We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great atmosphere, good food.”

Zen Garden Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 567 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
279 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, good food.”
Reviewed September 23, 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
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank EllieandAlexis
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

379 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    166
    145
    43
    19
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Delicious, food, good service and ambience. Take a jumper or two if you happen to get a table outside its does get cold!”
Reviewed September 16, 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
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank shreyashah
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Taibon, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lovely Garden”
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
Helpful?
Thank CWeryl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice place to relax and enjoy!”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Went there for some tea and bites. It is a very nice place and calming too! Food was tasty and clean and good portions. Friendly staff!

Visited June 2012
Helpful?
Thank RohiniKumari
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mombasa
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful fusion”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Beautiful location, very zen decoration.
The food we had a variety of dishes, all taste wonderfuly, served in a special dishes
All yammmmmmy

  • Visited September 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank TONAMOMBASA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Zen Garden Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Zen Garden Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing