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“Wonderful dining experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zazen Restaurant

Zazen Restaurant
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa | 177, Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
+66 77 430 345
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Ranked #9 of 127 restaurants in Bophut
Price range: $26 - $39
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Zazen Restaurant Samui has earned wide spread fame and praise as one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui for its superior menu, invigorating beachfront location, and dreamily romantic ambience, with sweeping views of neighboring islands over the tranquil and gentle waters of the bay. THAI DANCE SHOW: Every Thursday & Sunday night
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“Wonderful dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Don't know where the negative reviews ate but it wasn't at the Zazen that we dined at. Wonderful experience and in enchanting surroundings. Staff were first class and the food superb. A bit pricey maybe for Koh Sumui but fraction of what it would have been back home

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Zazen_FBM, Guest Relations Manager at Zazen Restaurant, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Dear Jim,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a good review of your experience at Zazen Restaurant. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and that you appreciated the service of our staff. Our comments have been shared and thanked by our team.

We would be more than happy to welcome you again in our Zazen Restaurant or fine dining Salon de Ti.

Best Regards,

The Zazen Restaurant Team
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“Magical!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had dinner at Zazen this evening (September 21, 2013) and enjoyed every moment. The food was beautifully displayed, the service, impeccable and the food out of this world. We were not staying at Zazen, but nevertheless, the staff was gracious when we arrived and guided us to just the right table. It was a full moon and we could hear firecrackers going off in the night--all very festive and memorable.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zazen_FBM, Guest Relations Manager at Zazen Restaurant, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your nice comment regarding your experience at Zazen.

It has been a pleasure to welcome you in our Resort. We are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us.

Please let us know if you come back to Samui, we would be glad to welcome you again.

Best Regards,

The Zazen Restaurant Team
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

My husband and I went to Zazen with our 1 year old son. We chose here because of the excellent reviews. What a disappointment, far too many tables for the area so you couldn't really call it romantic. Probably would be a nice view but we couldn't see anything as it was dark when we went at 7 pm. I ordered veal with scallops in a sauce. It came with two tiny chewy pieces of veal with an over cooked scallop on the top. The sauce was in a very small shot glass and it was so thin, all I could taste was salt? The few vegetables that was on my plate where raw? It was so bad I had to send it back. They offered me something else but we had waited nearly an hour for our meal, couldn't afford to wait that long again because of my son. I did however ask them to take it off the bill which they did. I ended up eating my 1 year olds meal as it was so salty he didn't want it. There where big chunks of rock salt on his chips and chicken dippers that where really dry. Not what you would expect when you have ordered from a child's menu?
My husband had pork medallions which where really tasty but there was just not enough of them? He was still hungry after his meal.
Staff where friendly and the walk from the car park to the restaurant is lovely but I can think of lots of lovely spots to eat in Koh Samui for a lot less money. Such a shame, we won't be going back and we couldn't recommend it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Restaurant, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Kirsty,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
We are sincerely sorry to hear the we did not meet up to your expectations.

We have shared your comment with our Chef, who will take use this constructive feedback to adjust and improve the mentioned dishes.

We hope to be able to welcome you soon in order to showcase the improvements.

Sunny regards

Zazen Management.
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“food not up to standard”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

service was excellent but food not as expected because I've been hearing people talking about how great zazen is, to my disappointment the mango lassi is diluted with crushed ice, burger patty is too dry and even the simplest Niçoise salad is bland

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Restaurant, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
We are very sorry that we were not up to your expectations food wise.

You appear to have came to our Restaurant for lunch where our food menu is more casual, aiming at catering the needs of our in-house guests who generally eat light food around the pool or at the beach. Nevertheless, we do pay a lot of attention to every dishes served and your comments will be shared with the Chef, who will most certainly appreciate your feedback.

We hope to welcome you for dinner on a future visit to showcase our improvement.

Sunny regards

Zazen Management
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“Must visit Zazen while in Bophut”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We spent the afternoon at Zazen resort. We were not staying at the resort, but phoned to see if we could have massages and then stay for dinner. They were so accommodating- we were able to shower after our massages, have a swim in the sea (the pool was for their hotel guests only but they gave us towels) and then we could shower again before we had dinner in the restaurant at 7 pm.
Dinner was fantastic- we selected from the Thai options menu. All courses were beautifully presented and the flavours were amazing! The chef surprised us with sorbet between courses as a palate cleanser. beautiful meal in an amazing setting on the beach- highly recommended!

Visited September 2013
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Zazen_FBM, Guest Relations Manager at Zazen Restaurant, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time of writing a review of your experience with us. It is a pleasure to note that the services from our Spa as well as our Restaurant have been appreciated. We are also happy to hear that you found your evening at the resort pleasant, and that you enjoyed our Thai Discovery Menu.

We thank you for recommending our restaurant and would be very glad to welcome you again at Zazen Restaurant.

Best Regards,

The Zazen Restaurant Team
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