegetarian dishes traditionally cooked and served in our Teppanyaki private room. The contemporary style of the restaurant blends effortlessly with the chic menu, providing an all-round, Japanese-style dining experience. Japanese cuisine is a ritual in itself - a celebration of time-honoured traditions, fresh ingredients and charming hospitality. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to guide you - whether this is your first taste of Japanese cuisine or the latest of many!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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