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Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 782 588 593
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Ranked #13 of 72 Restaurants in Kigali
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Melbourne Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A really good Asian restaurant, well priced, very slick service and an extensive menu to chose from. The open sided thatched roofed building made the ambience most enjoyable.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

ohhh fantastic place to have an evening dinner, very tasty food and excellent staff and environment. made me feel like sitting in a 7+star environment.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited the restaurant twice with the family on our last trip to Kigali. First occasion was for lunch and we sat at the teppanyaki table and we were highly entertained by the Chef Edwin. Excellent food and wonderful service. The second occasion was for dinner and a more formal affair being part business and part pleasure. Once again the food... More

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Kigali, Rwanda
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This place is really nice the service is nice and food is really very nice ... i love to go to this place atleast one or twice in a month

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kigali
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144 reviews 144 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Enjoy both the food and atmosphere here and Melanie, the floor manager, is very helpful - especially when ordering for a big table. One of my favorite restaurants in Kigali and great for a date as well as a business dinner.

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Yasir A, Owner at Zen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal at Zen and we look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you Zen management and staff More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This place deserves to be among the top 5 restaurants in Kigali. Service is always attentive and the quality of the food is consistent which is rare. We love dim sums although they are pricey and we would love to have special dim sums offers sometimes.

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Yasir A, Owner at Zen, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoy our Dim Sum. We try to keep our pricing as reasonable as possible but unfortunately a few of the ingredients for the Dim Sum need to be imported and that increases the price. We do look forward to welcoming you to Zen again. Thank you Zen management and... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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Yasir A, Owner at Zen, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal at Zen. We try to keep our pricing as reasonable as possible but a few of our ingredients need to be imported which increases the prices. We do look forward to welcoming you back at Zen. Thank you Zen management and staff More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
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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Yasir A, Owner at Zen, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal at Zen and we look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you Zen management and staff More

Kigali, Rwanda
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Yasir A, Owner at Zen, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal at Zen and we look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you Zen management and staff More

Kigali, Rwanda
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Yasir A, Owner at Zen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are extremely sorry that the quality of food did not live up to your expectations. We hope you can visit us again in the near future to once again sample our cuisine and we are confident you will be pleased. Thank you Zen management and staff More

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Additional Information about Zen

Address: Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
Phone Number: +250 782 588 593
Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Kigali Province  >  Kigali
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Thai

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