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“Beautiful location and good food.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zen Garden Restaurant

Zen Garden Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 511 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Nairobi, Kenya
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28 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Zen Garden is a beautiful leafy setting and an oasis of stylishness and calm in the middle of Nairobi. The food is very good and the staff are charming and efficient. It is especially nice at lunchtime or on warm evenings when you can sit outside. We go a lot and enjoy it every time.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Bagofferrets
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Maidenhead
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Fantastic dim sum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is a wonderful restaurant serving fantastic dim sum. It's in a beautiful setting in a wonderful tropical garden. The staff are friendly and helpful. We ordered dim sum, which was historic (to quote the late great Michael Winner). Moist dumplings of prawn, vegetables and chicken, tastefully served in bamboo baskets. The asparagus was particularly good. The restaurant was quiet as it was out of season on a midweek night, but we still had a thoroughly pleasant dinner.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DH14
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Maputo, Mozambique
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Relaxing garden lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a beautiful spot for a leisurely lunch away from the hectic pace of Nairobi. The duck spring rolls and Jade dumplings were delish! Just make sure to ask for some plum sauce.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MEDMaputo_Mozambique
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Accra, Ghana
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122 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“an excellent evening out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

Had a delightful business dinner here. Good company, good food (well presented), very good service and a quiet atmosphere, all made for an excellent evening out.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Grassy W
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Probably the best Asian food in Nairobi, but a little compromised”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Asian food is a) not really that common in Nairobi, and b) generally not that good. Zen Garden is potentially an exception. It's a bit of a drive out of the main business areas, but that's not necessarily a disadvantage. As the name implies it is a rather large restaurant in a garden setting, which is pleasant and roomy, other diners are not right at your elbows as in many other popular restaurants. I was with a large group of people which gave us the opportunity to share quite a variety of dishes. Having spent a couple of decades living in Southeast Asia, most of the Thai-style dishes were quite good without being exceptionally authentic. Tasty though, and the assortment of chili sauces served on the side made it easy to add spices to individual tastes. We also tried a selection of Dim Sum style dishes, including Har Gau and Shui Mai, and they were quite reasonable, obviously not as hot and steaming as the best restaurants in Hong Kong but OK just the same. We tried Pad Thai, and the Thai Green curry, and the sashimi plus a very tasty seared tuna plate. So. The bottom line on Zen Garden is that the food is a reasonably good attempt at standard Asian dishes, presented in a fashion that resembles that much over-used word 'fusion' (i.e. large plates, modest servings). It is also priced on the high side. So if you're looking for Asian food in Nairobi, go ahead and give it a shot, this is probably about as good as it gets. On the other hand, as it did in my case, it simply whets the appetite for real Asian food in Bangkok, Hong Kong or Shanghai.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark K
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