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“Good food but over priced, understaffed and very over booked!”
Review of Zen

Zen
Ranked #196 of 1,108 Restaurants in Belfast
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Food was lovely if anything just a little expensive but the service was horrendous! Although we booked we still waited a very long time on a table and 14 people were crammed around a table probably meant to seat 8. After being seated we then waited a long time to get to order our food and it took ordering our desserts three times before actually getting served. The restaurant was seriously over booked without staff to cope. I did explain my feelings to the manager but he was very rude and asked what did I expect it was Christmas!

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1  Thank Hollyberry1981
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

My wife and I decided to have a Christmas dinner (without the Christmas dinner!) and chose Zen for a totally different experience.

There is a calming atmosphere within the restaurant helped by some unusual and relaxing background music and its general oriental ambience.

The service provided by the friendly Japanese staff was exceptional.

If you are wary of Japanese food it is not all sushi and sashimi -you are sure to find a dish to suit and such tasty dishes they have !

Highly recommend:-

Duck Samosas followed by Zen Signature dish (the most deliciously cooked monkfish that I have ever eaten.)

(Also recommend the Bellini cocktails!)

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Thank Beatman
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Zen provides you with great food, great atmosphere, great surroundings and great service! We have been before and so returned for a birthday treat for our daughters 12th birthday on 12/12/12! We were seated quickly, given time to peruse menus, offered drinks and food came with great flair and finesse. Beautiful presentation and excellent quality food! A finishing touch was when a surprise birthday dessert was brought out accompanied by birthday music and mega sparkler! Rounded off an excellent evening out!! Pricey, but for a birthday treat, outstanding!!

Thank elfy70
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Went with a party of 8 from work midweek. We had asked for upstairs which has circular booths but as it was midweek the upstairs wasn't opened. We got a long table downstairs which wasn't ideal. However, service was good but the real treat is the food. With eight banquets you get to taste a variety of dishes and all were great - especially the Monkfish! Restaurant was busy with a bit of a buzz. Recommend the Carmalised Banana with ice-cream for dessert - to die for!
Very pleasant dining experience.

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Thank Sparky020
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

For great Asian fusion food Zae is the place to visit in Belfast.
My best tip would be don't bother ordering main courses just keep sampling the starters and experiment.

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Thank PaulAblenet
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