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“Needs improvement in service... and avoid loud noises!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Zen Garden Restaurant

Zen Garden Restaurant
Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 8034466
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Ranked #33 of 321 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Nairobi, Kenya
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25 restaurant reviews
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“Needs improvement in service... and avoid loud noises!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I have been to this restaurant a few times now - quality of food is good (although a bit pricey...).
Last experience was on Saturday (a public holiday day). Went with family. As soon as we drove in we hear an horrible loud "disco music" NOISE, accompanied by a electric saw noise coming from the neighbours... We found our reserved table (as nobody was there to welcome us...) and the loud annoying disco NOISE accompanied the whole meal... Apparently a ONE YEAR OLD birthday party in the grounds.... Service was (as always over weekends) painfully slow, bitings and main courses were all brought at the same time... Lots of kids running around and making noise, breaking brunches from the trees etc etc (although this is obviously more of a problem from the parents...)

I do realize that businesses need to make money, but it's not fair to have such loud and annoying music playing when other clients are a few meters away in search for a quiet (and expensive) weekend meal.... I doubt I and my guests will return, such a pity as food and menus are pretty good, but atmosphere is also a huge factor in dining experience...

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi
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“Lovely setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Great food at the Thai Restaurant but Coffee shop menu a bit boring and expensive. Beautiful gardens

Visited July 2012
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“Great atmosphere, good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We decided to visit Zen Garden (/Bamboo restaurant) on a whim on a Sunday evening and we were pleasantly surprised.

Their website says they start serving at 7 but we fancied a cocktail before dinner so we called to see if we could go earlier. Turns out they start serving at 6pm and they're happy for you to turn up any time in the afternoon to take advantage of the cafe which has cocktails (though a more limited range than the evening menu).

Being a sunny afternoon we sat outside which was lovely. Lots of children around but largely grouped in one area so actually we didn't find them too intrusive. At 6 we were given new menus and we moved to a different table.

The food isn't cheap (especially the starters), but it's not horribly expensive, and there's an excellent vegetarian selection. We opted for the spring rolls and the sesame tofu starters which we shared and we were very impressed. For mains one of us had the half peking duck which came impressively served on half a bamboo cane with a huge amount of very succulent meat. We also had the vegetable noodles as the other main which was simple but very well done.

The atmosphere was great, as was the service - there were plenty of waiters who were all very polite and they even called a taxi for us at the end of our meal. We'd recommend taking the advice of other reviews to take jumpers if you want to sit outside - something we'd recommend doing for the quiet, intimate atmosphere that didn't seem to be the case inside (though it looked nice enough).

A good 'treat' meal if you're looking for one.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Delicious, food, good service and ambience. Take a jumper or two if you happen to get a table outside its does get cold!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Bamboo restaurant is amazing! Lovely menu and very good value for money. (that doesn’t mean it’s cheap though). Their menu is offers a range of interesting option which are quite unique and different from your typical oriental restaurant in Nairobi. And very vegetarian friendly. Their wine list is good too offering some pocket friendly options…
We were there for dinner on quite a chilly night and got a table outside. Considering there is a lot of outdoors seating, it would be nice to have the jikos/burners for heat. The food too gets cold very fast. 

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lovely Garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Zen garden is such a great place to relax during the weekend or when you just want to get away from the hustle of Nairobi life, quiet sorrounding, green, green, green, peace and quiet, good food! I loved it there!

Visited September 2012
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