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Zen

Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 782588593
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Ranked #19 of 72 restaurants in Kigali
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Clive, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Zen restaurant offers an interesting blend of Oriental and African food. The location is convenient and the service is very good. This is a great place for a culinary change of pace in Kigali

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Visited this restaurant in march during one of the official trips, and the craving for thai food took me to this place. Thai Green Curry was awesome.. Pad thai noodles was very well done. Staff was very courteous and service was good.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The setting is beautiful, nice garden, good, professional service. I was a bit disappointed by the Thai food, no lemongrass, no other spices that makes this food so unique. It is not bad but not what you expect when you look foe Thai food. I also tried other Asian dishes, interesting but ... missing the little touch to really enjoy... More

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Kigali, Rwanda
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

From it's opening in 2010, Zen was the best and only Oriental option for Kigali's restaurant scene. It has variety option such as Japanese, Thai and Chinese. Also has nice garden and interior. But, nowadays it needs some innovation for menu. Sometimes food is too salty and no taste.

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Hooper, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was by far the best oriental food i have ever had, you cannot go wring with anything you order here. We came here several times during our trip I had the sweet and sour chicken and kung pow chicken both were wonderful. The atmosphere is great the food is a bit pricy but well worth it.

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Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We where like 10 ppl that went here for the bbq and it was really amazing! First of all a big thanks to the staff and our chef that was really good and funny, the service all in all was very high standard. The FOOD was so delicious. We didn't try anything ells so can't say anything about that but... More

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

i have stayed for a month in Kigali for Business and i have visited the Zen several Time. I have tried various foods and do not have to complain once. There is a Filippino couple who runs the Zen and they are really friendly and do their best for a nice hospitality and good service. The cook for the Teppanyaki... More

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London, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I suppose we should not be surprised that choosing an oriental restaurant in an African city with a French and Belgian heritage is likely to be a bit hit and miss. The setting I this restaurant is pleasant, the service good, but the foo distinctly weird. The chicken and sweet corn soup was like nothing I have had in the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We ate dinner at Zen based on a recommendation from our hotel - the restaurant was in walking distance and we were told it was "good Indian food". We didn't believe that given the name, but made the walk anyway. The restaurant opens at 5:00 p.m. (if memory serves) and given we were prompt to that time, no reservation was... More

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Manchester U.K.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Very good place for a wide range of Asian food. Staff were very helpful and actually advised reducing our order, as portions were very generous. Would definitely return.

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