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“Lovely setting but inconsistent quality”

Zen Garden Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 553 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely setting but inconsistent quality”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Each time I go to Zen Garden I always leave feeling a bit dissapointed as it never quite meets expectations. The first meal I had there, we had asian cuisine and the children had pizza and whilst the pizza was great ... the asian food was ok, but quite bland. The next time we went we had sushi which was great, but the kids pizzas were not and the sevice was all out of sync. The final time the food was all ok but distinctly average. Friends have often recommended this place and whilst the setting is lovely, the food always seems to fall short. Perhaps it's just our bad luck.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Tiffany F
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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
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
“Nice setting”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Great place away from town. Food was great, enjoyed the service and ambience of the place. It gets crowded though towards evenings.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Martha152
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Nairobi, Kenya
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28 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and good food.”
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
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1 Thank Bagofferrets
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Maidenhead
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118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Fantastic dim sum”
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
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Thank DH14
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Maputo, Mozambique
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Relaxing garden lunch”
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
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Thank MEDMaputo_Mozambique
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