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All 71 Kigali Restaurants

Zen

Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 782588593
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Ranked #17 of 71 Restaurants in Kigali
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

All kinds of Asian food, Chinese, Japanese & Thai. Best food during 2 weeks spent in Kigali, better than at Mille Collines. Great variety. Most dishes were delicious especially "green fish" baked in foil. Am surprised at some of the ho hum reviews. Yes it is little pricier than most restaurants in Kigali, but inexpensive by American or European standards.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A great place to go in Kigali if you're looking for good Japanese food. There is an extensive sushi menu and all of the curries/rice/noodle dishes are reasonably priced.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After frequenting many restaurants in Kigali where we have waited 1-2 hours for our food (which I know is part of the culture here), Zen was a pleasant surprise with its excellent, quick service. The outdoor seating is beautiful with lovely water features that give you a dining experience that lives up to their name, zen! I had the fried... More

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Kigali, Rwanda
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Zen is one of the most expensive restaurants in Kigali but the quality doesn't justify it. The atmosphere is good, and there's a yummy lettuce wrap on the menu. That's all I can recommend. I tried the pad thai twice and it was horrible both times. The sushi was not good at all. I've tried other dishes that were just... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great location...a small lake just below the restaurant. On this occasion it was yet another time to wind down in advance of the weekend and Zen is the perfect spot. Great snacks accompanied by some fine French 'reds'!

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We wound up here instead of another spot we were hoping for (which was closed that night). But we weren't disappointed - - this was no consolation prize! The atmosphere is great -- we sat outdoors next to a little river, and the sound of the running water was relaxing. The food selection was amazing, and we had THE BEST... More

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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

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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